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Handy Craft

Updated on July 18, 2013

Crabby on the water


Craft that will exceed expectations

You have thirty minutes and you want to do something crafty with your child. Well then I have the perfect craft for you. This was actually done by a two year old I was hanging out with and it is quite adorable.I try to incorporate art worthy crafts with something parents will want to keep for awhile. Most parents do hand prints when their babies are born but as the years go on the hands get bigger and this is just one way to commemorate that and have fun doing it. This is what you will need :

1 sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 white construction paper

any color washable inkpad

colored construction or card stock paper

a couple decorative mediums(we used fake flowers and star stickers). This could be stickers, beads, sand, crayons or whatever you have lying around that you want to use.

2 eyes


1. Take your child's hands and ink both of them really well. Then with thumbs up side by side , but fingers facing away from each other place hands in the middle of white construction paper. Please see picture. This will give you the body and legs for the crab.

2. Glue on eyes to the top of the thumbs. 3. Depending on age this next part is up to you. You may choose to let your child paint an ocean around the crab and make a picture around the crab or go on to step 3.

mosaic pieces


Step 3

3. I made an ocean looking trail with glue under the crab so he would be on top of the water when we were done. Then I took pieces of light and dark bluepaper and tore them up in mosaic size square pieces and the little girl put them on the paper where she wanted them. It really gives it a nice flare with the two different colors. additionally you could try brown and green and have a mountain look or a grass look like hermit crabs. After about 15 minutes we had the glue fully covered so we added our decorations of stars and flowers with glue. See above picture.

4. Allow about 2.5 hours for it to fully dry. Then displaying is up to you. In the picture It is hanging on her door so we added holes and string.

What you have when you are done is a beautiful well crafted project that is both fun and easy. You'll have your childs handprint and they will remember having fun with mom or dad. There are so many different medium choices it is virtually endless where you can take this. The crab in the picture is in the water probably hawaiian with the flowers, but you could put crabby on a mountain or a beach. That would be really cool if you had some beach sand and you glued it to the picture. If you didnt want to tear paper you could use buttons.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the craft and til we meet again happy kid crafting.


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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      This may be something HJ and I will do next week. Nice idea.