I also have two boys moving at the end of this year, so they were able to share all about that with the class as well.
The other thing my children pick up on in this book is that it follows the hermit crab through the months of the year. My class loves the Macarena Months song, so we sang this after we read the book.
We didn't have time for much of a craft, but during free choice time, I made some shells and had lots of sea stickers and blue paper to cut like water, so the children got creative!
Sometimes I divide the name sticks in half, and we play one round where half get to guess and half get to be the crab, then later, we switch, so that everyone has a chance to do both.
When the crab was under the "shell" and we were ready for our guesser to come out, we all sang, "The crab is in the shell. The crab is in the shell. Hi ho the derry-o, the crab is in the shell." That just happened. Not planned. But so precious!
This is a very versatile game. We also like to play it around Christmas- when the person under the blanket is the present, and we say, "The present is wrapped!"
The first time we played it, I got under the blanket as the last child guessed. The kids said, "This is a HUGE present." Well... I wasn't thrilled to be HUGE, but it was funny!
This is one of my favorite creations of the year that I use all the time. I just hot glued one plastic cup inside a larger clear plastic cup.
After I draw a name stick, I put the used name sticks on the outside part, so I know that name has been called. Cheap, easy, and really useful!