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The Runaway Bunny Book Unit {BFIAR}


This week we read the book The Runaway Bunny and ‘rowed’ it {a Before Five in a Row book}. We loved reading Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown together and working on our Goodnight Moon Unit, so I knew that The Runaway Bunny book unit would be just as much fun. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done a book unit, so Kaleb was very excited to see me pull out things for our study.




The Runaway Bunny Book

Here’s a quick summary of the The Runaway Bunny {in Kaleb’s words}:

“The bunny wanted to run away. He said he was going to be a fish. His mom said she was going to be a fisherman.  Then he would be a rock, and she would be a rock climber. Then he would be a crocus and she would be a gardener. Then he would be a bird and she would be a tree. Then he would be a boat and she would be the wind. Then he would be a tightrope walker and she would be a swinger. He would be a boy and the mom would be a mom. Then he wanted to be a rabbit. His mom said “Want a carrot?”

Comparing Pictures in the Story to Other Book


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After we had read through The Runaway Bunny, Kaleb recognized a few of the pictures from another book. We pulled out our copy of Goodnight Moon and compared the pictures with pictures that were in The Runaway Bunny.

Some of the pictures hanging on the wall were almost the same, so we talked about the similarities and differences between the two. Pictures in one book might have been black and white, while others were color. The bunny mom sat in a rocker in both books and the picture of the mom bunny fishing for her son was hanging on the wall in the book Goodnight Moon. There are many other similarities, so you’ll have to see what you discover too!

Identifying Words in a Story


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Kaleb l.o.v.e.s. using Do-A-Dot Markers, so we take full advantage and use them whenever we can! As we were reading the The Runaway Bunny together, Kaleb was on the lookout for words in the story {the find-a-word sheet is in the Runaway Bunny Printable Pack}. When Kaleb finds a word in the book, he uses a Do-A-Dot Marker to cover up the word {above you can see him finding the word carrot}.

Typically, I will read the words to him that are on the word sheet and he remembers many of them as we are reading through the story and then searches the page for the word. For him there is nothing more satisfying that stamping that word out!

Practicing Balance by “Tightrope” Walking


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One of the things that the bunny says he is going to do is become a tightrope walker. Rather than string up a REAL tightrope, we put a jump rope down on the floor to see if Kaleb could keep his balance. Quite a bit safer than the alternative {and he had just as much fun doing it over and over again!}.

Making Crocuses From Handprints


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This craft is thanks to Delightful Learning. We traced Kaleb’s hand on purple paper and then cut them out, rolled them up and added some leaves to make purple crocuses. He absolutely loved his flowers and stuck them up above his desk to save.

Find the Hiding Runaway Bunny


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In the story, the runaway bunny hides in the flowers of the garden and his mom finds him. We used the Runaway Bunny Printables and our table top pocket chart to ‘hide’ our paper bunny and then Kaleb had to name a number and peek behind that number to see if it was the one hiding the bunny.

He had just as much fun hiding the bunny from me and would only give me three guesses to find the missing bunny. I would say a number and he would pull the number off the pocket chart to see if I was right.

Sequencing a Story


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We used the story sequencing strips from The Runaway Bunny Printables for this activity. The first 2 days, I left all of the strips together so that Kaleb could put them in sequential order by number {i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd}. The last two days I cut the picture off the strip and he first ordered the numbers in the correct sequence. He then tried to remember the order the events in the story took place and would check the book when he was done to see if he put them in the right sequence.

Clap the Syllables


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Part of The Runaway Bunny Printables have one and two syllable words from the story. I would read Kaleb one of the words and he would clap it out and then tell me how many syllables the word had and sort it under the right number.

Differences in Sketches and Paintings

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The artwork in The Runaway Bunny goes back and forth between paintings or watercolors and pen sketches. I picked one of the simpler pictures in the book and sketched it out using pencil and pen for Kaleb to look at and decide which looked more like what was in the story.

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Alphabet Flash Cards and Alphabet Wall Posters


If you’re looking for a fun (and smaller) way for kids to remember letter formation and also have a quick reminder of beginning letter sounds, you’ll enjoy these alphabet flashcards.

