A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle tells the story of a hermit crab in search of the perfect home. At first, he abandons his shell in hopes of finding something more decorative. As he explores the ocean floor, he meets a variety of friends who offer to help him. This story spans throughout the course of a year, and ends with the crab finding the perfect home, only to outgrow it and start anew. It is a charming tale, and one that is filled with many learning possibilities. Take a look below at 7 A House For Hermit Crab enrichment activities you can try with the story A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.
A House for Hermit Crab Enrichment Activities
1. Calendar Exploration
Throughout the story, the crab is shown on his adventures from month to month. Each month is mentioned as he meets a new friend and adds some décor to his shell. Take this opportunity to look at a calendar with your child. Identify the months, write them down, and read the book again pointing to the months as they are mentioned.
2. Make Connections
In the story, the crab outgrows his shell. Ask your child to think of things they have outgrown. On a piece of paper you can make a list of these items. Some examples might be shoes, jeans, hats, or even their baby bed. Talk about why we outgrow things. Ask your child if there was one item they could fit into forever, what would it be?
3. Undersea Adventures
Take a moment to define some of the creatures discussed in the book. This would include coral, starfish, snails, sea urchins, sand dollars, clown fish, and lantern fish. If you are unsure what some of these creatures are, search the internet for some great pictures. Write the definitions of the words down so you can create a flip book of your new vocabulary. A flip book can be quite simple, just jot the definitions down on an index card and attach them together with staples or a binding ring. You can even invite the children to create an illustration for each word.
4. Crabby Role Play.
Allow children to each take the role of one of the creatures in the book. As you flip a calendar and call out the month, the “crab” of the group can take turns role playing with the designated creature. Before you begin, you can discuss how creativity is welcomed, and their role can be as similar or as different from that of the book character as they wish. Simple costumes can be made by drawing the creatures on a small paper lunch bag and having them hold the “puppet” of the character they are playing.
5. Artful Fun.
Eric Carle water paints on paper, then cuts out shapes to create his illustrations. Allow children to give this same process a try and create their own artwork. Simply paint on a piece of paper, allow some time to dry, then using scissors cut out your shapes. Glue the shapes to paper to create the image as the author does. You can try to recreate his illustrations or have children come up with their own. Compile all of the illustrations into a class book, or display for all to enjoy.
6. Partner read.
Allow your child to partner up with you or a friend to choral read the text together. When they do this they will read together as a team in unison. This helps with pacing and utilizes their listening skills. When done, they can then ask each other three questions about the text: What was your favorite page? What would you change about the book? How do you relate to the character?
7. Story swap.
Children find all sorts of ways to relate books to their own lives. Allow for some share time for them to talk about how they identified with this text. If you have a sea shell, allow them to hold it. The person holding the shell is the person who gets to talk and share while everyone else listens. When done, the child passes the shell on to another child who then gets to share.
As you can see, there are all sorts of ways to make this story a fun learning experience for all. Give these 7 simple tips a try and see how you too can find further enrichment in the story A House for Hermit Crab.
I adore cute children’s books. I always have, even before I had children. Escucha Means Listen is one of those cute kids books I love. It challenges children to listen to what they hear in the world around them. I love the illustrations in this book! They’re bright and colorful to really hold children’s attention when you’re reading to them. The book also tells what the word for many of the sound or sound makers are in Spanish, so it can be used when you’re working on teaching your child to speak Spanish.
I had the opportunity to ask the author, Talia Nunez about some things we can do in our everyday world to help children appreciate the world around them. Here is her list:
10 Things To Help Your Children Appreciate The World Around Them
From: Talia Nunez
- Take a walk.
- Hike up a mountain, rock or hillside.
- Walk along a river or stream.
- Listen to the birds sing
- Go for a bike ride.
- Watch the rain or snow fall.
- Dance in the rain.
- Jump in puddles.
- Smell flowers.
- Swim in any body of water.
Escucha Means Listen
From the mowing of the lawn to the splish-splashing of rain puddles, Talia Aikens-Nuñez’s bilingual picture book Escucha Means Listen introduces toddlers and babies to the sweet sounds around them.
Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.
Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)
Las abejas (The bees) circling the flowers.
Woosh. Woosh. What do you hear?
El viento (The wind) is whistling by.
Shh. Shh. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)
Las hojas (The leaves) are dancing on the trees.
Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children’s books. These ‘first experience’ books introduce Spanish to children and parents too! Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband and daughter live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter Isabella.
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I have really fun giveaway for you today! I have one of Hallmark’s new Interactive Storybuddies! Say hello to Nugget!
Interactive Story Buddies help your kids bring story time to life. They chime in with barking, talking and singing when certain phrases are read from the book. Nugget is super adorable, and comes with a corresponding book, a read along audio CD and an app. There are several Interactive Story Buddies hitting Hallmark shelves this holiday season with a retail price of around $29.99, but we have Nugget to giveaway to one lucky Kid’s Fun reader!
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I’ll be back with a review in the next few days!
