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Easy & Fun Handprint Crab Craft For Kids (Free Printable Template)

Kids love the ocean! It’s a vast and mysterious place full of creatures that are both strange and wonderful. It’s no wonder that they’re drawn to it.

Whether they’re watching documentaries about the ocean or playing in the waves at the beach, kids can’t help but be fascinated by its mysteries.

That fascination extends to the animals that live within it, including crabs. These creatures have adapted to life in a wide variety of environments and can be found all over the world. They’re interesting to look at and even more fun to make.

This handprint crab craft is perfect for kids of all ages.

It’s easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of supplies. All you need is some paper, paint, and googly eyes. Kids will love creating this project and they’ll be proud to display it when they’re finished. Make it this summertime!

Also, be sure to check out all of our ocean crafts for kids for more projects!

Crab Handprint Craft Idea

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Supplies

How To Make A Crab Handprint Craft

Start by downloading the crab template and printing it out. Once you have the template printed, gather the materials needed for this fun activity. Get those scissors ready, and let’s help the kids bring this crab to life!

Hand holding Crab Handprint Craft template

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

Hand gluing the two cut out hand together of Crab Handprint Craft

Next, guide your child to secure the two crab claws by gluing them to the pointer finger of each hand. 

Hand gluing the crab claws of Crab Handprint Craft

Now, help your child glue the eyes onto both of the thumbs.

Hand gluing the eyes of Crab Handprint Craft

Position the mouth to the center of the two handprints and glue it in place.

Hand gluing the mouth of Crab Handprint Craft

Place and glue the tongue on the lower part of the mouth.

Hand gluing the tongue of Crab Handprint Craft

Finally, encourage your child to glue the cheeks on each side of the mouth.

Hand gluing the cheeks of Crab Handprint Craft

Be sure to check out our handprint crafts for kids while you’re here! Your kids will love creating more fun DIYs like this one!

Hand holding finished example of Crab Handprint Craft

Ocean Unit For Kids

Once you’re done with this crab DIY, be sure to check out our other ocean-themed activities. We’ve got everything you need to create an ocean unit for kids in no time flat. From coloring pages to activities, we’ve got you covered. So dive on in and explore the amazing world of the ocean with your kids today!

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Summer Book Ideas For Kids

Reading aloud to children is a great way to encourage their love of reading and literacy. But did you know that it also has a host of other benefits? It can help improve their vocabulary, comprehension, and listening skills.

It can also help them learn about new concepts, build their attention span, and improve their memory. So next time you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your little ones, consider reading them a story. You might just be surprised at how much they enjoy it!

Try out some of these popular ocean books:

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!

Hand holding finished example of Crab Handprint Craft

Kids’ Under The Sea Activities

Iyou’re looking for an activity that is both fun and educational, creating something is a great option. Make these awesome ocean DIYs:

Handprint Jellyfish Craft – This jellyfish idea is a fun and easy activity for kids of all ages. It’s perfect for a summer day or for any time you want to bring a little bit of the ocean into your home. You only need a few supplies to make this adorable handprint jellyfish, so let’s get started!

Paper Plate Fish Craft – If your kids love bright and colorful projects, this one is for them. This simple idea is sure to bring lots of enjoyment – not to mention, it makes for a great decoration too. Hang them up in your child’s room, or use them as party decorations for an underwater-themed birthday!

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Octopus Handprint Craft – This octopus is a fun activity that helps kids practice their fine motor skills. All you need is some paper, scissors, and glue, and your kids will have a blast making their own octopus friend.

Humpback Whale Puppet Craft – Our downloadable template makes this project a breeze. Your little one will love putting together their lovable whale puppet. Let your child’s imagination take the lead, and watch them bring their creations to life with a whale puppet show!

Ocean Activities For Kids

These ocean pattern block mats are a great activity for kids. They help to refine their fine motor skills and learn shapes. The activity also helps to develop hand-eye coordination. The best part about ocean pattern block mats is that they can be used over and over again.

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Kids will love these color by number ocean animal printables! This activity is a great way to help them learn about colors and numbers while having fun. There are seven different printables to choose from, each with a different scene. They will love seeing their finished creation come to life.

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Our jellyfish worksheets help put a fun twist on learning! Kids can practice recognizing and writing the letter J while learning more about jellyfish. These worksheets are the perfect no-prep activity to keep kids entertained while learning something new.

Finished example of Crab Handprint Craft

These ocean cutting practice worksheets are great for developing fine motor skills and practicing scissors skills. Your little learners will have so much fun cutting along the different dotted lines to complete each worksheet! Just print, cut, and let the learning begin!

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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

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Crab template

Instructions

  1. Download the crab template, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by assembling the crab by positioning the two handprints with thumbs pointed up and fingers pointed outward. Slightly overlap the palms and glue them in place.
  3. Next, secure the two crab claws by gluing them to the pointer finger of each hand. 
  4. Now, glue the eyes onto both of the thumbs.
  5. Position the mouth to the center of the two handprints and glue it in place.
  6. Place and glue the tongue on the lower part of the mouth.
  7. Finish off by gluing the cheeks on each side of the mouth.

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tupou

Tuesday 18th of June 2024

i would like this craft to do with my kids

Sam

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

This is one of the few crafts that doesn't have a template, but it does give an explanation in the directions section ◡̈

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