Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail : Off to the races

While we all know of a certain fabled rabbit who famously lost his race against his rival the tortoise, we thought this holiday we'd give bunnies their due and host a race all their own. 
With a fleet of wind-ups at the ready (on sale for 88 cents), you can cheer on your favorite furry friend as they cross the finish line. If tiny tikes will be part of your spring festivities this easy DIY activity makes a fun addition to the ubiquitous egg hunts and sugar binges. For adults, add springtime cocktails and friendly wagers.

I used
Wind-up Bunnies 
(my dollar store and supermarket had lots of these)
Printable with names and finish line banner copied to desired size
skinny ribbon
tiny party favor trophies 
Egg topped floral picks or wooden skewers 
Flower foam ring (cut in two- a serrated bread knife works well)
a stretch of faux grass (by the foot at home improvement stores)
or green paper or felt taped together
Faux flowers, eggs or other spring accents
 Bunnies are easily identified when sporting their names
Simply cut out name icons and tape to strip of ribbon. Wrap around bunnies'  tummies and tape to fit securely on other side. 
The paper names can be trimmed to size to make sure they don't interfere with the winding mechanism or bunnies' movement.
Attach paper Finish Line banner to ribbon and tie or tape to wooden skewers or floral picks.Decorate foam with flowers.
Roll out faux grass or roll of green paper and set up finish line
Set Bunnies at the starting gate 
And Hoppy wins by a tail
 The closing ceremonies
 Mini jelly bean filled trophies for the champs

Please note, with aims of their own these little ones can hop off track, make a simple rule that when they run out steam they can be rewound and gently redirected.

Wind up bunnies: center: tin bunny from left and right Bunny with rider and carriage, both German c1910, ebay 
Before iPads and x boxes these were the tech toys of the day

Not just for Easter: for other times of the year or for those who don't celebrate the holiday, simply change the decor and wind up characters to suit your theme. This would be fun for a child's barnyard themed birthday as well.

A Happy Easter
Delightful Spring!


  1. I am extremely impressed along with your writing abilities, Thanks for this great share.

  2. How very cute!
    I reviewed CS Lewis A-Z last year. I think that's where I found the quote you read on my blog, Christina.

    Do you know that when I received notification through my email about your comment, that it said "no reply blogger"? If you want to receive direct replies, you might consider changing that.
    Here's a post I wrote about doing that:

    Have a lovely Holy Week,

    1. Thanks so much Laura! I'm not very techy so had no idea I was a no reply blogger! thought I had changed it and will check your link after work- Thanks so much that was so kind and helpful of you :)
      Wishing you a Happy Easter


  3. This is the most adorable thing I have seen all day! It is just too cute!

    1. Thanks so much- we'll have some little ones visiting this easter so I wanted something fun for them to do :)

  4. This springtime vignette is simply adorable and very smart! Love the tiny flags and mini jelly bean Easter eggs!

    Happy April and wishing you a Blessed Easter!


    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! It was a fun activity!

  5. Such a cute idea! When I see a new post I can't wait to see what you have dreamed up. Happy Easter.

    1. Thanks Susan! We had some young visitors this year so had to come up with entertainment!

  6. Hi! I just stopped by from the Create It Thursday Link Party. This project is so sweet! My daughters would have loved it when they were young.

    1. Thanks Kathleen!
      We just played it with young nieces and nephew and they had fun - even if the bunnies went off track a bit lol
      Thanks for visiting!

  7. I so enjoyed things like this when I was little! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. Thanks Sherry!
      Sorry I had missed your sweet comment!

  8. That really is cute! This would be fun with cocktails lol

    1. Thanks Rue- this was lots of fun- and yes the adults enjoyed "peeptini" cocktails - with peep garnishes lol

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