Crab Craft

Kids can get a bit crabby (pun intended) when it’s time to take a break from outside summer fun, but this little crab is sure to be a hit while cooling down inside.


Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Red Paint
  • Red construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes


The prep work on this little crab is supper easy. Start by cutting out the middle circle from the paper plate. Next, cut out six “legs” and two “claws”. If your child is preschool age or older, you can just draw the shapes and they can cut them out their selves.


Let your little one glue on the legs and the claws to one side of the paper plate circle. After that is done, let it dry for at least 20 minutes. It will still be wet at that point, but if you do not want to wait for it to dry completely, it will be fine. We had plans today, so we wanted to do something that could be done before we left. Once you are ready to come back to the crab, flip it over and let your child paint it! When the paint is dry, help your little one add googly eyes.





17 responses to “Crab Craft”

  1. Lol! My kids know all about being crabby. We’ll have to give this one a try this week!

    1. I hope your little crabs enjoy it as much as mine did!

  2. This is the perfect craft for my small toddlers!! Not too difficult for me and super straight forward for them. Plus easy clean up! I love it.

    1. We love easy clean up in our house!

  3. This is so simple and cute! Maybe I can use it as a reminder to them not to be crabby when they see it!

    1. That’s a cute way to keep the crabby away!

  4. This looks fun! I’m sure my 3-year-old would enjoy doing this. I enjoy your blog! I love how simple and easy your crafts are.

    1. Thank you! My goal is to come up with things that are simple enough for every family with little ones to enjoy.

  5. Ohh this is adorable! I loved craft time when I was a kid (well I still do lol)… I will save this for my mom friends 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  6. What a fun craft idea for preschool. I bet my kids would love doing this!

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    Caroline Brandt

    Aw what an adorable craft! And what perfect timing for July Cancer Crabs! -Tonya Tardiff

  8. Aww such an adorable craft to do on a hot summer day! I love it! I’ll definitely do this with my little boy!

  9. This is such an amazing craft for little ones. I know that mine get so bored and this would be so great for them to stay busy!

  10. This is a cute arts and craft idea for the kids. It definitely is an easy little project for little ones to do.

  11. That’s a pretty darn cool crab craft. I’m pretty darn sure my daughter would have loved this. It’s pretty cute.

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