How to Teach Crabs to Read
Crabs are fascinating sea creatures and are a wonderful subject to study. Read about their habitats and adaptations, as well as how they live and learn!
Children in the classroom learned about crabs through exploration and experimentation. They discovered that hermit crabs like to live in their shells, climb on sand, and enjoy eating apples.
A House for Hermit Crab
This fable, written by Eric Carle and illustrated by Janet Stevens, is an excellent choice for children who are learning about the ocean. It teaches them an important lesson: For every friend and adventure left behind, there are new ones to find!
A hermit crab realizes that he has outgrown his shell and goes looking for a larger one. He is a little nervous and frightened, but finds a nice one.
When you want your students to practice their emergent reading skills, puppets are a great option! Puppets are also a fun way to introduce concepts like food chains, anatomy, behavior, and diversity.
For a simple crab puppet, paint half of a paper plate red and have students glue the different body parts. Once they have assembled their puppet, kids can use a popsicle stick to make it walk!
This craft is perfect for pairing with a book about crabs or for using as a summer activity. Adding googly eyes or yarn hair will add some fun to the puppet and help students learn important phonemic awareness skills.
Paper Plate Crabs
Using recycled materials, paper plate crabs are a fun and easy craft for kids to make! They are also a great way to teach about different animals found in the ocean.
Start by folding the paper plate in half and open it up. It will have a deep groove on the inside which makes it easier for little hands to cut straight on the line.
Next, glue the claw pattern parts together around the fluted edge of the plate, up to where the rounded edges meet the pattern. Use brass fasteners to secure the claw parts in place.
Pool Noodle Crabs
Pool noodles are a cheap, lightweight material that can be used for various craft projects. They’re also a great way to add a fun accent to any party or decor.
You can use them to create a variety of different decorations and creative toys for kids and adults alike! We’ve found 30 amazing DIY ideas that are easy and fun to make.
For these cute crabs, you’ll need a 6-inch piece of pool noodle, googly eyes, pompoms, bendy straws, pipe cleaners, ribbon, scissors and a hot glue gun.
Crab Sequencing Activity
Crabs are a favorite for kids of all ages and they’re also a great way to teach them about the ocean. This crab sequencing activity is a fun way to introduce the life cycle of crabs and practice sequencing skills.
Using paper rolls and googly eyes, this activity is easy to do with your students. They’ll roll the paper and glue in claws and legs.
This activity pairs perfectly with the book A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. After reading the book, have your students do this activity to practice their sequencing skills.
Hermit Crab Sensory Bin
A hermit crab sensory bin is a fun way to help children explore their senses. Using painted beans, shells, and kinetic sand, children will have the opportunity to build their own ocean scene!
After reading A House for Hermit Crab, pair the story with this activity and ask students to make their own hermit crab sensory bin. This will help kids understand the story better and also get them excited about exploring their sensory abilities!
Hermit crabs possess a partial overlap of the IR odor spectrum evoking responses in their coeloconic sensilla (Silbering et al., 2011). We identify two putative coreceptors, IR25a and IR93a.
Hermit Crab Pets
Hermit crabs make excellent pets, and they are easy to care for. Their enclosures should be similar to their natural habitat and they are best kept in pairs or groups.
They are intelligent and entertaining and are very social animals that need lots of interaction with humans. They also need to be provided with plenty of food and water and have a clean, healthy environment.
Hermit crabs are a great option for students to bring into the classroom and observe as they explore. Providing them with the right housing and care will help children to learn about hermit crabs in a meaningful way.