Monday, February 20, 2012

Play: Knuffle Bunny Scenes

Like many of you, we LOVE books. One author we love in particular is Mo Willems. He has written several sets of books, one of them including our ever-so-treasured plush friend- Knuffle Bunny. In the book that started everything out- Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale- we follow the story of a girl who throws a fit because she's lost Knuffle Bunny, but can't tell her dad because she doesn't know how to talk. The book's illustrations are pretty interesting- they are black and white real-life photos with the characters added in color on top. Here's an example:

 After reading it this afternoon to the kids, I thought that it'd be fun to use this idea to create our own pictures. So, we went off on a little neighborhood adventure, taking pictures of our favorite places- the playground, our yard, the train station, and other nooks and crannies that we thought would be fun adventure spots for our characters.

When we got home I uploaded them to iphoto, turned them to black and white, increased the contrast and brightness, and walah! Photos that are light enough for us to color pictures on top of, Mo Willems style. Then we just printed them off (full-sheet size). While we considered laminating them so the kids can re-use them, we thought that it may be more fun to use colored pencils and crayons on these sheets.
Click here for a sample of them!
Now we'll use them to draw pictures, making up our own stories as we illustrate! Feel free to click on the link under the picture to download ours if you're unable to get out and take some of your own. But if you do take some, share a link with us in the comments to yours!

Linking up with Read Explore Learn today!

Shibley Smiles


  1. I think Mo Willems' books are so clever. This is such a great idea!

  2. His books are so fun to read- the kids like them, the adults like them- it's a win, win! I saw on his website that he has some videos out of his books- have you ever watched any of them?

  3. Oh, how fun! I adore Knuffle Bunny and so do my kids. My kids aren't quite ready for this activity (they are 2.5), but I definitely think it's one to keep in the files!

  4. This is such a great way to explore your world and apply it to a book. Love it.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.


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