Crazy Crab – Summer Crafts

Crazy Crab - Summer Crafts

These Crazy Crabs are made using recycled paper bowls and bendy drinking straws. Suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started:

Crazy Crab - Summer Crafts

Art materials you will need:

Instructions for your Crazy Crabs:

  1. To begin, carefully cut away the edges from the two paper bowls.
  2. Push four holes into each side of one of the bowls with a pencil. These will be the leg holes. In the other bowl, push two holes in the bottom of the bowl for the antennae, and one hole each side for the ‘arms’.
  3. Cut off the top part of eight drinking straws (the bendy end!) and push them through the leg holes and tape them on the inside of the bowl.
  4. Push two straight pieces of straw through the top of the other bowl to make the antennae, and tape them on the inside. Tape two straws to make each of the arms. Push them through the holes and tape to the inside of the bowl. Glue the two bowls together to form the crab shape.
  5. Mix some PVA glue with water and brush it over the crab. Add a layer of torn up kitchen paper towel to the crab to give it a crusty shell and leave to dry. Glue on pincers and eyes cut from craft foam or card.
  6. Paint the crab with yellow paint and add texture by sponging with orange paint.

We would love to see how you get on! Send us pictures of your masterpieces on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and don’t forget to use the hashtag #explorewithEYR.


This great project has been designed by Kate Tompsett and supplied by Creative Steps. Each issue of Creative Steps Magazine contains dozens of inspiring ideas and fun crafts to help you encourage learning through creative play. Ideal for everyone caring for young children. Get an exclusive 20% discounton an annual subscription with Creative Steps by using promo code EYRCRE20at: www.creativesteps.co.uk.

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