Much-Loved Velveteen Rabbit

Why

The Velveteen Rabbit longs for the days when he was the most important toy in the playroom. Draw your favorite scenes to show how he was worn out from lots of love.


Steps

1. Read The Velveteen Rabbit. Notice how through pictures you can see the rabbit become more shabby and worn.


2. On white construction paper, draw two Velveteen Rabbits using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Make one rabbit look brand new, clean and crisp. Make the second one look shabby. The bow around his neck could look perfect or torn and tattered, for example. If you change your mind, just erase and draw again.


3. Cover your art area with newspaper. Color the rabbits using Crayola Oil Pastels. Cut them out with Crayola Scissors.


4. Fold a large piece of white construction paper in half. With your colored pencils, draw a setting when the rabbit was a new toy in the playroom. Show a second scene when he was shabby, worn, and sad after being discarded. Fill in your drawings using oil pastels. Decorate them with Crayola Glitter Glue.


5. With Crayola School Glue, attach each rabbit to a small piece of foam or cardboard. Glue the rabbits onto the background. Air-dry the glue before displaying.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Sponges and Foam—Sponges, foam, and other expandable materials should not be used with children 3 years old and younger.

Adaptations

  • Create a two-sided poster with each side showing things young and old: a baby and an old man, a seed and an apple, a new house and an old one.
  • Show a progression of one item as it goes from new to old. Choose a tree, a baby animal, a pet, or a book.
  • Do you have a favorite toy? Write a short story about it. Draw a scene with you and your favorite toy.
  • Assessment: Ask children to describe their drawings and point out the differences and similarities in the two scenes.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Crayola® Oil Pastels
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • foam pieces

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students read or listen to the children’s classic tale of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

  • Students realize how the passage of time changes things and can be ascertained by reading words or by looking for clues in pictures.

  • Students demonstrate, through the use of a two-part drawing, a young Velveteen Rabbit and then a much older and worn rabbit.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards