If you want to skip straight to how to make an origami rabbit easy and fast, scroll to the bottom. I wanted to share some interesting facts about bunnies and rabbits to go with this kid craft. I learned 10 things about bunnies I didn’t know, real ones not origami bunnies. Well except for #6 and #7.
1.Baby Rabbits are called “kits”
Not “kids” but “kits.” Like they can be assembled with pictorial directions similar to my IKEA bookcase.
2.Dentists would make bank on rabbits
The origami rabbit doesn’t have any teeth, but real ones do have teeth. Those teeth never stop growing. Seriously! Turns out the natural wear and tear of the teeth hitting together keeps the teeth short, by eroding the tops down.
3.The Tortoise never raced a rabbit
Turns out hares and rabbits are a different species. Hares are larger in size and less social animals (explains the arrogant archetype in the folk tale). My untrained eye would more than likely call them the same, but science would not.
4.Food digests twice
A rabbit has trouble digesting it’s food fully on the first round. So you guessed it, the bunny eats it’s pooh to give it a second round. Pretty disgusting but it really is beneficial for them. The thing you have seen as scat in the woods is the second round that comes out hard and like “rabbit pellets” You probably shouldn’t be kissing your pet bunny, but now you really shouldn’t be.
5.Cruelty-Free = Bunny pic
Traditionally bunnies have been tested on extensively for beauty and make-up products. So the symbol for cruelty-free products is a bunny. If you want to revamp your products to be more ethical Cruelty Free Kitty has a comprehensive list of vegan make-up companies. Or maybe you will want to look at their lists of companies that still test on animals to see if you should give up your mascara to save some furry friends.
6.2018 is the year of the Rabbit…movie
We aren’t talking Chinese Zodiac (2018 is the year of the Dog for that). But we are talking the Peter Rabbit movie. Apparently Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tales of Peter Rabbit, refused to give rights to Walt Disney while she was alive. The 2018 film is the first time Peter Rabbit made it to the big screen.
7.Easter Bunny is first and….
Bugs Bunny is the the second most famous bunny in the world. In fact, there isn’t a famous non-ficitional rabbit. Wish origami rabbit had made the list! What would a cartoon origami bunny be named?…Folder? Kit?
8.Rabbits sweat out their feet
And only out the pads of their feet. They don’t pant, they don’t sweat at the ears, just from the feet. Guess it kinda explains the leg thumping activity –trying to air out the feet (haha!).
9.“Angora Wool” is code for rabbit fur
Angora bunnies were bred (and still are) for their long hair. It is sheared and added to a blend of sheep wool. The bunny fur is lmore hypoallergenic, but I imagine the bunny doesn’t like the shearing so much. I will stick with my cotton clothes for now.
10.You are 5 minutes from an Origami Rabbit, Easy
The video shows you how to make your own cute, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free origami rabbit. Grab a square piece of paper and make it now. You can learn origami in just about 5 minutes today. Then share what you learned about rabbits with a friend or just name your paper rabbit “kit” and explain why when people ask.