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Paper Plate Crab Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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One of the things our kids enjoyed doing while hanging out at the beach was digging for little crabs! They’re so cute and even if they try to pinch you, they don’t hurt.

If your kiddos love crabs and the beach, they’ll have fun making this paper plate crab craft!

This is a simple ocean craft for kids that won’t require any special supplies.

Watch our quick video tutorial to see how we made this craft, then be sure to download the free printable template!

Crab Craft For Kids

paper plate crab craft image collage with the words paper plate crab in the middle

Supplies

  • Paper plate
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Crab template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the crab template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

Paint a paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of red paint. Let dry completely before moving on.

hand painting paper plate red

Place the crab body template in the middle of the paper plate, trace, and cut it out.

hand tracing crab body template on red paper plate

Glue the eyeballs to the eye stalks, then arrange them in the middle, top of the crab body. Flip the paper plate over and tape the eyes in place.

hand gluing eyes to eye stalks of paper plate crab
hand taping eyes onto paper plate crab

Position the crab’s claws on each side of the body, towards the top of the shell. Flip over and tape them in place.

hand taping claws onto paper plate crab

Place the upward curved leg below the claw, followed by the other two legs. Tape them to the back of the paper plate to secure them.

hand taping legs onto paper plate crab

Finish off the crab by using a black marker to draw on a smile in the top, middle of the crab shell.

hand drawing mouth on paper plate craft

Isn’t this crab a little cutie?! It’s a perfect activity after going to the beach or just when your child is learning about ocean animals.

hand holding paper plate crab craft

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!

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!

2 paper plate crab crafts

For some more ocean crafts, try out some of our favorite picks:

paper plate crab craft

This ocean sensory bin is great for when you want something done for you. If you prefer the DIY route, try out this frozen ocean sensory bin.

Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!

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hand holding paper plate crab craft

Paper Plate Crab Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper plate crab is a great beach craft for kids!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Crab template

Instructions

  1. Download the crab template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Paint a paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of red paint. Let dry completely before moving on.
  3. Place the crab body template in the middle of the paper plate, trace, and cut it out.
  4. Glue the eyeballs to the eye stalks, then arrange them in the middle, top of the crab body. Flip the paper plate over and tape the eyes in place.
  5. Position the crab's claws on each side of the body, towards the top of the shell. Flip over and tape them in place.
  6. Place the upward curved leg below the claw, followed by the other two legs. Tape them to the back of the paper plate to secure them.
  7. Finish off the crab by using a black marker to draw on a smile in the top, middle of the crab shell.

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