A tongue twister title gives way to a simple, but fun game.  As we live near a wooded river-valley area, in spring our neighbourhood sees bunnies running about, much to our daughter’s delight!

Materials

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Black or brown felt for the burrows
  • White, brown, grey felt for the bunnies (or go with any colours that appeals to you!)
  • Pink felt for the noses
  • Black fabric paint
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing materials
  • Plastic pellets (purchased from craft or dollar stores)
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup or scoop
  • Clear plastic zippered bag
  • Smock

Directions

  • Fold your felt over and cut out two rectangles to form your bean bag pieces for as many bean bags as you would like.

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Cut out a set of ears and a nose (we did a triangle and rounded the corners).

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Don your smock.  Make two eyes out of fabric paint on one of your rectangles.  You could also sew on buttons.  Our bunny is quite simple- “make it your own”!

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Glue on your felt nose and allow your bunny face to dry overnight.  (You could also sew it on.)

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Sew around the edge of your bean bag, tucking the ears in between the two layers.  We used our sewing machine foot as a guide and then trimmed off the excess to make it uniform.  Be sure to leave a space in your sewing big enough to fit your funnel to fill your bean bag (as seen in the photograph).

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Put your beanbag into a see-through bag and add your plastic pellets, using a scoop and a funnel.  You don’t want to fill your bean bag too full to allow for movement.

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Move your pellets to the side opposite of the hole in your bean bag (to avoid needle breakage) and sew up your hole.

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Cut out various sizes and shapes of burrow holes out of dark felt.

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

  • Arrange your burrows on the ground with some near and some further away and try to toss your bunny bean bags into the burrows.  We made a fox based on an old drawing of my son’s to hang on the wall, imagining the bunnies escaping their predator!

Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game with make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & Activities for Kids)

Purpose

  • Learning how to sew, developing fine motor skills.
  • Developing gross motor skills through play (tossing, working on aim towards a target etc.)

Safety Notes

  • Use scissors with care & supervision.
  • Plastic pellets can be a choking hazard, be sure to keep them out of reach from children 0-3 years of age.
  • A sewing machine is for adult use or depending on the age and abilities of your child,  with direct supervision and guidance.
  • Be sure to wear a smock to prevent damage to your clothing from the paint and glue and use a craft tray to protect surfaces.
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