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We got to check out an assortment of Peppa Pig books, toys and DVDs. I knew some little girls who could help me out with the review on these, so I headed over to my sister in law’s to find out what they thought of these super cute new toys.
Check out what the girls reviewed for me:
The toys, book and dvd were all a big hit!
Peppa Pig And The Lost Christmas List Book
In this beautifully illustrated story book from Candlewick Press, Peppa Pig and her friends all make out letter for Santa, then prepare for the big day. On Christmas Eve Peppa and her brother hear something on the roof. This is beautifully illustrated book and a super cute tale for the holiday Christmas season coming up fast! The book and all the other items we reviewed are available right now at Toys ‘R’ Us.
Hug ‘n Oink Peppa
Can you tell? This Peppa is perfectly huggable! When kids give her a squeeze she giggles, talks and snorts. When you keep hugging her you’ll get more laughs, snorting and a tune. Or kids can just cuddle up with her for a nap, because this Peppa is very soft and cuddly.
Peek ‘n Surprise Playhouse
Peppa’s Playhouse is already making it onto holiday best sellers lists! It’s a portable 4 room playhouse by Fisher Price. When kids open it up there is also a house full of furniture kids can use to get into Peppa’s world.
When kids are done playing they can fold everything up inside. It’s great for kids on the go, just grab the playhouse and head out.
The playhouse was a big hit with my nieces! The older one had a blast setting up all the rooms and checking out the changing furniture. The sink can be switched from messy to clean, the bath can be filled with bubbles, and the family table can be set up for dinner time, then cleaned with a flip! I want a dinner table like that one!
The younger one just had a blast moving the furniture and the characters around in the house.
The Peek ‘n Surprise Playhouse retails for $34.99.
Peppa & Friends: Bicycling Together
Peppa and Suzy Sheep are going for a ride on a bicycle built for two that’s the perfect size for little hands to play with. There’s a peek n’ surprise basket on the bicycle. When it’s flipped it reveals a bouquet of flowers.
Bicycling Together was really popular with both of the girls! The little one loved carrying Peppa and Suzy around, they fit right in her hands perfectly! The older one added the characters to the Playhouse and played with all the characters together.
Bicycling Together retails for $7.99.
Muddy Puddles and Other Stories DVD
The DVD features a 60 minute compilation of 10 of Peppa’s “peppasodes” on Nick Jr. It’s available as a DVD at Toys ‘R’ Us, or as a digital download from iTunes.
It was so fun to watch my nieces play and interact with Peppa Pig and her friends. I have a son, so I never get the chance to play with toys aimed for little girls!
Disclosure: I received an assortment of Peppa Pig toys, a DVD, and a book to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
I have fond memories, and some maybe not so fun, of my mom teaching me to sew when I was growing up. I was always, and I’m still always, amazed by her talent with a sewing machine, including sewing machine repair. Whenever I have to repair a piece of clothing, or when I need to hem a pair of pants I’m grateful my mom taught me how to sew. I even had a little enterprise going at one time when I was growing up making and selling doll clothes. I think teaching your kids to sew is a very good skill to pass on. If you can have fun with it, that’s even better!
My mom is also very talented at repairing her own sewing machine if there’s a minor problem. That’s not a skill she passed on to me! I am not mechanical AT ALL. That’s why I was excited to check out Sewing Machine Repair for the Home Sewer.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:
Sewing Machine Repair for the Home Sewer” is a book that is long overdue for anyone who owns a sewing machine. Written in step by step instructional style, it takes the machine owner through problem/solution scenarios allowing them to fix problems that can cause a lot of frustration for those who sew. Whether you have an older model machine, or one of the new computer models, this book will help keep your general repair costs to a minimum. The home sewer can now just look up the problem in this handy guide book and follow the instructions on how to fix it. YES, it’s now as easy to fix your sewing machine as picking up a book!
Sewing Machine Repair for the Home Sewer has some great basic sewing machine repair information from author Reuben O. Doyle, who’s been repairing sewing machines for over 25 years.
What I love about this book is that it’s written with step by step instructions even a person whose not mechanical can understand it. It also takes you through problems and possible solution scenarios you can work through to help you fix your specific problem.
This book is also basic enough you can use it to teach your kids how to make their own minor repairs while they’re sewing, for a home school lesson, or 4-H project.
Some of the step by step sewing machine repairs demonstrated in this book include:
- Solutions for a sewing machine skipping stitches
- Breaking needles
- What to look at if the machine isn’t feeding fabric through properly.
- How to properly set, adjust, take apart and put back together the tension.
- How to adjust the timing
- Cleaning, oiling and lubricating your machine
It’s a handy guide to keep on hand for when your machine does break down. I plan to keep mine with my sewing machine manuals so I know where it is when I have a problem!
You can find out more about this book at their website SewMachineRepair.com.
You can find this book at Amazon here: Sewing Machine Repair for the Home Sewer
You can win a copy of this book at the Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Giveaway.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Sewing Machine Repair For the Home Sewer for review, and one copy to give away to a Kid’s Fun reader.