Using card from recycled items such as a cereal boxes, shoes boxes, etc. or a paper plate, cut out a circle shape slightly bigger than your hand and decorate it as Hermit crab's shell. You can use crayons, coloured pencils sponge print with paints or collage it. Now make a handprint using paint or draw around your hand, decorate it in and cut it out. Then stick the shell next to the thumb and first finger to make Hermit crab. Finally, add antennas on the top of the hand and some eyes. Tape a lolly stick, old skewer, a plastic straw or even a wooden spoon on the back to make it into a puppet. Remember to ask your adult for help you if you need it. Now you can use your puppet to help you retell the story.
Hermit Crab's House
Hermit Crab needs a new house as he is getting too big for his old house. Can you design or make a new house for him? Think about the size and shape of his new house. What kind of house do you think he should get? What shape should his house look like? Do you think it should be a house that looks like a shell or perhaps a house like yours? Will his new house have doors, windows, roof, walls? How many rooms will Hermit have? Will he let his friends share his new home? Why? Remember, you don't just have to draw or paint but you can also use objects around your home to create a 3D house e.g. Lego, Duplo, building bricks, your toys, old boxes, etc.
Dinner at Hermit Crab's new house - Smelling Activity
Hermit Crab wants to invite his friends to dinner in his new house. To find the ingredients to cook the food, he has to smell the containers using his antennas at the top of his head.
Can you help him by smelling the containers and finding out what they are?
For this activity, you will need about 4-5 plastic cups/pots/containers. Fill the cups with a little bit of the food (see the list below) then cover the cups with foil, paper, kitchen towel or tissue. Stab couple of holes into it so the smell is strong. Then line them up ready for them to smell it. Which ones did you like? Dislike? Why? What do you think they are? What do you think they are used for? Have you smelt these before? Where? When?
Smell is part of our senses which help us in everyday life. There are five main senses. We use our eyes to see; ears to hear; tongue to taste and our skin to touch and our nose to smell.
Food you can use:
Coffee granules, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, any fruit or their peel (such as orange, lemon, apple, banana, strawberry), herbs (such as coriander, parsley, basil, thyme), onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla essence or any other essence (such as mint, lemon).
Lantern Fish's new house
The Lantern fish wants his grandparents, aunty and uncle to stay with him as they live far away in another ocean. But his house is too small. Can you create a new house under the sea where all of Lantern fish's family can live together? You can use objects from around your home to build a new place for the Lantern Fish's big family. Lay a large blue sheet, paper, or even a towel to create the sea then build the house on top. With an adults help, you can also do this in the bath tub or use a large container filled with a little bit of water to create the sea. Remember, this can also be done outside. Think about the shape of the house? Will it be a cuboid, a cylinder, a cube, a cone or a sphere shape? Will it be a tall house? A big house? How long will it be? How many rooms does he need? What size will each room be? Does this new house need a roof? Why/why not? How will they swim in and out of the house? Will it have windows?
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Listen to the story and the music. How does the music make you feel? Is it fast or slow? Does the music make you want to move your body around?
As the story is read, act out the animals using different movements:
Hermit crab - move your body side to side
Sea anemones -sway your arms up and down
Crusty coral - turn around slowly on your toes
Snail - lie on your tummy and pull yourself forward with your hands
Sea urchin - kick your legs out slowly
Seaweed - touch your toes then reach slowly up to the sky
Lantern fish - dart in and out like a fish
Pebble - curl into a ball
You can do this again but now make your own movements for each sea creature.
Act out the story with your family members. You can use different voices for each sea creatures and think about how to move in different ways. If you need some ideas to help you get going, use the movement activity to start you off. Remember, you can also do these activities outdoors. Which character will you choose? Why? How will you move? Can you make a different voice for your character? What will your character say?
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