Cottontail craft

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Cottontail craft
Age Range 3-5 (PreK-K)
Group Size medium (6-20)
Setting indoors
Setup Time medium (6-30 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min)
Subjects rabbits, mammals
Key terms conntontail, rabbit, tail
Materials brown and green construction paper, cotton balls, brown paint, glue
Presentation Style model

Brief Description

Students will be able to create their own rabbit art craft.


Students will recognize that a cottontail rabbit has a big ears for hearing predators and a distinctive cotton-like tail.

Scientific Background

Identification: The cottontail rabbit is a somewhat stocky animal with large hind feet, long ears, and a short, fluffy tail that resembles a cotton ball. Its long, coarse coat varies in color from reddish-brown to a black or grayish-brown. The underparts are white.

Habitat: Edges of open fields and meadows, areas of dense high grass, in wood thickets, along fence rows, forest edges, and the borders of marshy areas.Interesting Facts: Cottontail rabbits are active all year long, foraging mainly at night. During the day they remain concealed in dense brush, protected from predators and harsh weather. Cottontails have very keen sight and hearing. When danger is sensed, the animal will usually freeze in place until the danger has passed, but they will flush readily if approached too closely. Rabbits normally move slowly in short hops or jumps, but when frightened they can achieve speeds up to 18 miles per hour over a short distance. They often zig-zag to confuse a pursuing predator. Although they do not take to the water often, rabbits are good swimmers. They will thump the ground with their hind feet regularly, probably as a means of communication.

This Is How You Play

  1. An adult cancut out large brown circles for adult rabbits and smaller circles for young rabbits.
  2. Kids glue the brown circles onto green or other color construction paper.
  3. Kids dip a thumb into brown paint and stamp on top of the brown circles to represent ears.
  4. Kids glue a cottonball onto the bottom of the brown circle to represent the tail.


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