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Handprint Crab

Simple Handprint Crab Craft for Kids

September 15, 2011 Sarah Coggins
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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:

Handprint 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!


  • Bonnie September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    This is so cute and a wonderful momento of your beach trip!
  • April September 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm
    I absolutely LOVE this idea. SO very cute. I bet Dylan had a blast making it. :)
  • emily September 17, 2011 at 9:44 am
    Love it:)
  • Sandra Collins September 19, 2011 at 6:22 am
    this is just too cute!
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