After you read The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, consider making your own preschool cricket craft like you see below. It is such a fun way to enjoy the story further.
Make a Footprint Preschool Cricket Craft
In The Very Quiet Cricket we meet a tiny little cricket just entering the world. He is anxious to explore and chirp like the other crickets he meets. But when he tries, nothing happens! It’s a fun story about patience and growing up, and teaches kids that when the time is right, good things happen!
Here is what you will need to make your own footprint cricket craft:
You can find most of these items at your local Dollar Store, or you may already have most of them in your craft stash! That makes this an easy craft to do even on a whim! Now, let’s get crafting and make footprint crickets.
Directions for a preschool cricket craft:
Begin by painting the child’s foot with green craft paint. Just brush it on and prepare for tons of giggles as this part WILL tickle!
While the paint is still damp, press the painted foot to the white paper. Hold it in place and press firmly so you can be sure the print sticks. Slowly remove. Have wet wipes on hand so you can wipe away any paint before it has the chance to get on clean surfaces.
Allow the footprint to dry. This might be a good time to explore the book again!
Once the print is dry, use your paint brush and the green paint to make some legs and wings on the cricket. These can just be easy sweeps of the paint brush and don’t need to be perfect.
Finish the cricket by adding some googly eyes. Just add a dab of glue to the back of the eyes and press them to the face of the cricket.
Once everything is dry, your footprint cricket craft can be displayed! Hang it up for others to see and enjoy, or use it to make up your own story about a very quiet, or very loud cricket!
Head to the library and check out The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, then dive into your craft stash and give this simple (and ticklish!) preschool cricket craft a try.