Salt Dough Bunnies – Holidays with Heart

Note: I know that these Holidays with Heart posts are a little late. My dear Mom passed away just a few days into the holidays. She loved all things arts and crafts and I felt it more fitting to birth these posts late rather than not at all. Love to you all <3

After the previous day’s activities, the kids woke me up early to see if it was time to start today’s fun! No dearies. 5 am is not an acceptable time to human, let alone coordinate my body into something resembling your mother!

*Skip ahead three cups of tea later*


Today is all about bunnies, it is Easter after all! After a cuddle and chat where we talked about bunnies and how they feel, move and behave (skipping over the rampant reproducing part), we settled down for lunch and watched this short video on rabbits by Science For Kids Club:

Don’t let the cuteness fool you… they poop everywhere!

Seeing as the many choruses of “Awwwww!” had slowed down lunch, we also watched this interesting video showing the inside of a rabbit burrow. It’s narrated by my all time favourite wildlife personality Chris Packham on behalf of the BBC:

With lunch over, we broke open the scrapbooks and learnt about the parts of a rabbit. I used this bunny worksheet from Click on the images below to be taken to the correct page (free registration required).

Child sat on floor sticking a label on a bunny worksheet
Scrapbook on the floor with a name the parts of a bunny worksheet on top.  Next to the scrapbook is a box full of art materials.

Let’s Get Messy!

Child mixing dough for salt dough bunniesNext was the bit the boys were waiting for, the Salt Dough Bunnies! I made sure I was very clear from the start that this dough was NOT for eating. I don’t think that worked as well as I’d hoped. As soon as my back was turned, I heard at least one outburst of “Yeeeeaaaachh!”. That’ll teach you to listen to mom!

We used this salt dough recipe from I made double the amount as we had two kids but soon realised that one would have been plenty enough.

You will need:

  • A bowl and spoon for each child
  • Plain flour
  • Salt (plenty)
  • A small amount of water
  • A cocktail stick
  • A pair of kid friendly scissors
  • A baking sheet
  • Grease proof paper (or you can grease the sheet)

Once we had the salt dough all mixed up, we rolled a small handful into a ball and then shaped it into an oval.

Child sat at a messy table with dough balls, snipping into the dough to make salt dough bunnies

Next, we used the scissors to snip the ears. Laying the scissors down the back of the bunny seemed to yield the best results. Once snipped, we lifted and shaped the ears.

The cocktail stick was used to make the eyes and also to give some texture to the backs of the bunny.

Finally, using a tiny bit of dough and a touch of water, we fashioned tails for the bunnies and stuck them on.

A baking sheet lined with grease proof paper upon which are raw salt dough bunnies.

Once all the bunnies were complete, into the oven they went. I baked them at 170*c and I’m not sure how long they were in there because I got distracted until my kids asked if they were done. *laugh* I would go with 20 mins to start with and keep checking after that.

Salt Dough Bunnies, Done!

All in all, apart from being a little dark around the edges, I don’t think they turned out too bad, do you?

Two completed salt dough bunnies nestled in a nest of shredded white paper
Aww! Cute AND they don’t poop everywhere 😉

Did you find any fun bunny related crafts? Link them below…!

Later, Victoria

Part of:

The Imperfect Me

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