I was gifted The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown for a baby shower gift. I read it to my baby often and it became one of his most treasured storybook throughout the toddler and preschool years. Naturally, through his love for the book, I started creating themed activities based on little bunny and ideas from the story.
So, what is The Runaway Bunny all about? It’s about a curious little bunny who wants to explore the idea of running away from his mother. Little bunny cooks up creative ways on how they’ll make that happen. Like any loving mother, mother bunny comes up with her own creative ways to catch her little bunny. For instance, little bunny said they’ll turn into a trout. Then, mother retorts and said she’ll turn into a fisherman and fish them from the stream. At the end of the day, little bunny decides to stay home where they belong. It’s a sweet story with many teachable moments.
Not only is The Runaway Bunny a beloved storybook, they recently adapted it into a short movie (30 minute run-time) on HBO Max! The movie even features the classic song by Mariah Carey Always Be My Baby (how fitting is that?).
Quick Start Guide
- Read by watching the read aloud video of the story for the week.
- Learn by building connections between concepts from the story and your child’s world through active reading.
- Play one of six story extension activities to engage and build upon new concepts learned.
If you are new to TigerKubz’s Storybook-based Activity Guide, read the introduction post for more details.
Listen to the Story
The Runaway Bunny Activities
Letter B for The Runaway Bunny Alphabet Craft
Help your toddler practice letter recognition with this fun and easy craft. Firstly, cut out the letter B on a piece of construction paper or plain white paper as the bunny’s body. Then, glue pom poms all around the letter B to give the bunny some “fur”. Cut out two bunny ears and glue it to the body. Lastly, glue googly eyes to give bunny some eyes.
Cutting Practice: Mother Bunny’s Great Tightrope Walk
Practice scissor skills with this creative activity using the plot line from The Runaway Bunny when little bunny ran to the circus! Ask your child to help mother bunny cross the tight rope by cutting on the line.
Start by drawing various lines on a piece of paper. Next, draw mother bunny on one end and little bunny on the other. Strengthen your child’s fine motor skills and scissor skills by trying to cut as close as possible on the line and help mother bunny get to little bunny! For advanced learners, challenge them by making zig zag lines and other types of curves to cut along.
Walk the Line
Okay, so chances are, you probably don’t have a tight rope lying around the house. That’s okay! If you have painters tape or any type of string that will work. Begin by making your own makeshift tightrope across your living room or hall. Challenge your child to put one foot in front of the other and pretend to be a tightrope walker.
My toddler loved this game so much that when we were walking around the streets of NYC, he noticed the gaps in between each sidewalk block. He said to me, “look mom, it’s a tightrope!” and practiced balancing between the lines. I love it when they make connections like that!
Find the Bunny!
This is another popular game! Flashcards are not the only way to help your child practice number recognition. This engaging game of hide and seek incentives young children to say the number before they can pick it up to see if little bunny is hiding behind it!
Create your own number cards and cut out a little bunny for hiding. If you’re short on time, The Runaway Bunny learning kit comes with the game all prepped for you and ready to use!
Sheryll is the proud mom to 3 boys (3, 7, and 14-years-old) and wife to her better half. She is the founder and CEO of TigerKubz and is on a mission to empower parents with tools to easily engage their little learners. When Sheryll is not thinking of creative ways to make learning experiences of everyday life, changing diapers, or chasing after her kids, you may find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes, attempting to fish on a nice day, or jamming out to Disney singalongs with Alexa.