Free Activities for the Book, Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Teachers! Grab your free Rhyming Dust Bunnies activity set that includes a video read-aloud and free printables to use right alongside the book. 

These ideas and activities can be used for in-person or distance learning with preschoolers, kindergarteners, or even first graders. They are also perfect for celebrating Read Across America Day!

And if you’d like to find additional lesson plans for K-1 like this one, be sure to check out and download my free reading activities for picture books.

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Watch the read-aloud video for the book, Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

I was introduced to Rhyming Dust Bunnies when I taught first grade ages ago. A parent was a book buyer for a local library and she read it aloud to my class. The story was so simple, but the kids were captivated. Why? Because it’s funny! Cute little kid humor. There’s a sequel to the original, too!

Read-Aloud Video

In the event you cannot get a hold of this story, I recorded a video read-aloud! It’s a quick read – less than three minutes – so it will even hold the attention of little ones!

Free Rhyming Dust Bunnies Activities: Retelling

Today’s homeschool activities for my 4- and 6-year-old were based around this story. First, we read the book. Then, we created some retelling pieces.

Materials You’ll Need for this Activity

Here are some of the basic supplies I used for this retelling activity.

A simple retelling activity for preschool using free printables for the book Rhyming Dust Bunnies.

Directions for Assembly

Print out the retelling pieces on plain white paper (or cardstock), and cut out each individual piece.

Next, have each kiddo color a dust bunny. I helped with the vacuum and broom, but you can have your kids color those, too, if they want to. 

A retelling activity with printable story pieces.

Afterwards, I reread the story and we acted it out using the pieces. They loved this! The story is so simple that it’s a great story to retell for preschoolers.

There aren’t that many pieces, so you can certainly laminate the finished retelling pieces and store them in an envelope or plastic bag taped to the cover of the book for future use.

A rhyming words activity with printable rhyming cards.

Rhyming Words Activity

Next, we used some of the rhyming words from the story and sorted words into rhyming families.

Supplies You’ll Need

For this activity, you’ll need the following supplies:

How to use rhyming cards.

How to Use the Rhyming Cards

We made three columns based on the main rhyming word from the story: 

  • car, 
  • bug, 
  • and dog. 

This was not easy for them! Moving forward, we will for sure be working with rhymes! Playing with rhyming words is such a great way to encourage phonemic awareness (the ability to hear and manipulate sounds).

A sight word book that features the word "look."

Look Sight Word Mini Book

To be honest, I was running on fumes during school work today, so we didn’t get to this activity. (My 7-month-old was up for TWO HOURS overnight! #teething) 

Supplies You’ll Need

For this activity, you’ll need the following supplies:

This mini-book includes the sight word LOOK, since it’s so prevalent in the story, Rhyming Dust Bunnies. Additionally, I used Y words since we’re working on the letter Y this week.

When using mini word books, ask your students to highlight the focus word.

When we do these mini-books (I have a whole set available), I always make them highlight the focus word first. You can do this by highlighting it or underlining it. These books are great because they’re small, personal, and the text is predictable. Perfect for emerging readers.

Directions for creating a Rhyming Dust Bunnies craft: LOOKing Glasses!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies Craft

In addition to this, we made LOOKing Glasses! This was a fun way to focus on the sight word LOOK, and incorporate some movement into our morning. We walked around the house, exclaiming, “Look! A __________!”

Supplies You’ll Need

For this activity, you’ll need the following supplies:

LOOKing glasses craft for PreK and early elementary.

Directions for Assembly

Print the template on colored cardstock. The cardstock is pretty strong, but if you want the glasses to last a long time, consider laminating them before you move on to the next step. 

After I cut out the template, I taped two straws together and then taped them to the back of the glasses. Very easy to make!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies Craft

We wrapped up our day with a Rhyming Dust Bunnies craft. Admittedly, there were a LOT of pieces to this craft, but the result is pretty cute. I printed out the templates on colored Astrobrights paper, so that we didn’t have to do any tracing or coloring.

Just cutting and pasting today. However, I like to do a more involved craft every now and then because it requires sustained attention, multi-step directions, and lots of fine motor work! The result is a pretty cute dust bunny!

Free letter Y tracing worksheet that you can download!

Letter Work

We did do some tracing work for the Letter Y using this free handwriting resource. You can download the whole set for the entire alphabet.

Other Video Lessons

I’ve done several read alouds and think you and your students or children would enjoy them, too! Every one includes multiple free printables to use alongside the book.

Potato Pants ELA Lesson

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors ELA Lessom

The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick ELA Lesson

Don’t Blink! Storytime Read-Aloud

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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