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A House for Hermit Crab Literature Unit – Ivy Kids Kit

A House for Hermit Crab literature unit using Ivy Kids kits

Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and we were sent this kit to review and use with our family.

One of the things that makes so many picture books memorable for our children, aside from the constant reading, is the addition of hands-on activities that tie in with the books. Even now they are older, they’ve never really grown out of that – and truthfully, I love it as well.

Except for the planning out and gather process, if we’re being completely honest.  That I can often do without!

Finding materials and ideas to go-along with books can take a lot of time out of the day. (Getting distracted on Pinterest with the additional things found might be another rabbit hole for another day, but that can make it truly overwhelming too.) I love real books and bringing them to life through hands-on activities though, so when Ivy Kids asked if we would be interested in using one of their monthly educational boxes to go along with A House for Hermit Crab – well, YES!

You all – I am IN LOVE!!! I wish these would have been around earlier when our kids were younger. Kaleb and I have had much fun together working on activities and learning about hermit crabs, and I’d love to share some of the fun with you too.

A Bit About Ivy Kids Kits

Each month, Ivy Kids puts together an educational box that includes a broad range of activities to go along with a specific book. They offer a wide range of literature-based kits, and activities range from simply fun (like painting) to educational games. Each box includes a copy of the focus book as well, so you can add it to your shelf immediately when you are finished with your learning!

A House for Hermit Crab Ivy Kids kit activities

The box is packed with all the supplies you will need (including the book!) so you do not have to gather anything – simply open the box and start! Boxes are targeted toward children ages 3 to 8: Little Ivy (3-5) and Junior Ivy (5-8) and many activities can be adapted for kids, making it great for siblings to work on together. The box lid contains a list of all activities, so you have a quick reference guide of what the theme looks like.

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a quick peek inside our box

Activities are all grouped in ziplock bags, complete with instructions for each activity or game. At times there are pieces that are used for more than one activity, but it’s all clearly laid out for you as you go through the projects. Kits are personalized to your child and with your child’s name on the activities. We kept the instructions in the bags along with the supplies so we didn’t get anything confused. Sibling add-on kits are also available for each kit.

Activities in Our Box

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While each kit includes activities specifically tailored to the theme book, we received A House for Hermit Crab. Can you believe we never, in all the many year and children, never read the book together before? While there were many activities included in our box, we have a few to highlight for you (see the full list of activities here).

We chose to do a few activities each day and spread them out over the course of two weeks. During that time we read the book together a few times as well and used the included bookmark to go over comprehension questions.

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One of our favorite go-alongs in A House for Hermit Crab box was the pretend hermit crab that grows. Kaleb LOVED creating a habitat for his crab (and I enjoyed that we didn’t have a real one in the house!). His habitat has been sitting on his desk along with a  collection of shells as well.

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Zachary wanted to join in with us as well, especially when it came time to paint. The suncatchers went along with the different creatures in the book and have been hanging in our schoolroom window ever since!

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We observed a hermit crab shell, measuring and describing, writing a short summary about our findings after drawing a picture.

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Kaleb’s hermit crab design…

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Sorting shells by type – can you identify a bivalve or gastropod?

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The photo fact cards that explain about a hermit crab are wonderful resources!

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And plenty of painting and craft activities to go along!

These are just a sampling of the many activities, games, and resources included in Ivy Kid’s kit for A House for Hermit Crab. Be sure to visit their website to see the full list of activities.

We are definitely looking forward to working through another Ivy Kids kit (currently Make Way for Ducklings) and sharing that with you soon! If you’d like to try Ivy Kids Kits with your children, be sure to use the coupon code below!

Ivy Kids discount code

Subscriptions to Ivy Kids are available for one, three, or six months and add-on sibling kits are available for an additional $5. Try out any one of their past kits, but remember supplies are limited. Subscriptions are the best way to get the newest literature kit! Use the code IVY20 to save 20% off your first kit with any renewing subscription.

Recommended for grades preK – 3. Parent supervision is needed, but no prep-time is required. Our honest opinion has been given in this review and we wholeheartedly recommend Ivy Kids to other families.

Salt & Ice Experiments and Geography for Preschool – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Have you all had a wonderful week? The weather here has been completely sporadic – warm and in the 70’s one day, with flurries the next! It’s enough to drive a mom crazy!

There have been some FUN ideas linking up the last few weeks (as there always are!), and I can’t wait to share a few with you that I know you will love! Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Fishing for Ice

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Science Kiddo shares a fun LEGO ice activity that teaches a science concept about salt and ice.

