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Easy & Fun Handprint Crab Craft For Kids

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Lately we’ve been all about the handprint art and crafts for kids. 

If you haven’t seen all the newest handprint crafts we’ve come up with, you’ll have to check them out and save them for later! 

Over the past few weeks we’ve made a pirate craft, a flamingo craft, an alien craft and several others! 

Today we’re continuing on with the ocean themed crafts and we’re showing you how to make this easy handprint crab craft.

It’s a fun ocean craft for kids that’s simple and quick to make!

Crab Handprint Craft Idea

Supplies

  • Red card stock
  • White card stock
  • Large goggly eyes (we used 1″ eyes)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Pencil 
  • Glue stick
  • 2″ circle punch (optional)

How To Make A Paper Crab

Trace your child’s hand on the red card stock two times. Cut out each handprint. 

Cut out two 2″ circle with the scissors or circle punch. Cut out a small triangle shape from the circle to create the crab claws. 

Begin to assemble the crab by positioning the two handprints with thumbs pointed up and fingers pointed outward. Slightly overlap the palms and glue in place. 

Using the white card stock, draw a crescent shape for the crab’s smile. Use the black marker to draw a smile line across the white crescent. Cut out the smile and set aside for later. 

Glue the crab’s smile in the center of the two handprints.

Secure the two crab claws on by gluing them to the pointer finger of each hand. 

Glue the googly eyes onto both of the thumbs. 

You’re done! 

My kids and I loved making these cute little handprint crabs and I’m betting yours will too. 

How To Make This Craft Last Longer

This craft is a short and sweet one which tons of people love.

If you’re making this over the summer and you want it to occupy more of your kids’ time, don’t worry, we have suggestions! 

First, I would have your child do the entire craft with as little help as possible. Let them cut out all the pieces themselves, draw on the smile and glue it all together. 

2 handprint crab crafts

Second, create a scene for the crab to live on. We’d suggest grabbing some tan and blue card stock to make a beach scene, then gluing the crab on top of it. 

You can also have your kids add wave details to the water, some clouds and the sun in the sky.

To give it even more of a beachy feel, you can let them use glue and add some sand to the tan card stock. This will make it 3D, with a fun sensory aspect to it. 

When Should I Use This Crab Craft?

This handprint craft is great for lots of different themes! 

This simple art project is great when your child is learning the alphabet. It works perfectly for letter of the week, C is for crab studies. 

It’s also fun to do when you’re teaching children using an ocean or under the sea themed activities, or even during summer time! 

What Age Is This Craft Appropriate For?

Depending on how much adult assistance you have available, this craft could work anywhere from toddlers all the way to elementary aged children.

We’d say for a child to do this activity entirely on their own, the target age would be around 6 years old.

If you’re doing this craft with your child at home, you can easily help them with any steps they won’t be able to do on their own. 

Show Us Your Finished Crab

If you make this crab craft at home or in your classroom, we’d love to see your share it to our Facebook page. 

We love seeing all the fun things your kids are making! 

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Easy & Fun Handprint Crab Craft For Kids

Easy & Fun Handprint Crab Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this easy handprint crab paper craft with the kids this summer!

Materials

  • Red card stock
  • White card stock
  • Large goggly eyes (we used 1" eyes)
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Pencil 
  • Glue stick
  • 2" circle punch (optional)

Instructions

  1. Trace your child's hand on the red card stock two times. Cut out each handprint. 
  2. Using the white card stock, draw a crescent shape for the crab's smile. Use the black marker to draw a smile line across the white crescent. Cut out the smile and set aside for later. 
  3. Cut out two 2" circle with the scissors or circle punch. Cut out a small triangle shape from the circle to create the crab claws. 
  4. Begin to assemble the crab by positioning the two handprints with thumbs pointed up and fingers pointed outward. Slightly overlap the palms and glue in place. 
  5. Glue the crab's smile in the center of the two handprints.
  6. Secure the two crab claws on by gluing them to the pointer finger of each hand. 
  7. Glue the googly eyes onto both of the thumbs. 

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