Most kids love going to the beach, and with good reason! The sand, the waves, and the sun are all a lot of fun.
But sometimes it’s just not possible to go to the beach. That’s where this 3D crab craft comes in handy!
This activity is perfect for bringing the beach to your house. It’s easy to make with just a few simple supplies like paper, scissors, and glue.
Your little one will have a blast making this cute crab craft! Download the free template and make it this summer!
Also, be sure to check out all of our fun ocean crafts for kids for more ideas.
3D Paper Crab Craft
- Colored cardstock
- Crab template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the crab template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin to make the crab by gluing the eye stalks to the back and top of the circle body.
Take the claws and glue them on either side of the body, on the backside.
Next, glue 3 legs to each side of the back of the body, underneath the claw. Repeat for the other side.
Place the crab onto a colored piece of paper and glue it in the middle.
Create the 3D belly of the crab by taking one of the strips of paper. Fold about 1/2 an inch of one end, put glue on it, and glue it to one end of the circle body. Lightly pull the stip to the opposite side of the circle, measure how much you need to fold over the other side, do that, then glue it down. Repeat this process until the belly is as full as you want it.
That’s it! This is a fun and unique craft kids will enjoy!
Ocean Ideas For Kids
Are you looking for some entertaining and educational activities for your children? Why not make a unit with an ocean theme? You’ll have everything planned out in no time with these fun ideas.
Ocean Books For Kids
There are many benefits to reading aloud to kids, and the most important one is that it is a great way for them to learn and engage with new ideas and concepts.
Not only does reading help to expand children’s imaginations and encourage creative thinking, but it also exposes them to new vocabulary words and helps to develop their language skills.
Try adding some of these ocean books to your unit study:
The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!
Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.
The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!
Ocean Crafts For Kids
Crafting is a great activity for young kids for so many reasons! It helps to develop fine motor skills, creative thinking, and concentration. It can also be a lot of fun!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafting, so kids can really let their imaginations run wild. And it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends.
Keep the fun and learning going with these other fun ocean crafts:
Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft – What’s not to love about looking at jellyfish? They’re colorful, unique, and just plain fun to look at. And thanks to this easy paper plate craft, you can bring a bit of the underwater world into your own home!
Shark Headband Craft – Looking for a cool way to celebrate shark week? Look no further than this simple shark headband craft! Kids of all ages will love creating this fun and easy accessory, which can be constructed from paper or colored in.
Octopus Paper Bag Puppet – This octopus craft is perfect for kids! It’s a fun way to imagine and play, and it’s also a great way to learn about ocean life.
Paper Plate Fish Craft – Perfect for a tropical summer day, this fish craft is a fun way to get creative and enjoy a little bit of the ocean at home.
Ocean Activities For Kids
Ocean pattern block mats are a great way for kids to learn about shapes and critical thinking. With these mats, kids can use different shaped blocks to fill in the designs. As they play, they will learn how to identify various shapes and figure out how to put them together to create a design. This type of play is critical for children’s development, and it’s also a lot of fun!
Are you looking for a fun way to teach your preschooler about ocean animals? Then look no further than this ocean matching game! This game can be ready in just a few minutes and it is perfect for young kids.
This ocean playdough kit is packed full of all sorts of sensory materials which are perfect for engaging little hands in creative explorations. Whether you use it at home or in the classroom, the playdough kit provides tons of opportunities for kids to get up close and personal with the amazing creatures that call the ocean home.
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More Summer Activities
- Colored cardstock
- Crab template
- Download the crab template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin to make the crab by gluing the eye stalks to the back and top of the circle body.
- Take the claws and glue them on either side of the body, on the backside.
- Next, glue 3 legs to each side of the back of the body, underneath the claw. Repeat for the other side.
- Place the crab onto a colored piece of paper and glue it in the middle.
- Create the 3D belly of the crab by taking one of the strips of paper. Fold about 1/2 an inch of one end, put glue on it, and glue it to one end of the circle body. Lightly pull the stip to the opposite side of the circle, measure how much you need to fold over the other side, do that, then glue it down. Repeat this process until the belly is as full as you want it.