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Hand and Foot Print Crab

Making a crab with your child is a great way to expand your child's knowledge about ocean animals in a fun way. Not to mention your will be creating an adorable creature with your child's handprints!

Materials Needed

Hand and Foot Print Crab

Difficulty Level: Medium

Time Needed: 15 Minutes + Dry Time

Best done: Indoors

Messy level: Medium

Handprint Crab

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper: White and Red

  • Non-toxic Red paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Child-safe scissors 

  • Googly Eyes

  • Non-toxic Glue

Let's Create!

  • Paint one of your child’s feet red excluding the toes (hand also works if you prefer). Have them stamp in down firmly in the middle of the white page. Fill in any gaps with red paint.

  • Then paint the fingers on both hands red. Press firmly down on the bottom of the foot (to create the legs). Paint the pointer fingers red again and press firmly on the top portion of the foot (for the eyes).

  • Glue googly eyes on top of the two pointer fingers.

  • Paint thumbs red and press down coming out the top sides of the crab.


  • Cut out two equally sized circles from the red construction paper. Cut a small wedge out of each (claws)


  • Finally, attach the claws to the thick lines.

  • Done! 

Red circle with wedge cut out

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