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A Pair of Socks

A House for Hermit Crab
by Eric Carle

Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell. When he moves into a new bigger one, he realizes that it is very plain. He enlists the help of other sea creatures to help him decorate his new home.


Have you ever had to move? Find out what happens when Hermit Crab moves into his new home.

Topics: growing, time (months of the year)

Activities To Do Together:

  • Count the number of sea creatures in the story. 

  • Talk your child about time, patterns, cycles, and routines related to time.

  • Talk with your child about the order in which the hermit crab decorates his shell. 

  • Predict what will happen after the end of the story when Hermit Crab needs to get a new shell.

Questions for Mathematical Thinking: 

  1. Are you growing? How can you tell? 

  2. Hermit Crab asked a lot of creatures to help him decorate his house. Who would you ask to help you decorate your house? Why? 

  3. How many things does he have on his shell at the end? Let’s count!

  4. What happened at the beginning of this story? What happened at the end? How are the beginning and the end of the story similar?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts: 

big, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Please check out the Book Guide for A House for Hermit Crab for more!

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