Freebie: A Miniature Peter Rabbit Garden for Kids Play

I have a long love affair with Beatrix Potter books. I was gifted a mini collection when I was born and, though the covers are falling off and the pages are lovingly worn, the set is still among my most treasured possessions and favorite picture book treasury.

Our miniature Peter Rabbit garden paper pieces are arranged in a small travel tin with brown playdough to look like Mr. McGreger's garden.

The illustrations are pure magic, and as I grew up, the idea that Beatrix daydreamed about these little pals through her adulthood only made the series more beloved. What a model of keeping imagination with you.

In honor of Ms. Potter, everyone’s favorite mischievous bunny & the arrival of spring, I thought I’d share my own version of Mr. McGregor’s Garden – in a portable, travel-sized tin! Bonus: you can combine this with our bunny & chick free printables for a whole afternoon of sunny bunny fun!

Bonus: you can combine this with our bunny & chick free printables for a whole afternoon of sunny bunny fun! Or make a different kind of mini garden with our recycled peace garden art and relaxation project for kids!

Our miniature Peter Rabbit garden paper pieces folded into a small travel tin with green felt grass sitting on a yellow background.

To make your own miniature Peter Rabbit garden you’ll need:

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BASIC SUPPLIES:

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

  • (1) Self-laminating sheet (I used a half-page of these Scotch brand sheets)
  • Green felt for grass
  • Crayons, markers or other coloring supplies
  • An Altoid tin for storage

The printable includes miniature paper vegetables, a picket fence, foliage, a potting bench & supplies, a wheelbarrow, the infamous scarecrow, and (of course!) Peter Rabbit himself. There are also 2 additional pages in black & white for ink-savers who would rather color their own!

How to Make a Miniature Peter Rabbit Garden – DIY Instructions:

  1. Download, print, and cut out our free printable paper Peter Rabbit Garden pieces

    Download and print out the desired pages of our Peter Rabbit Garden PDF (be sure to choose “borderless printing” in your printer settings). Cut out the pieces you’d like to use for your garden. Pieces that have a mirror image can be folded over to stand up!
    Keep a little spring in your pocket with our travel tin Peter Rabbit garden - free printable included! | via barley & birch

  2. Optional: Use a self-laminating sheet to laminate the pieces

    Because I wanted to “plant” my vegetables in the playdough garden, I used a self-laminating sheet to moisture-proof them, make them more durable & keep them from bending when being played with.

  3. Add playdough to a small tin to create a mini garden filled with “dirt”

    Make or add playdough to a small tin for your garden. I used this recipe and added equal parts red, blue, and green dye to create a brown color. If you’d rather not use play dough, you can cut a piece from a thick foam sheet, old styrofoam, felt, or something similar to create your garden “dirt”.
    Keep a little spring in your pocket with our travel tin Peter Rabbit garden - free printable included! | via barley & birch

  4. Arrange your own little garden!

    This part is the most fun because you get to set up your very own garden and have fun letting Peter play! You can add to your garden with drawings, cut more felt pieces to use as extra grass patches or dirt and create your own pop-up figures of Mr. McGregor and other characters.
    Keep a little spring in your pocket with our travel tin Peter Rabbit garden - free printable included! | via barley & birch

Other ways to use your miniature paper garden playset: 

  • USE FOR PETER RABBIT SENSORY BIN SPRING PLAY. So many people have sent lovely photos of our printed playset put to use in Peter Rabbit spring sensory bins. Fill a small container or clay pots with dried beans, colored rice, paper grass, playdough, or even dirt, then add our printed pieces and other small gardening accessories.
  • CREATE A POP-UP TRAVEL PETER RABBIT PLAYSET. This little paper garden folds up to fit in a travel tin, making it a fantastic play item to throw in a purse for restaurants or on-the-go entertainment.
  • PERFECT PETER RABBIT PARTY ACCESSORIES. For spring parties, these make a super-cute set of themed cake toppers or baby shower gift tags.
  • MAKE A PETER RABBIT SPRING STORYBOARD. You can also use them for a spring felt storyboard – just laminate and add some velcro pieces to the back of each cutout piece!
  • PLAN A REAL GARDEN. Use these little play pieces to plan your own Peter Rabbit-themed children’s vegetable garden. You can find some helpful tips and ideas for gardening with kids here.
Our Peter rabbit garden felt storyboard sitting on a white background surrounded by small cutout garden pieces.

I’ve found the fastest and easiest way to make a felt storyboard (large or small) is to use a picture frame. Simply take the glass out, and replace it with a piece of felt cut to size (along with a piece of scrap cardboard behind if necessary). Slide or clip in the frame back as usual, and just like that, you have a felt storyboard that can be used flat, standing up, or even hung on a wall! You can even take it all apart and use everything when you’re finished.

Keep a little spring in your pocket with our travel tin Peter Rabbit garden - free printable included! | via barley & birch

More Peter Rabbit Garden Crafts and Activities for Kids

Peter Rabbit has always been one of my very favorite storybook characters to use for spring play with kids. Here are a few darling ideas for more Peter activities your kids will love!

Our miniature Peter Rabbit garden paper pieces arranged for small world play on a green surface against a yellow background

It’s bunny season, so grab an activity idea from this collection of our very favorite bunny art and craft projects for kids! Our DIY folk art bunnies include a rabbit-themed process that little ones will jump for joy over! And for an uber-modern take on bunnies and chicks try your hand at a Calder-inspired cardboard spring sculpture!

If you’re drawn to the garden, gather up scrap paper to make your own cardboard fold-out secret garden. Or head outside to gather up some fresh blooms for a playdough fairy forest nature play invitation.


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Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Marg, I’m so sorry you had trouble with the download! I just sent an email with your copy of Peter’s Garden (if you don’t see it right away, be sure to check your spam!)

  2. Hi, I just crafted these, its easy and also fun to play!
    I’m wondering if i’m allowed to share it on Instagram?

    Many Thanks.

    • Hi Rhazen! You can share the link to this post anywhere you like, and if you post a picture of what you made with our printable and tag us, we’ll share it in our stories! For more specific information about how you can share our printables/photos you can read the Terms of Service file that came with the printable, visit our printable FAQs or email with any specific questions about usage and sharing. So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Amanda, You are so very sweet to include all these children in your daily hobby. I really appreciate you letting us use all your ideas. I can not get the Travel Tin Of Peter Rabbit to download. Am I missing something? I have checkedmy spam and no peter rabbit. Please help. This item is about the cutest I have seen on the internet. You do such a beautiful job. Thanks!

    • Thank you so much for the lovely compliments Debby! I’m sorry you’ve had trouble accessing the download – I’m going to double-check the file, but in the meantime, I’ve sent you and email with the printable! If you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder, as sometimes our mail gets sent their by mistake.

  4. I cannot see how to download the Peter Rabbit Garden. All the links go to another DIY project.
    Lila

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