Stories & Crafts: Home 2

Welcome to digital Stories & Crafts for preschoolers! Listen to A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, make a crab of your own and have some more fun with animals who call the ocean home.

Make a Hermit Crab


  • a paper plate
  • markers or crayons
  • glue stick or tape
  • scissors,
  • Q-tips or a small paintbrush
  • a sheet of construction paper or another paper plate to make your child’s handprint


  • Trace around your child’s hand on construction paper or extra paper plate. Cut out the handprint. Depending on the age of your child they may be able to cut it on their own.
  • Remove the outer edge of the paper plate so it is in proportion to the size of your child’s hand. My handprint belonged to a 6 year old and I cut one inch off the edge of the plate.
  • You or your child can make a spiral on the paper plate using a marker or crayon, starting in the center of the plate and working to the outer edge. Your child can then add dots of color with markers or crayons all over the plate.
  • If you used markers for the dots, let your child use a Q-tip with a small amount of water to blend the colors of their markings on the plate.
  • Glue or tape the thumb of the handprint to the back of the paper plate so the fingers stick out.
  • Cut two long strips for the eyes. Add eyes using the left over paper plate.

More Fun

Five Little Crabs Song

Ocean Song

Hermit Crab moving to a larger shell

Watch the Library Aquarium Cam

Remember to add this week’s reading time to Beanstack and earn prizes over the summer months. Enjoy more Stories & Crafts.

I work in the Kids Library and I love picture books. I'm always looking through the newest books. Ask me for a recommendation! You can find me making book bundles for preschoolers, at storytime or in Building Readers: Wonderful 1s.