Happy March! This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is Beatrix Potter’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
We had so much fun reading this book! Little Brother was especially intrigued with Peter Rabbit…maybe because he would have done the same thing getting into Mr. McGregor’s garden! Ha!
We wanted to explore some of the vegetables in Mr. McGregor’s garden. We talked about how some vegetables we eat grow above-ground while others grow underground. The root vegetables that we included in our Peter Rabbit Paper Plate Pop-Up Garden were carrots, radishes, and potatoes. The above-ground vegetables we included were cabbage and tomatoes (although tomatoes aren’t actually mentioned in the book). You can include any vegetables you choose!
We decided to use watercolors to create our garden, which is what Beatrix Potter used to illustrate this book!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 paper plates
Watercolors (we love these)
1. Turn the paper plate upside down and use a pencil to free-hand draw Peter Rabbit and several vegetables.
2. Use the Xacto knife to trace around the edges of your pictures, making sure to leave a wide area at the bottom uncut to act as the pop-up tab.
3. Let your little one use watercolors to paint the garden!
4. On your second paper plate, trace the cut-out parts of the first plate and then draw the corresponding vegetable. We left the cabbage and tomato plants with only soil since the vegetables we eat from those plants are above-ground. The carrots, radishes, and potatoes are all painted, as you can see above.
5. Let your child peek under each vegetable to see if the edible part grows above-ground or underground!
Check out more great activities to do after reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter:
Carrot Number Matching Activity :: 3 Dinosaurs
Peter Rabbit Sensory Bin :: Still Playing School
Peter Rabbit Plant Science Experiment :: Inspiration Laboratories
Feed the Rabbit Activity :: Mom Inspired Life
Bunny Treat Bags :: Mama Miss
Name Tracing Bunny Fun :: The Educator’s Spin on It
Rabbit Food Lettuce Wraps :: Rainy Day Mum
Bunny Color Hop :: Toddler Approved
Carrot Painting Pre-Writing Practice :: Preschool Powol Packets
Bunny Cracker Snack :: The Pleasantest Thing