easter bunny books and painting eggs

March 22, 2010

I only have two books that have the actual "easter bunny" in them. The first (pictured above) is not an Easter book at all, but the Easter bunny does make an appearance in it. This is a book I had as a child, so it had a huge influence on my perception of the Easter bunny. I always imagined him sneaking around outside and that one day, if I looked out my window at just the right moment, I just might see him. 

Easter Bunny Saves the Day by Anne Mussenbrock

This is a book I bought for Juliet when she was a baby. We read it a lot her first year just because the illustrations were so engaging. In fact, I don't think we actually read the words, we just pointed at the pictures and talked about what we saw. 

The baby bunny sleeping in a basket by the mama and daddy's bed was always a favorite topic. 

The book is about the Easter bunny getting all the eggs painted just in time for Easter. I wanted us to replicate that activity by painting our own eggs. I didn't want to use real eggs--I was hoping to find some wooden eggs, but had no luck. So, I settled on a bag of round river rocks. Juliet thought that was just fine. 

We spent an evening painting our "eggs" together and let them dry overnight. 

The next day, Juliet had fun placing them in a basket and taking them to the garden "for the bunnies." 

It kind of looks like the basket in the book!

We also had fun hiding and hunting for eggs around the yard. In the end, the stones turned out to be a great idea because now they can live outside and we can play with them all year around. 

Do you have any favorite Easter Bunny books to share? 

(I'm linking this post up to the Spring Link Party at Fantastic Find, stART at A Mommy's Adventures, and Friday's Nature Table at The Magic Onions!)


Brimful Curiosities said...

I previewed The Easter Egg by Jan Brett at the library couple weeks ago. It is amazingly detailed and has earned the top spot on my Easter bunny book list.

Ana said...

I love that book and the idea of painting little rocks is just amazing! I'll be doing that with Emma... she already got 3 huge chocolate eggs for Easter but has not idea if what she's celebrating, having a book like that would make it easy. Thanks for sharing!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I love the painted rocks! They turned out adorable and are perfect for hide-and-seek. You'll have to check out my blog this week for Easter and bunny-themed books. :)

Is that freshly spread mulch?!? I've been avoiding taking outdoor pics because my yard is such a disaster. I avoid yardwork like the plague!

Jenny said...

That's a great idea! Those are cute egg rocks!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love those stone eggs - great idea. We will probably not do many Easter eggs this year though - Anna's German grandparents will be here, so I just want to give her a chance to interact with them as much as she can.

Phyllis said...

I love the mix of book photos with the things you did photos. Beautiful post.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Love the book photos and the Easter egg rocks are adorable!!

Swati said...

Thats strange - our copy of Never talk to strangers seems to have different illustrations. Hmm, must check up. Different editions perhaps with new artist.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love the idea of painted rocks around the yard - that could work for a number of themes.

Michelle said...

I love the idea of painting rocks for Easter Eggs what a great project to go along with these books!

Thank you for linking up to stART!!

sbswtp said...

What a fun idea!!! They came out so great :)


I LOVE the stone eggs!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Painting rock eggs is such a great idea!

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