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Bunnies in the Garden Printable Games

I've never been very excited about botany or plant life cycles.  I prefer biology instead, and this blog reflects that in a big way (even though my kids are always telling me what animals I'm still missing).  With everyone in isolation for the virus, my FB and Instagram feed are filled with people setting up gardens with their kids.  Although I still have no desire to plant my own garden, I've caught the bug in form of lots of gardening-themed printables to be released this month.

Last year, I went nuts with the battleship style math games with several different themes. I have ones for rubber duckies, penguins, oreos, star wars, dinosaurs, and multiplication.  Since I'm crazy about this fun garden clip art pack from Etsy now, I decided that I need to make a garden one too.  And who are the enemies of the garden?  Adorable bunnies, of course!


To set up the battleship game, print off all the pieces in the PDF.  For durability, I recommend laminating the game boards, which will allow players to mark out their hits and misses with a dry erase marker.  Using either packing tape or double-sided tape, attach the boards to the inside of a manila folder with the darker board on the bottom and the lighter board on top.  On the outside of each folder, tape the large label.  The game boards can then be stored flat when not in use.  If you don't have manila folders around your house, you can just tape the top and bottom boards together to make a hinge.

For the bunny game pieces, cover the front side with packing tape and cut out 10 circles.  Then, use a glue stick to attach the pieces to both sides of the wood disks.  If you don't have the wood in the house, you can cut circles out of cardboard.  The game pieces can be stored in an Altoid tin when not being used.  The PDF also includes a label for the tin.

To play the game, place the two manila folders back to back with the lighter colored boards in the air and the garden on the table.  Then, use wood clothespins to clip the two player boards together on the bottom, which should help them stand up on their own.

At the beginning of the game, each player should put their 5 bunnies in their garden in random places.  Players then take turns calling out coordinates from the board (for example, E5) and trying to catch each other's bunnies.  Each person can keep track of their successes and misses on the upper light colored board by writing on it with a white board marker.  The first person to clear the other person's garden of bunnies is the winner!


I was working on garden math activities and wanted to add in this bunny math game.  I debated back and forth about putting it with the math stuff of putting it with this game and finally decided to put it here.  It's sort of like a "battleship" game for each single person.  It also helps kids work on their number identification to 20.  It could also be used in a classroom, where each kids randomly placed their own bunnies and the teacher would draw out one number at a time to clear out the bunnies.

The game board is set up similarly to the battleship game.  Print the board and laminate it for durability.  You can either tape the board onto a manila folder (maybe on the outside of the grid game) or keep it loose in your homeschool stuff.  Then, use the same method as we did for the bunny disks to make the number tiles.  I chose to use square tiles so it's easier to physically see and feel the differences between the game pieces.

Using the same bunny disks from the grid game, have the child place 5 of the bunnies on their board randomly.  Then, tell them to draw out one number tile at a time and identify the number.  Then, they can match the tile to the numbers on their board.  They keep drawing and matching until they've caught all of their bunnies and put them out of the garden.

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If you're teaching over Zoom or some other virtual classroom, the number identification game would be easy to play over the internet.  Just have each family go to this link and print their own copy of the game (please don't just share the PDF) and some bunnies to cut out and play.  Each kid could put their bunnies on their board and then the teacher could call out the numbers 1-20.  The first kid to get all the bunnies out of their garden is the winner!

Similarly, the grid game could be played over the internet with two players, each with their own board set up and bunnies.  Then, each player could take turns calling out coordinates to catch the bunnies in the other person's garden.  The first person to clean out the garden of cute pests is the winner.

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