Tissue Paper Hermit Crab

Over the next week or so, we will be focused on art, activities, and books about pets. Our daughter loves animals, so we thought it would be a fun little learning theme!

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Today we read Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonald. After reading the book, we made a little hermit crab of our own!

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Googly Eyes
  • Red Construction Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Pen or Marker

We started by putting glue in a swirl like pattern on the paper plate and letting our toddler glue the tissue paper on one piece at a time. We already had small squares of tissue paper cut. If you do not keep cut up tissue paper, then you’d need to cut some up before you started.

After the plate was covered in tissue paper, we let it dry while we traced our toddlers hand. We cut out the hand print and then two little parts for the eyes of the crab. If your child is preschool age, try letting them do the cutting!

Next, we helped our little one glue the eyes onto the little pieces and then onto the top of the hand print.

Once the paper plate was dry, we flipped it over and taped the hand print onto the paper plate. You could also use a stapler instead of tape.

Once we flipped it over, we had a cute little hermit crab.

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