Thursday 3 May 2012

Peter Rabbit in the garden

This week, I've been reading Beatrix Potter's famous book, Peter Rabbit, to the children. There has been some considerable interest in acting this out, in the garden, between or even in the showers. It has been good to get outside even into a rather wet garden. Peter Rabbit now needs a wash!

We used soft toys from around the house and real gardening tools. I was amazed how many toy rabbits we seem to own. The gold fish were made from orange foam and put in the empty sand pit.

They lived with their Mother...underneath the root of a very big fir tree.

Then he ate some radishes; (real baby radishes)

And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.

He rushed all over the garden,

Mr McGregor came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter; (not sure that Peter escaped this time)

(Peter) jumped into a can

Mr McGregor was sure that Peter was somewhere...perhaps hidden underneath a flower-pot. He began to turn them over carefully.

A white cat was staring at some goldfish. (well ours wasn't very white-have to use some imagination! You can just see it at the edge.)

Suddenly, quite close to him, he heard the noise of a hoe (yes, it badly needs hoeing-bit embarrassed about this)

His mother put him to bed. (not exactly in the burrow!)

We had such fun with this-wondering whether we could play Jemima Puddleduck or Tom Kitten next.

This is linked to the Kids' Co-op linky partyIt's Playtime and LGIF Linky party.


  1. Ahhh I love this!! What a fun way to reenact the story and help the children consolidate it. Brilliant!

  2. Thank you, Anna. This was an activity we all enjoyed.

  3. That's such a lovely way to act out the story!

  4. How cute! I love acting out stories.

  5. Love how you used props to act it out! Looks like a fun time... we recently did a similar re-telling with Ferdinand, not sure why I didn't think to do it with Peter Rabbit.

  6. Soooooo much fun!! Bunny loves Peter Rabbit. I should do this with her. I just made her a Cottontail Cape this past week! (on Tuesday in case you find time to come take a peek!)

  7. This is adorable! My babies already enjoy time in the garden with me. I can't wait until they are old enough to do this...won't be long! Stopping in from Living Life Intentionally. Great job!

  8. Awww, Peter Rabbit is one of our favorites. Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for linking up to the Weekly Kids Co-Op!