Cool down after a hot summer day at the beach with this crustacean craft. Your kindergartener will have a blast developing his fine motor skills and working on shape recognition while making a bright and cheery crab decoration fit for any window or ocean scene. All you need are a few basic art supplies and a little time.
What You Do:
- Have your kindergartener paint the entire back of the paper plate red. Set aside to dry.
- Help your child cut out eight triangles for the crab’s legs. Draw two claw shapes on red paper and help your child cut those out as well.
- Let your little one glue the legs and claws to either side of the plate. How many legs does the crab have? Count them together. A crab’s legs serve different purposes: six legs are for walking, two are for swimming, and the claws are for eating.
- Draw two rectangles for your child to cut out. These will be the stalks for the crab’s eyes. Make the rectangles roughly the width of the google eyes. Talk about the shapes as you draw and cut them out. How many sides do the triangles have? What about the rectangles? Count the sides together as your child cuts them out.
- Have your kindergartener glue each rectangle to the top of the plate. Have him glue one google eye to the top of each rectangle. The final product is a charming crab craft—perfect for summer!
Look at pictures of crabs, or if you can, visit a beach or aquarium. Are crabs hard or soft? If possible, find a crab in a tide pool for your child to gently touch. Crabs are hard because they have an “exoskeleton,” an exterior skeleton, or shell, to protect them. What other animals have hard shells for protection?