Don't Worry, Little Crab
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And then, they dive under the very biggest wave. The feeling captured is so familiar to anyone who’s had the good fortune of being at the ocean, of diving into and under a wave, of the anticipation and apprehension of not knowing exactly what will happen next. Of hoping that in being swallowed up, you are still somehow safe. Cut the corners of your 3 in. x 4 in. paper diagonally with the top corners being slightly bigger than the bottom like in picture A. The cut doesn’t have to be perfect—imperfections add character!
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Read the story aloud to your child pausing to talk about what is happening in the story or illustrations when your child wants to. Join in Step 4. Now for the eyes.Take the 2 in. X 2 in. square paper and fold in half. Draw a long upside down “U” shape like in photo F. Keep the paper folded and cut the “U” shape out (see picture G). You should now have 2 pieces of “U” shaped paper. Now, let’s do the same steps again to create the smaller crab. All you have to do is cut the leftover colored paper, only smaller sizes this time. You can make the pieces about 1 inch smaller than the big crab or even smaller if you’d like. When you get to Step 7, try drawing the eyes at a different spot than your big crab so they can look at each other or at different places.When children become familiar with the story encourage children to join in for example with the sound effects on their journey to the sea ‘tic-a-tac,’ ‘splish-splash,’ ‘squelch-squelch’ and the ‘whoosh’ of the waves. Talk about the book Cut pieces of your colored paper to sizes below. Save the scraps for the Little Crab later; you’ll need the same colored paper. Take one of the .75 in. x 4 in. papers and fold each one into a “V” shape (see picture E). Do the same to the other piece. Set aside.
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simple, colorful way to talk about feelings with our littles and how sometimes things are not as we thought. I hope you’ll enjoy the process of making this craft and have fun with the end sheets of 8.5 x 11 colored paper in different colors. Suggestions would be fuchsia, violet, purple, yellow and orange.There are lots of words about size in the story – little, big, bigger, huge, enormous – talk about these words – Very Big Crab is bigger than Little Crab, you are bigger than your baby brother, the waves were enormous an elephant is huge etc Hope you enjoyed this craft activity. I hope that you and a loved one can do it together and use it to talk about feelings during these unprecedented times. Even though some new things could be scary at first, if you keep giving it a try, you might find new and exciting ways to have an adventure. From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.
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Chris Haughton is the creator of many acclaimed picture books, including Little Owl Lost; Oh No, George!; Shh! We Have a Plan; and Goodnight Everyone. He has taught many courses in design and illustration around the world, and in 2007 was named one of Time magazine’s DESIGN 100 for his work for Fair Trade and People Tree. Originally from Dublin, Chris Haughton now lives in London. Look again at the bright colours in the undersea illustrations. Give your child a large piece of paper and some brightly coloured paint or crayons. If using paint, your child could help you mix oranges and greens. Then suggest they make their own colourful under the sea picture. Make a huge towerWhen Little Crab and Very Big Crab first set out from their tide pool, headed to the ocean, Little Crab is full of confidence. “I can go anywhere!” There are more waves. There is more holding tight. There is more whoosh and swoop and hurtling. But Very Big Crab tells Little Crab that they’re together. That it will be OK.