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Eric Carle: 5 Great Books Plus 5 Great Activities

Updated on July 15, 2012

Eric Carle: 5 Great Books Plus 5 Great Activities

Greetings! Much like my blog www.teachersland.com this lens is all about great ideas, activities, and resources for Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers. This Lens gives five activities that can be done using 5 different books by Eric Carle. Personally, I am a preschool teacher in Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. I grew up surrounded by teachers-my mother is a teacher, all of my aunts on my dad's side are teachers, my brother and sister-in-law are teachers-I guess you could say teaching is in my blood. I spent many years in college searching for a path that was my own and a field I could be passionate about and I studied everything from Science to Art. I learned a lot about a lot of different things and finally found that sharing the information I had gained with others is what truly makes me happy. I found that teaching is my passion. I love coming up with fun, creative and engaging ways to teach my students new information and skills. I love the challenge that teaching presents and the ability to use all of the skills I learned along my path. I hope you find this Lens useful! - Teacher's Land

Roosters Off to See the World Collage
Roosters Off to See the World Collage

1 - Rooster's Off to See the World Collage

This a fun project that the kiddos really love!

To create this project I make a rough sketch of a scene from the book and make copies. Don't worry you don't have to be a great artist to pull this off all you need is a rough outline. The kids take care of the rest by gluing on small torn pieces of tissue paper in the outlines. For my kiddos I usually take time the day before to ball up little pieces of tissue and have them sorted by color into cups. This makes it easier for them to grasp and to stick on. You will be amazed at how well these turn out. Here is an example I made. For added dimension you could scan the pictures and print them out. This is a modified homage to the way Eric Carle creates his pictures form tissue paper. This activity could be done with any of Eric Carle's books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Prop
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Prop

2 - Awesome Story Prop for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I found this amazing idea for a story prop on pintrest. My version is pictured. I used an empty bread crumb can and covered it with white card stock. Then, I pasted an image of a caterpillar on the front, used pipe cleaners for antennae and an image of a cocoon on the back (I always change this word to chrysalis when reading the book and doing life cycle). I cut an opening for the mouth using an x-acto knife and saved milk caps to hold the images of the food. As you read the story the students feed the caterpillar and then you turn the can around when he builds a chrysalis around himself and open the container and pull out a butterfly hand puppet to finish the story. This is a fun way to make the read aloud interactive and engage your students! It could also be used for the students to retell the story after the read aloud.

The Grouchy Ladybug Sharing Plate
The Grouchy Ladybug Sharing Plate

3 - The Grouchy Ladybug Sharing Plate

This is one of my favorite projects I have designed. You need: two paper plates, red paint, paintbrush, black paint, black pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, black construction paper, crayons and a brad. First I refer my students back to the list of thing that we could share that we talked about at circle time and ask them to draw a picture of something they could share with a friend on one of the paper plates. I ask them what their drawing is of and write it on the plate. Sit the sharing plates to the side so they do not get damaged in the second part of the activity. Next, have the students paint the other plate red. The plate will need time to dry. Either have the students cut out a large oval of black construction paper or pre-cut it. Then place wiggly eyes on the paper and punch holes at the top to stick pipe cleaners through to form antennae. After the red plate is dry have students use their thumbs to create black paint dots on the plate for the ladybugs spots. Cut the plate in half when dry and punch a hole in each side at the top. Punch wholes in the sharing plate at the top and in the head at the bottom. Then tread them all onto the brad to assemble the ladybug. You can punch holes in the red plate and use short pieces of pipe cleaner to create feet if desired. This activity always turns out so cute!

10 Little Rubber Ducks Sponge Painting
10 Little Rubber Ducks Sponge Painting

4 - 10 Little Rubber Ducks Sponge Painting

This is a great book for counting activities. Have your students use finger paint to create an ocean scene. They then sponge 10 rubber ducks on to the paper to create a cute scene from the book. After they are done you can review math vocabulary such as first and second, last etc. while looking at their art work.

