Hermit Crab Bookish Play

Eric Carle’s “A House for Hermit’s crab” Bookish play

Last week, We did a play-based activity around the Eric Carle classic book “A House for Hermit Crab”. Bookish plays are always a Win-win in our home. I love creating them, and my child loves telling stories with the props that I made.

So here is our Hermit crab Bookish Play!

A house for hermit crab bookish play

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A house for Hermit Crab

Eric Carle is one of our favourite authors. We love his simple illustrations and the ease of reading his stories. Our most favourite books are Brown Bear, what do you see, and of course The Hungry Caterpillar. But we liked this Hermit crab too! 

a house for hermit crab book

This is a story of a Hermit crab who has outgrown its shell and needs to find a new one. He finds a Big plain shell but thinks it is not very interesting.

So the crab goes on on the Ocean floor, finding friends who help him decorate and protect his house.

The story takes place over a year, and by the end, the Hermit crab again outgrows his house. So what did he do then? 

In the book, Kids also learn the Names of Months and a few creatures of the Ocean Habitat. The book has a message for kids to treat everyone with Kindness and Respect! 

Hermit crab bookish play

The idea of creating props for this Hermit crab bookish play occurred to me all of a sudden, seeing my daughter’s painting. She was doing this usual experiment of mixing and splashing colours on a huge sheet.

Well, It was so beautiful (at least according to me). So, I wanted to make something worthwhile out of it.

I remembered a recent article that I read about how Eric Carle created his artworks. And that inspired me to create these story props.

So here is an outline of how I made them. First, I drew a rough outline of all creatures with a pencil and cut them out using scissors.

The larger part of the painting was green; thus, most creatures ended up green, including the crab. I gave some finishing touches to the shell, added eyes and other feature with oil pastels. It was so perfect after a while!

While making them, I did not take any pictures or videos. All I have is the result.

We immediately started reading the book and recreating the scene with the props.

Do you recognise the scene here?

Scene from a house for Hermit crab

The Crab has found some friends to decorate his house (Starfish, Sea anemone and corals).  Later, He met the snail and was amazed to see the snails sliding and cleaning the path.

The Hermit Crab asks the snail if he could stay along with them and clean the shell. The snail agrees and hops in. Thus goes the story…

Can you imagine how amazing it would be for the child to hear stories this way?

If you haven’t done Bookish plays before, Pick your favourite book with simple illustrations and try them.

If you found this post inspiring, do let me know in the comment section and share it with your friends.

painting turned into hermit crab bookish props




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