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A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study Art Project
This art project for A House for Hermit Crab took on a life of its own as a multi-media and even multi-sensory ,collage project. Digging around in the art supply stash for items to create the creatures in the book A House for Hermit Crab gave us a wide variety textures to work with and that made it fun and pretty too! I set out a divided tray ( from Dollar Tree) with a variety of supplies to make our picture, the kids love choosing their own items to create with, using the tray keeps it somewhat tidy and organized
We started by “painting” glue on the bottom of our blue construction paper, the kids then sprinkled clean play on the glue to create a mini beach for our crab. We used a paper plate for our crab shell, I love how the ridges resemble a natural and bumpy shell, we used a black sharpie for detail and trimmed it up a bit. Then we gave him long and googly crab eyes. We started adding on the creatures- we used tissue paper, toothpicks, craft foam, chenille stems, construction paper and other random items. My favorite is the starfish made from a scrap of sandpaper, isn't he cute?
You could also use tempera or water color paint to create a picture of the hermit crab and his friends. Even toddlers can use finger paint to make their interpretation of a crab. Or simply torn pieces of colored paper to make an underwater collage.
Let your little ones take the lead in creating a beautiful and unique art piece to reinforce the book.