Bunny Listening Game

This is a fun twist on a classic game that will have your preschool or kindergarten students begging for more! Even better, the Bunny Listening Game can be used in public or faith based programs- it’s not just for Easter.

You may already be familiar with this game from my free Easter Party Planning Guide. I made a set of free printable cards to go along with the game, keep reading to download your copy.

Bunny Listening Game for #preschool and #kindergarten with FREE printable
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Supplies

  • Bunny ears- store bought or make you own
  • Free printable Bunny Says game cards- see below
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

Bunny Ears


If you don’t already have a set of store bought bunny ears like those pictured above, or if you are not allowed to use them due to lice concerns you can easily make your own. To create your own bunny ears, use a sentence strip for the headband and white paper for the ears. Cut and glue the white paper ears to the sentence strip, then staple the sentence strip to create the headband. I also found this cute idea for making bunny ears with a paper plate.

How to Play the Bunny Listening Game – An Easter Activity


This game is played just like Simon Says, only the bunny does the talking! Select one child to be the bunny and invite that child to wear the headband. Give the child an Easter basket with the picture cards inside. If your program does not allow Easter baskets just skip the basket and put the pictures in a brown paper lunch bag. The bunny stands in front of the class and selects one card at a time to “read” aloud to the class. For example, “Bunny says, touch your toes.”

The students will listen to the bunny and perform the action he or she says. If the bunny does not say “Bunny says” and the students do the action they are “out.”

When playing this game with 4 year olds it’s helpful to use picture prompts for the bunny because it is very difficult for 4′s to come up with actions on their own. I created a set of free printable cards for you below to use for this purpose. You can print the pictures on cardstock or glue them on index cards and laminate.

Educational Benefits of Playing the Bunny Listening Game


When they are playing this game, kids just think they’re having fun. What they don’t know is they are developing listening skills and self-regulation at the same time. Remember what Mary Poppins said about “a spoonful of sugar?” Kids have to listen carefully and follow the directions given by the Bunny in this game, then practice waiting or regulating their own behavior until it is time to move.

Tips
Encourage the child who is playing the role of the bunny to use complete sentences for oral language development. For example, “Bunny says, touch your elbow.”

Extension
My class always enjoys the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I think they enjoy this book so much because it is about a naughty bunny and has many similarities to other favorites such as No, David by David Shannon. After reading Peter Rabbit, we play this game and call it “Peter Says” instead of “Bunny Says.” This is a great way to incorporate a fun learning game in your preschool or kindergarten classroom without involving any religious holidays.

Click on the image below to download the free Bunny Says game.
Free Printable Bunny Listening Game for #preschool and #kindergarten

More Spring Fun

Need more ideas? Visit the Easter and Spring Animals page for math and literacy activities.

Don’t forget to check out my Easter and Spring theme Pinterest board below!
Easter Pinterest Board

You might find me linking up with the following link parties:
My favorite kid-friendly linky parties

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.

Comments

  1. I really like these activities

  2. Kathy Griffin says:

    OH MY Goodness! This will be so much fun! Love it Vanessa. Thanks for sharing :)

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