Lesson Plan

Easter Bunny Hat

Kids 

90 min

What you need:

For a full list of required materials, refer to the 'Materials Needed' heading down below.

Lesson Overview

Wiggle your tail and hop into the Easter celebrations this year! Create a classroom filled with big bunny ears and celebrate with a wonderful Easter hat parade. In this activity, students explore the process of crafting an Easter hat by colouring decorative cut-outs and creating 3D designs using glue sticks. Each hat is individually decorated to capture the Easter season and a student’s personality.

Teaching Focus Year Level

Years 3-4 (Middle Year Primary).
This activity can be easily adapted to suit a F-2 class or to go further with Years 5 & 6.

Australian Curriculum Connections

Visual Art: Years 3 & 4
Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111).

Cultural Considerations

Easter may not be celebrated by all students. It does provide an opportunity to learn about different cultural celebrations and promote understanding of others during this time.  

Learning Continuum of Intercultural Understanding

  • Investigate culture and cultural identity: Identify and describe variability within and across cultural groups.
  • Explore and compare cultural knowledge beliefs and practices: Describe and compare a range of cultural stories and events.
  • Develop respect for cultural diversity: Identify and discuss the significance of a range of cultural events, artefacts or stories recognised in the school, community or nation.

Resources & Downloads

Prepare these helpful resources before the lesson begins.

Pre-preparation: If time permits, cut out some bands, ears, ear inserts and a selection of flowers, a caterpillar and a butterfly.  Using these as examples, demonstrate how to attach the ears and decorations to the hat band with a glue stick.

Page 1: Easter Bunny Hat Band
 
A black and white template of long strips to be cut out and used to create a headband.

 
1 copy per student.
Print on white A4 cardstock (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

 

Page 2: Easter Bunny Hat Ears
 
A black and white template of bunny ears to be cut out and glued to an cardboard headband,

 
1 copy per student.
Print on white or coloured A4 cardstock (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

 

Page 3: Easter Bunny Hat Ear Inserts
 
A black and white template of bunny ear inserts to be cut out and glued to larger bunny ears,

 
1 copy per student.
4 design variations available.
Print on white A4 cardstock or thick paper (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

Page 4: Easter Bunny Hat Decorations
 
A black and white template of a variety of Easter-themed decorations (eggs, leaves, flowers, insects, etc.) to be cut out and used to decorate a headband.

 
1 copy per student.
Various designs available.
Print on white A4 cardstock or thick paper (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

Materials Needed

Gather these items before your session begins for an easy, stress-free lesson. 

  • Faber-Castell colour pencils
  • Faber-Castell crayons
  • Faber-Castell Connector Pens or other Faber-Castell markers
  • UHU Glue Stics, 1 per student
  • Scissors, 1 pair per student
  • Paperclips, 1 per student
  • Additional creative materials (coloured paper, crepe paper, tissue paper, cotton wool or cellophane)
  • Lightweight natural materials (dried autumn leaves, coloured feathers, etc.)
  • Page 1: Easter Bunny Hat Band, A4 cardstock, 1 sheet per student
  • Page 2: Easter Bunny Hat Ears, A4 cardstock, 1 sheet per student
  • Page 3-4: Easter Bunny Hat Ear Inserts, A4 cardstock or thick paper, 2 sheets per student
  • Page 5-6: Easter Bunny Hat Ear Decorations, A4 cardstock or thick paper, 2 sheets per student
An Easter bunny in a field of grass next to a basket on its side with 4 coloured Easter eggs sitting inside it

Lesson Process

Step 1: Learn About Easter

Discover how Easter is celebrated in your students' homes. Ask inquiring questions to find out what other types of traditions are followed—do you eat chocolate eggs, create hand dyed eggs, hunt for Easter eggs, or eat warm Easter buns in the mornings?

Invite your students to share their experiences at Easter. Encourage your class to be inclusive and kind to each other, and to share their different cultural ideas.

Hands on a pink background showing two decorated Easter Bunny Hat bands made of cardboard

Step 2: Easter Hat Demo

Pre-prepare by colouring and cutting out your own Easter Hat band, bunny ears, ear inserts and a selection of flowers, a caterpillar and a butterfly. Use a variety of Faber-Castell colour pencils, crayons and Connector Pens to create interesting Easter-themed patterns and shapes as your colour. Demonstrate by gluing the ear inserts to the ears, attaching them to the band and adding decorations.
Hands on a pink background colouring a black and white template of decorated Easter Eggs

Step 3: Colouring In

Provide each student with their own copies of the printed templates. Encourage your students to slow down, be mindful and focus when colouring. Capture their imaginations by inviting them to create patterns using spots, stripes or colour shading with a variety of Faber-Castell colour pencils, crayons and Connector Pens. Foster a relaxed & calm artistic experience to let their creativity shine.

Hands on a pink background cutting out a pair of coloured-in cartoon bunny ears

Step 4: Cutting Out

Using scissors, instruct your students to carefully cut around the outside of the bands, ears, ear inserts and decorations.
Hands on a pink background gluing together a green cardboard band with two cartoon bunny ears attached to the top

Step 5: Creating the Hat Base

Guide the students to take three band strips, overlap each strip by roughly 3 centimetres and glue them together to create one long band. Then, have them glue the ear inserts to the ears. Once these are dry, have them attach the ears to the inside of the band, positioning them in the middle of the strip. Leave until completely dry.
Hands on a pink background decorating a green Easter Bunny hat band with coloured in cartoon decorated eggs

Step 6: Decorating the Hat

It’s time to let personalities shine! Encourage the students to decorate their hat with decorations of their choice. Demonstrate ideas on how to layer the decorations to create a beautiful Easter-themed collage. Leave until completely dry.
Hands on a pink background gluing together the bands of an Easter Bunny hat to create a circle

Step 7: Fitting the Hat 

Once the hats are dry, organise the students into pairs so they can fit the hat of their partner for them. Instruct them to hold their partner's hat to their partner's forehead, and then bring the bands together at the back and secure with a paperclip. Once it’s fitting comfortably, have them remove the hat and glue the overlapped sections together.

Swap roles, leave to dry, and once done, get ready for a splendid Easter hat parade!

Terrific Tip

When gluing, make sure there is adequate time for the glue to dry. It helps to run the activity over a few sessions before the Easter hat parade. Be sure to celebrate the activities with parents and enjoy the colourful creations being made.