Happy Bunny Day!
I have always had a bunny party, including a bunny brunch each of my ten years at Metz! It is such a fun little day and just one more way that teaching first graders keeps me young and full of magic!
On the day of our Bunny Party, each student brings a bunny from home for some fun math activities. I always keep a few extra bunnies on hand year to year for students who forget to bring one. After everyone introduces their bunny, we predict and then test, which bunny is the smallest, largest and which ears are the shortest and longest. We sort by color and other things, like which bunnies are holding some and which are not. We also make up and solve bunny problems like: I have 3 bunnies, how many ears are there all together? or I see 12 ears above the fence, how many bunnies are sitting behind it?
I love to take the kids out to play games. Playing the boys against the girls, we pass the egg around a circle on a large spoon to see who can do it the fastest. We have an egg relay with the same egg on the spoon. And yes I use real hard boiled eggs! But a favorite is the Duck Duck Goose game, and I always play, too!
If you have never taken a moment to see how quick 1st graders can run at recess time- well playign this game will show you how swift they can be. It is great fun and everybody cheers both students on and we make sure everyone has a turn!
The calm before the storm. We are about to start the last part of the outside games and everyone is all peace and love until I say GO! and everyone scatters to crack cascarones over each other's heads!
What are cascarones you ask? I didn't know either when I first came to Austin 12 years ago from New Orleans. I will let Wikipedia tell you "Cascarones or confetti eggs are festive, hollow chicken egg shells, filled with confetti, meant to be thrown or broken over someone's head (usually as a surprise from behind), scattering confetti all over the person. This tradition is most often carried out among friends and family. Cascarones derived from Mexico and have recently regained popularity in the southwestern United States. They are used for many different occasions but, especially Easter. Having one broken over your head is said to bring good luck." I will take all the good luck I can get, besides it is a huge amount of fun!
The actual cracking only lasts a few minutes, but everyone ends up is covered with confetti!
Everyone is out of eggs and we get ready to head back inside for our bunny brunch!
Moody, Rudy and me taking a moment for a picture while the kids were lining up! I stole those little bunny ears from Jen for the weekend and wore them out boot scootin' so I would bring a festive flair to the dance floor!
The same day the kids were having a blast with Bunny Day, our staff took time in the afternoon to recognize our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Rebecca Nusinow and all of her accomplishments at a little party of our own. Good luck to Rebecca in the final selection for our district's awards, she is an amazing representative of our campus and has done so much to enhance the learning opportunities of every student on our campus through her creative art projects!
And a final "Bawk, bawk, thank you Easter Bunny" to all of you no matter how you choose to relax and celebrate this holiday weekend. I found out one more thing those little bunny ears were good for, although our recently adopted rescued Dachshunds Ruby and Redd weren't so sure! I promise I only compromised poor Ruby's dignity for a few short seconds!