Do your kids love puppet crafts? We have a cute paper crab craft puppet to add to your fun this summer!
This crab puppet craft is a cute DIY toy you can make with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school kids. Our crab craft’s legs are made of accordion folds that add a small bouncy effect when it walks which is so much fun to watch.
We have a printable crab craft template which you can download and print to make this crab puppet easily.
Puppet crafts encourage imaginative play in kids which help in improving creativity and language skills. If you love puppet crafts, check out our accordion dragon craft which is yet another fun puppet craft to make with kids.
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Supplies you need to make a paper crab craft puppet
- Popsicle stick
- Hot glue( For use by grown ups only) or sticky tape
- Crab craft template (You can download the printable by signing up to our newsletter below)
- A4 Cardstock
- A4 Construction paper
- Glue stick
How to make a crab craft puppet step by step?
Download the printable crab craft template by signing up for our newsletters. You will find 4 pages in this template.
Print the crab’s legs(the long rectangles) on red A4 construction papers. You can use any color you like. Make sure you don’t use thick construction papers in order to get the maximum bouncy effect for the legs.
Print the other page with the big circle and the antennae on a red(or any other color) A4 cardstock.
Print the template with the eyes and mouth on a white construction paper.
Cut out all the parts using scissors.
Let’s start making accordion legs for the crab. We will need two paper strips to make one leg.
Pick two paper strips and stick them together at a 90 degree angle. Fold the bottom strip over the top strip and crease the fold. Again, take the bottom strip over the top one and crease the fold. Repeat it till you run out of paper. Secure the ends at the last fold by sticking them together using a glue stick.
You just made an accordion folded crab leg. This type of folding is a great fine motor activity for little hands and is so much fun!
Similarly, make five more accordion folded legs and set them aside.
Take the circle shaped cardstock and fold it invards along the dashed line.
Time to stick the crab’s legs under its body. Stick all the six legs around the big C shape leaving some space in the middle for the popsicle stick to be glued later.
Let’s stick the eyes and mouth.
To stick the eyes, take the small rectangular pieces of cardstock and stick them in front of the smaller folded side of the circle. Stick the crab’s eyes on these rectangle shapes now.
Stick the crab’s mouth below the eyes now.
Stick the two antennae on either side of the crab’s face with their ends glued behind the smaller folded side.
Lastly, stick a popsicle stick at the back of the crab using hot glue or sticky tape. Our walking crab craft puppet is ready!
Doesn’t it look cute? Now, gently press at the back of the crab and you will see the crab boucing. Move the popsicle stick sideways and start playing with your walking crab puppet craft.
We are sure these adorable paper crabs wil bring a smile on your face!