Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Oval Rabbit

This was put together on the spur of the moment, while we were doing some other arts and crafts one afternoon during our recent holiday in Malaysia. Ryan has been doing a lot of hopping and saying "hop, hop, hop" so I thought that a bunny theme would interest him. It's also inspired by the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit. 

Based on the same concept as the Circle Bear, the Oval Rabbit is made up of different sized ovals. I didn't spend much time on the preparation - it took me less than 10 minutes, including coming up with the idea. I drew the ovals free hand (ovals are fairly easy to draw, thank goodness) and, as I used white art block paper, I only had to colour the eyes and the nose.

This was relatively tricky for Ryan to put together because the rabbit's ears go behind the head and the cheeks of the rabbit are bigger than the head. I think, to Ryan, it is a little strange to be sticking only half of a piece on only half of another piece. It turned out to be something like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle. I think it would work better if I made a sample first so that Ryan would understand that the final product can actually look like a rabbit. 

Ryan had fun tearing the cotton and sticking it on the rabbit's ears though, so next time we do this, I might give Ryan some cotton buds to use for whiskers and perhaps some felt for the nose - it can be a more sensory activity.

Anyway, paste the rabbit onto some light card and you've got yourself a homemade Chinese New Year card!


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