When packing for our beach trip, I made sure to toss in a few crafty supplies. One of my plans was to help my son create a handprint crab as a souvenir. It turned out to be a great family activity one afternoon when he was wearing down from the sun and water. The 3 of us returned to the house ahead of the others to make the crab:
Afterwards, we handed him a fresh sheet of paper, the brush and a small plate with additional paints on it so he could make his own masterpiece. The simple fun of painting was exactly the calm, relaxing activity he needed.
- Watercolor paper
- Acrylic paint
- Googly eyes
- Glue dots
- Micron black pen
Step 1 Paint the palm of one hand with red paint. Press to the paper to create a print. Clean off hand with a quick wash or a baby wipe.
Step 2 Paint the other hand. Press to paper to create a mirror image print. Set aside to dry and wash both hands.
Step 3 Once the handprints are dry, use glue dots to attach googly eyes to the ends of the thumbprints. This will create the crab’s eyes.
Step 4 Use a pen to draw a mouth.
Step 5 (Optional) If you want to add an extra beachy touch, use a paint brush to spread some glue on the paper below the crab. Sprinkle on a bit of sand and let dry.
Enjoy your fun handprint crab!