Under the Sea Kids Craft: Crab

Make this crab craft out of everyday household materials. With a great book, a trip to your local Aquarium, or an educational Web site; this craft can be an excellent learning opportunity as well.

Classified: Easy and is great for preschool-Kindergarten!

What you need:
  • Red and black paint
  • Paper Plate
  • White paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • White Pom-poms
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What to do:
1. Discuss what a crab is, and how many arms and legs it has in total (10- two being pincers). What colors can crabs be? There are more than just red! Read a book on crabs or visit an educational Website or take a trip to your local Aquarium.
2. Paint the paper plates and Popsicle sticks red. I would suggest dessert plates, however, dinner ones can be trimmed down to size. Set aside to dry.
3.  Paint and print your child's index finger 8 times onto white paper to make the crab's 8 of 10 legs.

4. Paint the pinkie side of your child's hand and print that as well. (Print each hand once.)

5. Allow all parts to dry and cut out.
6. Using your child's finger tip, add eyeballs to the white pom-poms.
7. We discussed how our crabs are feeling before we made the mouth. Are they crabby? Happy? Confused? Excited! Have your preschooler tell you how the crab is feeling and have them mold the mouth accordingly.

8. Glue the pincer claws to the Popsicle sticks and all the other parts together and dry according to the finished photo above.

Suggested Books:
One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab Big Book: A Counting by Feet BookClumsy Crab

Suggested Website: Kids Konnect- facts about crabs
Here is a great Science Web site from General Science

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  1. FUN! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Such a great idea, and so cute! I'm following from the Bee Friendly hop. Come visit me back!

    Michelle @ Things Sent My Way

  3. These little guys sure made me smile! They are adorable!

    Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Cute! Cute! Cute!
    Will be making some as well.


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