Maps and Globes for 4 Year Olds

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If you’d like to focus more on world geography, Practical Mom shares some neat resources you can use for younger children that involve hands-on building.

Building the Alphabet

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Learning is always so much more effective when it is hands-on. Grab some free letter card templates and ideas for creating the alphabet with learning blocks.

Solar System Rock Painting

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If you are learning about the solar system or any planets, check out this fun idea from Teacher Mom Plus 3. Her family painted the planets on rocks using markers to go along with their learning.

That’s it for this week!! Can’t wait to see what you all are sharing.

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.

Life Cycle Cards and Ice Science – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Ice Science

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If the weather outside is frightful (or maybe the kids are a little stir crazy), here are some fun winter art and science activities for kids from The Science Kiddo to keep hands and minds busy!

Life Cycle Cards

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Teacher Mom Plus 3 shares three different sets of life cycles cards you can print and use with your children: butterfly, frog, and the chicken.

 

Watercolor Chalk Art

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This hands-on sensory painting time will be a hit with your kids! Mini Monets and Mommies shares a chalk fingerpaint recipe to try at home.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Word Cards

Here are some colorful vocabulary cards to go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. There are 24 cards in all (love the clip art!).

FREE ABC Cookbooks

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Have a child that loves eating and cooking? Download these FREE ABC Cookbooks that features snacks for every letter of the alphabet and help support pre-reading skills.

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

 

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!

Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.

50 Crafts, Activities, and Printables for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts activities and printables

A favorite author in our house has been Eric Carle, especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Bright and vibrant colors follow through the book along with some wonderful learning opportunities: the days of the week, counting, the life cycle of a butterfly.

Beyond that, there are so many art ideas, cooking projects, and activities to do in conjunction with the book. And when I say many, I mean a LOT. With my nephew and nieces loving his books, I put together this collection of 50 crafts, activities, and printables for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Arts & Crafts Projects

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Cooking & Snack Ideas

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Science Activities

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Printables to Go-along

See More Very Hungry Caterpillar Ideas Here!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Word Cards – FREE Printable

Very Hungry Caterpillar word cards from Homeschool Creations

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is such a classic children’s book, and with my nieces and nephew working on Carle’s books together with their mom, I put together these Very Hungry Caterpillar Word Cards for them to use in the upcoming weeks – and thought you all might enjoy them as well!

 vocabulary cards for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

There are two different pages for the word cards – a total of 24 word cards in all for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Words include: apple, pear, plum, strawberry, orange, cake, cone, pickle, cheese, salami, lollipop, pie, sausage, cupcake, watermelon, leaf, cocoon, butterfly, caterpillar, and sun.

You will need TWO downloads (both free!!) to use the word cards – both the word cards and the Read! Build! Write! Mats.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

The Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats

Not familiar with the Read! Build! Write! mats? Basically, they are a fun way to work with your child on word identification and spelling.

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Here’s how the mats are used:

Read: Place one of the vocabulary cards in the top box and read the word together.

Build: Use letter tiles or magnets to build the word in the second box.

Write: Finally, practice writing the word in the bottom box.

Print the mats onto cardstock and then laminate them so that you can use Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers on the mats.

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Check out the Read! Build! Write! page to find additional themed vocabulary cards to go along with all of the Early Learning Printable Packs that I’ve put together so far.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

 

Hope these help you all out! Feel free to ‘pin’ the printables and share them with others! If there are some other vocabulary cards that you would like to see me put together, leave a comment and let me know!

 

Monet Art Project and Rainbow Oobleck – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Link-up

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Here are a few ideas from a recent link up that were too fun not to share!

Monet Inspired Art Project

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Fluttering Through the Seasons shares this GORGEOUS Monet-inspired water lily art project – and five additional ones you will love!!

Fork and Bubble Art

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Painting with things other than paintbrushes can be so much fun. Check out the project from The Practical Mom using forks and bubbles to make an amazing solar system painting.

Washing Counting Bears

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Sometimes life skills can be taught in the simplest ways! Something 2 Offer shares an impromptu counting bear washing tray she put together for her child.

Rainbow Oobleck

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If you are filing away fun ideas for St. Patrick’s Day or want a fun and gooey hands-on project for your kids, check out the recipe for Rainbow Oobleck from Busy Toddler. So colorful!!

FREE ABC Cookbooks

AALP cookbooks

Have a child that loves eating and cooking? Download these FREE ABC Cookbooks that features snacks for every letter of the alphabet and help support pre-reading skills.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for visiting and linking up!

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

 

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!

Homeschool Preschool

 

Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.