Last week I borrowed a copy of Eric Carle’s A House for Hermit Crab from the library, intending to read it with C and G. Eric Carle books are very popular with my kids, and I’m sure the popular children’s author needs no introduction.
In this simple tale, we follow hermit crab as he looks for a new house, and proceeds to add various creatures to his shell for decoration and protection. Reading this story, the kids get to learn about the hermit crab and other marine lifeforms in its habitat as well as the different months in a year.
Besides the usual lapbook and crafts, I wanted to try something more interesting (and slightly more ambitious). Inspired by the internet, I made a felt playset, complete with hermit crab, shell, and the various marine lifeforms that appear in the story. This could be used with my existing felt story book to re-enact the story.
I’m glad to say that it turned out pretty well, and the kids loved it! Especially C, who wanted me to recite the story while she acted it out for G on the felt story book (we did this three times!). I think the effort and time spent was well worth it, looking at the joy on their faces. 🙂
Have you read A House for Hermit Crab ?