Why is there a bunny at Easter? Jellybean Mosaic Easter Bunny Craft for Kids Free Printable

Jelly Bean Mosaic Easter Bunny Craft for Kids

“Why is there a bunny at Easter?” Question got you hopping?  Wish some bunny would explain?  Want to pull your answer out of a hat?  Well, the buck stops hare!  While your kids create this adorable jelly bean mosaic Easter bunny and roll their eyes at your bunny puns — you have a delightful opportunity to teach them about this ancient symbol of new life.Why is there a bunny at Easter? Jellybean Mosaic Easter Bunny Craft for Kids Free Printable

Rabbits and Easter

Rabbits and Spring Fertility

Everyone knows that rabbits have large families.  Little rabbits grow up really fast and have baby rabbits of their own.  Baby rabbits multiply and the family grows and grows and grows.   For this reason, the ancient Europeans chose the rabbit as an earthly symbol for their goddess of springtime, named Eostre.  Since Spring is a time of rebirth, each year on the day of the spring equinox, the Saxon’s held a festival for Eostre.  They celebrated the sun staying longer in the sky, new life in nature, and the birth of baby animals.  Sun, eggs, and rabbits were symbols of rebirth.

Christianity Introduced

With the introduction of Christianity, the ancient Europeans wanted to celebrate Christ’s new beginning.  They also wanted to continue their springtime festivals.  So, the celebration of Eostre became the celebration of Easter.  Likewise, the ancient symbols of life – sun, eggs and rabbits – became part of the celebration of Christ’s rebirth.

Jelly Bean Mosaic Easter Bunny

Bean mosaics are an ideal art project to help your child recognize colors, shapes, and patterns.  Of course, a springtime Easter celebration calls for for jelly beans!  Download the free  bunny mosaic template and your child will delightfully transform a simple design with few details into an elaborately textured work of art.

Supplies

  • Bunny Pattern (Free Printable)  Download PDF Here
  • White, Pink, and Black Jellybeans (and extra to eat)
  • School Glue

Instructions

  • Print the template on cardstock.
  • First, glue black jelly beans to the bunny’s black parts.
  • Then, glue pink jelly beans to the bunny’s pink parts.
  • Finally, glue white jelly beans to the bunny’s white parts.
  • Allow to dry completely.

Jellybean Mosaic Easter Bunny Free Printable for Kids

Why is there a bunny at Easter? Jellybean Mosaic Easter Bunny Craft for Kids Free Printable

Why is there a bunny at Easter? Jellybean Mosaic Easter Bunny Craft for Kids Free Printable

 

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