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
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
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Print craft color template #1 &
#2 cut out,
conduct learning activities below and
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
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
2. Replace paper eyes with large craft wiggly eyes for the paper
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
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.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Counting, sequence and recognizingnumerals 1 to 8:
Counting the Crabs legs: Suggestion: Write large numbers in the
legs of the crab from number one to number eight in sequence from the
left set of legs to the right set. Count them together.
Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image
provided in the template to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and if necessary make a demonstration to aid them in positioning the pieces. After
completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while
conducting some of the activities below.
Printable Crab Craft (6 pieces)
*Glue or glue stick
Black & White
C Crab printable activities
*paper or card stock
*materials to color with