Saturday, September 15, 2012

An Enchanted Childhood ~ A House for Hermit Crab

Keeping with the beach/ocean theme, our book for this week was Eric Carle's A House for Hermit Crab. We read it each day. It follows a crab each month, for a year, as he decorates his new shell.  Each day we sang our "months" song.  Monday, we made a cute Hermit Crab craft.  The children decorated their shell and then I traced their hands for the crab.

In the book, the crab meets up with sea urchins.  Later in the week, we used clay (1st time playing with clay rather than playdough) and tooth picks to make our own sea urchins.  We found the idea here!

While the "big kids" made the sea urchins, the "highchair gang" colored card stock (as well as mouths, faces, arms, hands...) which I cut into star fish!

Our last activity, for the week, was making a star fish from sandpaper.  I was thrilled to find a pack of 24 sandpaper squares at the local Dollar General store for $1.  I cut two for each child.  They colored both stars with our rock crayons.  I glued the two pieces, sand side out, and we made a necklace!

Our warm days are numbered, so we run outside every chance we can!

Ohhhh, the carrots are gone.. but never fear,
Poppaw John planted a fall crop which be ready soon!

Taking a break to talk it over!
Yep, Life is good!

Amazon link to the book we used this week: A House for Hermit Crab (World of Eric Carle)

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  1. love your hermit crab ideas! funny b/c we were just watching a dinosaur train episode this morning about hermit crabs.

  2. Your children do so much each week. What a great mix of indoor craft and outdoor fun. Fingers crossed the sunny weather lasts! Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  3. Love your ideas to go along with this favourite book! We did a 'beach' theme in the summer and these ideas would fit in nicely.
    If you would like me to post about your ideas and link up, let me know.
    ~ joey ~

  4. Looks like so much fun. In the pic of Squirrely in the white hat, she is making a face just like Cash always makes. Maybe it's a universal baby face. :)

    1. haha it looks like an "I am not sure about these people" look!

  5. I always adore your outdoor play shots, and those sea urchins are cute!

    Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory!

  6. Am loving those sea urchins!
    Some great activities there.
    Oooh is that an island you have there too :)

    Visiting via Country kids

  7. we are enjoying as much of this beautiful late summer, almost fall weather too! thanks so much for linking up, it really made my day hearing that you are enjoying the monday nature inspirations on my space!

  8. What a 100% adorable post. I love all your crafts and your day out.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  9. Oh, what fun!! I love your sea creatures!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  10. That's one of our favorite books--I LOVE your activities!

  11. All of your creatures are so cute. Thank you for linking them to Read.Explore.Learn. I would love to feature this post on Friday. Would it be okay to use on of your pictures?

    1. Thank you and YES that would be perfectly fine! Thanks so much.