Instructions and Suggestions
> Letter C >
C is for Crab or Cr blend
Ocean | Seashore > Crab
Colors > Orange or red
Printable Crab Craft
Holidays & Events >
*April > Int'l Week of the Ocean
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
Seasons > Summer > Beach theme
Ages 2.5 + to 6 Level:
Preschool - Kindergarten
The crab is an interesting animal to introduce a seashore (coastline) animal and various other skills.
The activities are appropriate for an Ocean Creatures, Seashore or Aquarium Theme.
Before presenting the craft, visit the crab theme lesson plan activities to incorporate information about crabs, an online story and other resources.
Activity #1: Crab Craft Ages 2.5+ (Easy 6 pieces)
Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to the crab. Crabs live along coastlines in cracks and under plants in tide pools, or in burrows in sand. (more information here).
Review your options for printing and assembly of the craft that best meets your needs. Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Print craft color template #1 & #2 cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2: Print templates black and white #1 & 2. Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed as above. View some real crab images here and encourage children to personalize the body (carapace) with designs.
Option 3: Print black & white template directly on red or orange card stock or construction paper.
Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1. For a permanent educational display piece: trace and cut pieces on fun foam (Foamies), add features with permanent fine tip markers and large wiggly eyes
2. Replace paper eyes with large craft wiggly eyes for the paper craft.
3. Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back of head to use as decoration or educational display piece.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose learning activities according to your curriculum needs and children's age.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the color on the
template pieces (after coloring) or if using the color template.
Ask the to name other objects that could be in that color.
*Glue or glue stick
To view updates to these activities visit: http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/ocean/crab1.htm