Uncle Wiggily is a classic American character in children’s literature. Written by Howard Garis, volumes of short stories featuring the “bunny rabbit gentlemen” have delighted kids for generations. Some collections are available in the public domain. One of the books still in print is Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book. This is the book we know and love in our home and it is also on popular reading lists such as Sonlight’s.
Uncle Wiggily is an old, friendly rabbit that delights in serving others and solving problems. Each story presents a challenging situation or character, and Uncle Wiggily seeks out a way to discreetly help in whatever way he can. My kids always love the different forest animals and their lively adventures together. The stories are short, engaging, and provide a treasure trove of character and life lessons!
Read through at least a few of the short stories. Talk about how the book is a collection of short stories, and identify the setting, main characters, the problem presented, and the solution. Also talk about the main lesson or moral of the short story and how it relates to your child’s life. You can use the character printables below for this as well as the general literature unit study printables here at Meet Penny.
- Set up a pinecone math station like this one at Nurture Store
- Combine art and math by exploring symmetry in the forest like Buggy and Buddy
- Determine the ages of trees by measuring their trunk circumference
- Rain or Shine Mama has some great “forest school” activities, like counting with nature and comparing and categorizing
- Gather sticks and experiment with forming right angles or other angular shapes like described at Creative Star Learning
- Go on a nature walk and gather pinecones, leaves, acorns, and more. Make a big forest collage on poster board
- Use toilet paper rolls and make a forest model/play set like this one at Craft of Art
- Make DIY forest animal masks and leaf crowns like these at Handmade Charlotte
- Or try these cute felt animal masks from Stay at Home Educator
- Color this forest animal sheet from Exploring Nature
- Draw a rabbit with this tutorial at Art for Kids Club
- Study up on a few animals and their characteristics, and put on a play
- Practice some tree identification with these ideas and printables from Mommy Loves Trees
- Or print out this free woodland scavenger hunt from B. Nute
- Go on a nature walk with a handy printable list from Raising Boys Homeschool
- Download this fun Animal Tracks Match-Up worksheet at Deceptively Educational
- Try these five unique fun forest science activities from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Set up a forest diorama with these interactions from Enchanted Learning
Character (Free Printable Pack!)
- Uncle Wiggily Helps – character study on helping and generosity
- Notebooking pages and scripture copywork for 4 stories from Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book
- Story analysis page and blank copywork sheet for use with other stories
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