The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1914, tells the stories about Peter Rabbit and his desire to change his name, as well as his many run-ins with Reddy Fox. His endless curiosity has him tracking down friends in an attempt to understand where they are going for the winter. Even though he is quite a trickster, we can’t help ourselves from loving him!

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Peter Cottontail ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

Visit our character traits page to learn more.


Rabbit facts for kids
Rabbit paper dolls
Popsicle stick bunny craft
Bunny mask
25 rabbit crafts
Diversity lesson and art ideas
Find out the meaning of a name
Rabbit hole game
Teaching with carrots
The Carrot Seed 60th Anniversary Edition book and lesson plan activities
Fingerprint carrot and bunny craft
► About the clover plant
Shamrock (clover) crafts
Peter Rabbit sensory bin (this is for Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, but it still works here!  Just substitute a fox for the farmer.)
Hidden animal photos
Preparedness drills for kids
Games to teach survival skills for kids
Animals in winter printable
Hibernation cupcakes
Hibernation craft

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