Eric Carle - HC
Eric Carle - HC

5 - A House for Hermit Crab Paper Plate Collage

A House for Hermit Crab is about a crab who has outgrown his shell. Throughout the story he finds objects and other sea life to decorate his shell for beautification and protection. For this activity you need a paper plate, red paint, wiggly eyes and anything you want to add glitz to the shell. First you make a hand print on a piece of paper let it dry then cut it out. While the hand print is drying have your students decorate the back of the paper plate with art supplies--I usually empty out my odds and ends of pom poms, tissue paper, stickers, glitter and jewels. After both pieces dry attach the hand to the paper plate and add wiggly eyes to two of the fingers. This activity is so much fun and the kids all come up with a unique home for their hermit crab!

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      world127hk 5 years ago

      good lens, teaching is important for the children and you got the idea! you can use the new technology like the wireless video read pen to make the teaching with funs too!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! Check out my other lens 5 Awesome Alphabet Activities!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Thanks! Please check out my other lens or my blog http://teachersland.com for more ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like your crafts, so many great idea.

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @lucia1990: Thank you for the compliment!

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      @travelerme: Thanks I am glad you found it interesting!

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      @WriterJanis2: Thanks!

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      @BLemley: Thank you for the kind words!

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      lucia1990 5 years ago

      you are good writer.. and also your lens do good..

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      lucia1990 5 years ago

      you are good writer.. and also your lens do good..

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      this is great, pinned it. bookmarked your blog as well :) thanks!

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      travelerme 5 years ago

      I think it is interesting

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      travelerme 5 years ago

      I think it is interesting

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very nice first lens.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I'll bet you have the most excited kids, that can't wait to see what their teacher has for them today! Loved the crafts, too ~ great ideas! My son has an autographed Eric Carle book he earned by reading books in 1st grade. He's now 25! Great lens and ideas ~ and welcome to Squidoo! B : )

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @Sher Ritchie: Thank you very much!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Great lens - thanks for sharing!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @MsShari: Thank you for you comment! For many more activities check out my blog teachersland.com. I will be post another lens soon!

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      MsShari 5 years ago

      Lots of useful information. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for a delightful lens. I love teaching too!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      What a great start!!!! Congratulations on this great lens and welcome to Squidoo! Blessed!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @DrBillSmithWriter: I am having a ball already! More to come thank you for your kind words!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @mojoCNYartist: Neat! My teachersland.com logo is Eric Carle inspired! Its colored tissue paper made into the shape of a apple and then scanned into photoshop for some finishing touches!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @fullofshoes: Thanks for reading!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank You! I love coming up with creative activities. It is the former art major in me. More to come until then please check out my blog www.teachersland.com

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @fdurham: Thank you so much! It be challenging at times but I find that the more creative and exciting the activities are the more responsive they become. I sure am tired by the end of the day :)

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @TopTenLists: Thanks! I am am getting materials and information together for my next one as I type this!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @soaringsis: Thank you for you kind words! More to come!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. I am just loving this lens. Thanks for sharing

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      TopTenLists 5 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo. Excellent lens. Can't wait to read your next one...

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      fdurham 5 years ago

      Great lens. Your students are fortunate to have a teacher who knows how to make learning fun. I could have used these ideas when I was babysitting pre-school age children.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Your students are very fortunate to have a teacher so passionate about not only teaching, but also about learning being fun. :)

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Welcome!

      What a wonderful lens. Well done and enjoyable to read. ~blessed~

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      Welcome to squidoo. Love Eric Carle's artwork. Very original how he would create painted textures and then collage them to make his story books. Plus he was born in Syracuse, NY.... my hometown.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! Welcome to Squidoo! You will have a ball - and so will we, reading them! ;-)

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @Joan Haines: Thank you! I am always developing new ideas to use in the classroom there will be much more to come. Please check out my site teachersland.com for many more ideas!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @iijuan12: Thanks!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: I am so glad that you think so! Thank you very much!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @glowchick: Thanks! This is a great site! I can see how it is going to become addicting. For more ideas now you can always check out my teaching blog teachersland.com

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Very nice. I love kids' hands-on work. So fun, just like Eric Carle books."Squid Angel blessed."

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Welcome to squidoo! Great ideas!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Based on your first lens, you are going to get good at this fast!

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      Great 1st lens~ thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas and I'm looking forward to more :)

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much for your kind words! I love using great literature when teaching. For many other activities please check out my website!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love this! What great projects to help children learn to love books and reading!