We have been busy making ocean/beach crafts lately and made this Handprint Crab to go along with the theme. We also added a cute song about crabs for my son to sing. The title got cut off by my scanner, but it's called Cranky Crabs. I would have printed it, but m printer ran out of ink! It's perfect for my son because he loves the 5 Little Monkeys song and this one is sung the same way. Here is how the song goes except when I wrote it on our craft, I wrote the numbers on instead of the words to make it easier for my son to remember/pretend to read it himself:
Five cranky crabs were digging on the shore.
One swam into a net and then there were four.
Four cranky crabs were floating in the sea.
One got tangled up in seaweed, then there were three.
Three cranky crabs were wondering what to do.
One dug a deep, deep hole, then there were two.
Two cranky crabs were warming in the sun.
One got scooped up in a cup, then there was one.
One cranky crab was smarter than his friends.
He hid between the jagged rocks,
That's how the story ends!
To make the Handprint Crab:
- On a plain piece of paper, draw a line horizontally- the top will be the sky/ocean and the bottom will be the sandy beach.
- Use blue watercolor to paint the top section. If you don't have watercolors, you can always water down regular blue paint.
- To make the sandy beach, you will need a sponge. Dip the sponge in brown paint and dab off the excess paint on a different sheet of paper. Have the child lightly blot the sponge on the bottom part of the page. Repeat with a tan color.
- Next, paint one hand with red paint and press it in the center and so it overlaps both the water and the sand.
- Paint the other hand red and press it down so it slightly overlaps te palm area of the other handprint.
- Paint on red claws.
- When it dreis, use white thumbprints to make the eyes. Paint on a white mouth- I drew it in with pencil first.
- When that, dries, use the pinky finger to make the black part of each eye.
- To finish, outline the mouth and claws black (optional) and write or print the song.
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