I stored this idea away in the back of my mind since my daughter made something similar at a Kids Club she attended a while back.
The thing is, I don’t really enjoy doing craft for craft’s sake with the kids. Instead I store up simple ideas and look for inspiration all over the place, and then act on the ideas as they fit effortlessly into our normal family life.
For example, we were at the beach this beautiful weekend, and the children did their usual shell collecting after a paddle in the sea. Later in the afternoon, we looked for rocks in the backyard and made these cute hermit crab pets.
Google Eyes (or can draw them on with permanent marker)
Glue Gun (or use strong glue like Selleys All Fix Glue — found at Big W, Target, Bunnings, KMart etc.)
1. Look for a rock with a flat-ish base. This will help the hermit pet sit flat.
2. Spend a little time working out which way to connect the shell with the rock. The idea is for rock to sit flat with the shell on top. Depending on the size of the shell used, the rock can be placed a little inside the shell (as pictured below), or the shell can sit on the top of the rock (what we did with the other two smaller shells). When ready, glue the shell in place.
3. Add google eyes to the front of the rock with glue.
4. Allow to dry (hot glue dries almost instantly).
Come on: How cute are they?! Let me introduce them (as named by the children). From left to right: Drilly, Herbert and Fizzy.
5. My son suggested we paint a backdrop for the hermit crab shell pets, so we pulled out the watercolours and brushed yellow on one piece of paper for the sand and blue on another for the sky.
Just a little way to connect the joy of the beach to a memory keeper for home.
Before bed, my youngest two and I spent 5 minutes searching for information about Hermit Crabs. PLUS we found a cute video of a crab changing shells.
It’s been an unplanned hermit-y crab kind of day.