Virtual Book Club for Kids: The Very Quiet Cricket

Poor little cricket.  He makes no sound when he rubs his wings together, like the other crickets. He goes around greeting all of the other insects, trying to say hello, but he can’t.  Until he meets one very special girl.

We are pleased to be taking part in the Virtual Book Club for Kids, hosted by  Toddler Approved and The Educator’s Spin On It.  This month’s book is The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle.

After reading the story, we did activities designed to appeal to my 8, 6 and 3 year olds.  First, we went to a local pet store and observed their collection of live crickets.  Our main observation: These crickets were not at all quiet.  For less than a dollar, we purchased three large crickets. I asked the clerk to put one cricket in each of these three clear-topped containers so the kids could each closely observe a cricket.

 We all observed the crickets wings, legs and antennae. But they were pretty quiet and still inside the containers.

My 8 year old was curious about more detail of the cricket’s anatomy, so we used our Field Guide to Insects to learn more.  We also found a great diagram of a cricket.

The Very Quiet Cricket is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about many other types of insects.  Throughout the story, the little cricket encounters:  a praying mantis, a worm, a spittlebug, a cicada, a bumblebee, a dragonfly, a mosquito and a luna moth.  We looked up as many of these as we could find in our field guide and learned about how they move, what they eat, what noises they make.  The kids then spent a good long time pretending to be these various insects.

After observing the live crickets for a couple of hours, we released them in our yard. This gave us a chance to see how very fast and very far a cricket can go in just one hop.

Since we didn’t hear much chirping from our crickets, outside of the pet store,   we found a few YouTube videos that showed crickets rubbing their wings together and making their signature chirping sound.

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Comments

  1. What a great idea to pop along to the pet shop and get a cricket to look at. I think we will extend our activity and go and have a look for some.

  2. I would have never thought to get real crickets. The kids must have loved this!

  3. I love that you got live ones to study! We looked for one that we heard, but he was too good at hiding! I’ll have to remember this next time we need a bug to study! Pet shop!

  4. Love this hands on observation of crickets. Great way to connect science and literacy! I love the new look of your blog! Did you design it yourself?

  5. That is so cool that you found actual crickets. i don’t know where we’d go to look for them in the UK. I think you find them occasionally in fields but I’d hate to take Goblin on a cricket hunt and not find any.

  6. Real life Crickets ????
    I am scared !!!!
    But really, this is a VERY GOOD hands on activity to go with the book.
    Eric Carle’s illustration is also very natural and real. Just like a real life cricket.
    I hope I can be this brave to touch a cricket. *ugh*

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