Each card feature both an uppercase and lowercase print letter along with a guide for how the letter is formed. Along with the letters, cards show a picture of an item that begins with that letter (a – apple, b – butterfly, etc.). 

There are two sets of cards in the download: one with a cartoon image and another with a photo of a real item. 

The alphabet flashcards each print off around 2” x 3”, about the size of a deck of cards. We printed our cards off onto cardstock, laminated them to make them more sturdy, hole-punched them and then put them on a jump ring. {Note: this is how we laminate more inexpensively}.

You can also use the smaller cards to make a fun banner to hang in your classroom.

Alphabet Wall Posters

If you are a classroom teacher, or have more space on your walls, you may want to download the Alphabet Wall Posters. The wall posters show how the upper and lowercase letters are formed, giving children a great visual on letter formation.

Alphabet Wall Posters

These posters are 8 1/2” x 11” in size and one set features real images {they match the Beginning Sounds Poster and several of the other Preschool Alphabet printables} while the second set has clip art images ~ both are cute!

Check out these free Cursive Alphabet Printables

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Prefer a cursive handwriting font to model? Check out the Cursive ABC Flashcards and Cursive ABC Posters and download them today!

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Other Early Learning Printables You May Enjoy

You can find more Early Learning Printables {all for FREE} on my website. Have fun!!

Draw and Journal Pages Printable

Draw and Journal Pages



Our children have always love the drawing and writing journals that we pick up every year. The only thing that’s hard is having them inside a journal book and not as loose leaf paper. There are many times that I like to include them in a lapbook we are working on or as part of another project we make.

As I’m gearing up for the upcoming school year, I put together some Draw and Journal Pages for the boys to use during their school time and hope that they will help you all out as well! They go along perfectly with the Draw Write Now series of books we absolutely love.



There are three pages {for now!!} in the free Draw and Journal Pages download. Depending on the ability of your child, there are some with larger spaced lines and one without a center dotted line. Download a copy for yourself and let me know if there are more that you would like to see added!


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Bird Theme Printables ~ Early Learning Printables

These printables were created to use when studying birds with your child. Last year I put together a set of preschool bird printables along with Carisa from 1+1+1=1 and when we began our bird unit this spring, I put together some kindergarten bird printables to use as well.

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These Kindergarten Bird Printables include additional fun activities such as labeling a bird, less/more, syllable counting, roll one more and one less, following directions and more.  On the download page, you will also find links to download two additional printable packs focused toward preschool ages, so don’t miss those!

Download the Kindergarten Bird printables pack!!

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Don’t Miss These Printables Either!

~ Robin Lapbook

~ Bird Preschool Unit

~ More Early Learning Printable Packs

The Red Carpet Early Learning Printables

The Red Carpet PrintablesReady for a few more printables based on a great book? These printables were created to use with The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin {check your library to see if they have a copy ~ this is a great story!}.

I found a used copy on Amazon for a great price, so keep checking if you don’t find one right away! The prices for the used books change often.

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The printables for the book The Red Carpet include fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, counting cards, counting by cents, a scavenger hunt check sheet for road signs in the story, early mapping skills, telegram words and more!

Download The Red Carpet printables pack!!


Don’t Miss These Either!

~ The Red Carpet word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

~ Resources from Homeschool Share

~ More Literature Based Printables

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Cowboy Unit Early Learning Printables

Have a little cowboy or cowgirl in your house that would like to spend some more time on a cowboy unit?

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These printables were created to use with a cowboy unit with your child. I have a fun pile of books that I can’t wait to read {see below}. Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski is one of the main books that we’ll be using, although we have a stack of books we’ll be reading as well.


The Cowboy Early Learning Printables include fun activities to tie in with various western and cowboy themed books ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, abc mazes, syllable counting, size sorting and more!
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Download the Cowboy Printables pack!!

I’ll be sharing some other fun cowboy crafts and go-alongs soon, so stay tuned!

Other Links to Check Out:

~ Christian Preschool Printables Western VBS Theme

~ Pre-K Pages Western Theme

~ Making Learning Fun Western Theme

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