Eric Carle Week: A House for Hermit Crab
An under the sea delight from Eric Carle! My kiddos always love when we talk about ocean animals in the spring and A House for Hermit Crab is always a crowd pleaser. The book is about a hermit crab who has outgrown his shell. Throughout the story he finds objects and other sea life to decorate his shell for beautification and protection. The kids love to look at the beautiful pictures and love to see what/who the crab will add to his shell next.
Ideas for Circle Time:
- To scaffold the concept of the hermit crab outgrowing his shell we talk about how we outgrow our clothes and have to get new ones as we get bigger. This always helps my students to understand why he has to leave his shell and find a new one.
- For an interactive read aloud have cut outs of the hermit crab, his shell, and each item added to his shell and allow students to decorate his shell as the story progresses.
- Bring in pictures of crabs and hermit crabs and make a comparison/contrast chart.
- If you really want to thrill your students bring in an actual hermit crab for them to make observations about!
For this activity you need a paper plate, red paint, wiggly eyes and anything you want to add glitz to the shell. First you make a hand print on a piece of paper let it dry then cut it out. While the hand print is drying have your students decorate the back of the paper plate with art supplies–I usually empty out my odds and ends of pom poms, tissue paper, stickers, glitter and jewels. After both pieces dry attach the hand to the paper plate and add wiggly eyes to two of the fingers. This activity is so much fun and the kids all come up with a unique home for their hermit crab!