Following our Eric Carle author study lesson (check out the Feeling a Little Hermit Crabby, Part 1 post), our brilliant art teacher, Mrs. London took over our beautiful hermit crab shells. Mrs. London has put together a blog post about her work on this project, as well. We were very involved in one another's lessons throughout this unit and we were thrilled to be collaborating on such a fun project. It was so exciting to be able to tie one topic into the general classroom, the library and the art room. The kids were so engaged throughout the entire process.
Check out how we honed in on our inner-Eric Carle:
The crab bodies were created using red modeling clay
They were sooo cute!
Not only did the kiddos make hermit crabs, they also created underwater habitat homes!
Next step, using Eric Carle's style for inspiration, Mrs. London had students paint tissue paper to adorn their habitats
"More paint, cover as much space as you can!"
The following week, the kindergarteners used the tissue paper to create seaweed, starfish, coral, sponges, sea anemones and much more!
Mrs. London's adorable example (she used dried flowers to decorate the floor of the habitat)
Amazing display in the front corridor of the school
Lastly, I have to brag about our amazing kindergarten team and their stunning bulletin boards!!!
I hope you're inspired to do your own over-the-top Eric Carle study and have the opportunity to collaborate among departments. It was truly a joy!