Florida Blue Crab Handprint

Handprint Blue Crab Project

Preschoolers, and even toddlers, will love making this adorable Florida Blue Crab Handprint craft. This activity is simple, uses very few supplies, and even older kids can get in on the fun. What child doesn’t like to paint with their hands?


Female blue crabs mate only once in their lifetime but may produce as many as 2 million eggs and have an estimated lifespan of three years.  The blue crab can be found from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico and sometimes as far south as Argentina and Uruguay. Source: Coastal Living: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blue Crabs

  1. Spread newspaper over the work area.
  2. Paint inside of both hands, including thumbs and fingers, with blue paint.
  3. Make two prints with hands pointing in opposite directions and heels of palms slightly overlapping (thumbs pointing down).
  4. Dip tip of finger in orange paint and draw two “stalks” (for eyes) extending from the palm area.
  5. Print a dot at the end of each stalk and add an eye inside each dot with black maker.
  6. Dip pad of thumb in orange paint and make a print at the end of each thumb print for claws.
  7. Draw a smile with a black marker.

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