How to make Bunny Art & “White Rabbit’s Color Book”

A Sweet Book & Paint & Wash Bunny Art!

After reading Alan Baker’s “White Rabbit’s Color Book” we decided to try out some interactive Bunny Art involving paint, soapy foam, water play & our FREE Bunny printable! I’m excited to walk you through it, so let’s get started…

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Summary of “White Rabbit’s Color Book”

“White Rabbit’s Color Book” by Alan Baker is a sweet book about a curious rabbit who stumbles upon “three big tubs of paint, red, yellow, and blue”. She decides to take a dip in the various tubs of paint, mixing colors and becoming all the colors of the rainbow.

Very simple illustrations help the color mixing stand out in an adorable fashion. In between colors the rabbit washes off in a pull string shower, which is great until it runs out of water! 😮 Don’t worry, all ends happily and you might just learn an unexpected color combination, not typically featured! 😉

How We Made Paint & Wash Bunny Art…

Bunny drawing about to be laminated.

We tend to keep the activities as simple as possible around here. We’re not interested in complicated or costly. We are also all about fostering independence. For this activity my daughter drew a bunny on a regular piece of printer paper (I’ve made this available to you in our Free Printables Library). Then we laminated it. Don’t worry if you don’t have a laminator you can always use clear contact paper instead.

inside "White Rabbits Color Book" showing white bunny in yellow bowl in forefront and hands painting Bunny drawing in background.

Next we brought 3 large trays outside for our Paint & Wash Bunny Art. We filled one with plain water. Then we put a squirt of dish soap and a bit of water in the blender and made bubble foam. You can add food color to this for added fun but for this project we were actually using it to clean the bunny so we kept it simple and just plain bubbles.

close up of hands painting bunny art yellow

After the bubbles were made we poured them from the blender into one of our 3 trays. Lastly, we got some red, yellow, and blue paint; each in their own bowl and brought that outside to our last of the 3 trays.

How Do You Do Paint & Wash Bunny Art?

orange bunny next to red bowl illustration from "white rabbits color book" with hands painting bunny drawing orange

As I read the book, she followed along painting the laminated bunny the same colors mentioned in the story. When the bunny cleaned herself off she dipped the painted bunny in the bubbles and rubbed the soapy bunny, before dipping her into the water tray to rinse off the soap suds.

hands holding bunny art up showing the paint has been washed off of it.

As the bunny in the book continued painting herself in various mixtures of color; so did my daughter paint her bunny. This was an awesome hands on way to bring this book to life. When the story was over my daughter continued experimenting with different colors and playing with the paint, bubbles and water creating all sorts of unique bunny art.

Wait?!? Am I Supposed To Be Making One Too?

close up of bunny art painted red.

I highly recommend getting hands on and doing art projects with your child. If you’d rather not, thats okay too, but please do not correct anything they do. If you want the art to look a certain way – make your own.

hands painting blue bunny art next to soap and water trays.

Especially if your child is little, its okay if it doesn’t turn out the way you imagined. Maybe its what they imagined. Also, its a process. They are learning. They will learn more through trial and error than if you correct them or do it for them. All they will learn if you “help” is that they didn’t do a good enough job on their own or they can’t do it; not exactly the message you want to give your kid. Am I right?!?

very messy purple hands and hidden bunny art

Believe me, I know it can be really challenging to let them make “mistakes”. Try doing the project along side them. It will allow you to focus on your own work, give them appropriate modeling of how to use the materials, and show them that you like art too! A lot of what I talk about in “What about the Sensory Mess?” applies to Art projects as well, you might wanna check it out! I love how each art has its own identity. I would suggest Paint & Wash Bunny Art if you’re looking for a fun interactive art activity to connect with your child.

Materials We Used

  1. “White Rabbit’s Color Book” book (from the library or buy one here)
  2. Trays
  3. Dish soap
  4. Water
  5. Red, Yellow & Blue Paint
  6. Bunny drawing (*Our Bunny is available as a printable here)
  7. Laminating sheets or Clear contact paper
  8. Laminator
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How to Make Paint & Wash Bunny Art?

  1. Draw or print Bunny picture.
  2. Laminate or cover Bunny picture with clear contact paper.
  3. Set out 3 trays.
  4. Set up 1 tray with plain water.
  5. Mix 1 tbsp of dish soap with 1/4 cup of water in a blender to create a soapy foam.
  6. Pour the foam from the blender into one of the 3 trays.
  7. Add red, yellow, and blue paints; each to their own bowl.
  8. In the last tray place the laminated Bunny picture along with the red, yellow, and blue bowls of paint.
  9. Read “White Rabbit’s Color Book” while your child brings the story to life painting & washing the Bunny again and again!
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