How many cotton balls does it take to turn a tin can into a fluffy rabbit? This simple Easter craft encourages hands-on creativity and includes a small math element to keep your young thinker challenged. Use your finished rabbit as a holder for pencils and pens or as a decoration to spruce up your table for Easter.
What You Need:
- Tin can, washed and labels removed
- Bag of cotton balls
- White glue
- 2 wiggly eyes
- 3 pipe cleaners
- Small piece of felt or paper
What You Do:
- Before you begin the craft, add a math element to this activity by asking your child to guess how many cotton balls she thinks it will take to completely cover the can.
- Have your child begin gluing cotton balls in rows around the can. Continue until the entire can is covered. Have her count the cotton balls as she glues to see how many it takes. Did she guess right?
- Let the glue dry.
- Ask your child to choose one side of the can to be the face of the rabbit, then help her glue on wiggly eyes.
- Have her cut a small triangle nose and mouth out of the felt. Glue these to the bunny's face.
- Cut one pipe cleaner into 4 equal sections and glue them on either side of the nose for whiskers.
- Ask your child to bend the other 2 pipe cleaners into half circles, then glue them to the inside of the can above the bunny's face to create his ears. Be careful not to use too much glue here or the ears might not stay. If the ears don't want to stick, you can use tape instead.
- Let the glue dry thoroughly.