Easy Summer Crafts for Kids

Let's have some fun with these easy summer crafts for kids and our crabby summer craft! We are going to turn a paper roll into your very own crab.

Summer is a great time to visit the beaches and for some areas of the world you will see crabs at the beach.

We've created this crabby summer craft to bring the cut little creatures to the crafting table.

Once you have created one of these easy summer crafts for kids you can join us in many more summer crafts for kids.

Crabby Summer Craft

Let's turn a plain old paper roll into a cute under the sea character! Once we've done that we can continue the "under the sea" crafting and make an octopus mobile or a squid pencil holder.

Time to Complete:

20-30 minutes, plus drying time

Age Range Recommendation:

4+ years old.

Craft Supplies:

  • Paper roll
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Black Marker
  • Red construction paper
  • Glue

Step #1:

Paint the paper roll with red paint. Set it aside and allow it to dry completely. You may want to add a few coats so it is evenly red - crabs are a nice bright red!

Step #2:

While our paper roll dries, grab a piece of red construction paper and cut out two arms with claws. To make sure they are the same size, fold the paper in half and cut one arm out. 

Step #3:

Cut three or four strips on each side of the paper roll - these will be our legs. In between the sets of legs cut away the rest of the paper roll. 

Step #4:

Bend the legs to each side.

Step #5:

Now, bend the center of each leg so our crab can stand up.

Step #6

Grab the arms you cut out. If you haven't already, cut the two apart. Glue an arm onto each side of the paper roll. 

Step #7

Add in some googly eyes and use a black marker to draw on a smile. 

Feel free to make your crab one of a kind - add some eye brows, nose, or freckles!

Easy Summer Crafts for Kids

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