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You are invited to download the Crab Pack with learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images to create hands-on ocean-themed activities for your students or for exploring invertebrates in your classroom.
Crabs are sea creatures with a hard exoskeleton that protects their body. They have ten legs and two claws that they use to catch their food. Crabs love to eat algae, other small animals, and even dead creatures that fall to the ocean floor. Some crabs can also change color to blend into their environment and avoid being caught by predators. They can be found in oceans and on beaches all over the world, and are a fun animal to observe and learn about!
Crabs usually mate in the summer. The female crab molts, or sheds, her hard outer shell and releases pheromones, or chemicals, to attract the male crab. The male crab will guard the female and protect her while she molts. The female stores the male sperm in her body until she is ready to lay her eggs. She will then release the fertilized eggs into the water where they will hatch and become baby crabs.
Crab hands-on activities
Crab hand activities for kids include crab races using hands as the legs of the crab, making a paper crab by tracing the shape of hands onto paper and decorating it, and playing crab catch by catching a ball using two hands placed like a crab’s claws. Other activities include creating a crab puppet using paper bags, creating crab-themed jewelry with beads and wire, and drawing pictures of crabs while learning about their anatomy and behavior. These creative and engaging activities help children learn about crabs in a fun and interactive way.
Montessori activities for kids that involve crab hands can help improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and concentration. One activity is the tweezing game, where kids use crab hands (thumb and pointer finger) to pick up small objects and place them into a container. Another activity is the transfer game, where kids use crab hands to move objects from one container to another using a spoon or scoop. Additionally, kids can practice drawing or tracing shapes with crab hands using writing tools like chalk or markers. These activities can be adapted for different age levels and abilities.
Children will learn the stages of the crab life cycle, and parts of a crab, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills.
This resource contains a crab life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of a crab printable.
Here is what’s included:
Crab life cycle diagram
Crab life cycle 3 part cards
Crab life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
Crab life cycle tracing strips
Crab life cycle information cards
Parts of Crab diagram
Parts of the Crab diagram minus labels
Parts of the Crab labels
Parts of the Crab information cards
Parts of the Crab tracing & independent writing worksheet
Parts of the Crab student booklet (independent writing)
Parts of a carb – Gather books about crabs for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards. Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards.
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the crab body.
Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the crab life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Crab life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word. Present control cards and invite the child to lay the stages of the cycle in the correct order.
Crab life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
Crab tracing/labeling and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and invite the child to trace or label parts of a crab and crab life cycle.
You might like to invite the students to compare the life cycle of the crab with other sea creatures.
Animal sorting and classifying activity with vertebrates and invertebrates.
The printable features photographic cards for sorting and cards with clipart images for “cut, color and sort” activity.
The printable contains:
2 workmats “Invertebrates” and “Vertebrates” 9 cards with real photographic images of vertebrate and invertebrate animals (18 in total) definition cards control card for self-check student printouts for sorting with black and white clipart images and control card for self-check 10 pages This printable is a part of the Nature Curriculum in Cards Series
Exploring Ocean - Children's Books and Learning Resources
Main characteristics of the ocean biome – 25 cards to introduce students to the incredible world of the ocean, help them to learn what makes it so special and unique, and learn about the importance of the ocean biome for people.
Three-part cards are an excellent tool to help interactively learn new vocabulary and spelling. Classified cards can be used to enrich the child’s vocabulary, to develop reading, writing, and classification skills while broadening the child’s knowledge of the world. Create bilingual/multilingual cards for the students in your minority language with ease.
by Tom Jackson (Author), Val Walerczuk (Illustrator)
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by Julia Rothman (Author), John Niekrasz
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by Bethanie Hestermann (Author), Josh Hestermann (Author)
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by DK (Author), John Woodward (Author)
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by Bethanie Hestermann (Author), Josh Hestermann (Author)
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by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (Author), Helen K. Davie (Illustrator)
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Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make DK’s Smithsonian Handbook of Shells the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to seashells of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-color photographs of over 500 species of seashells, this handy reference book is designed to cut through the complex process of identification and make it accessible to the average reader.
by Marianne Berkes (Author), Robert Noreika (Illustrator)
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Dive into Ultimate Sticker Book: Ocean! Explore coral reefs and discover amazing facts about life in the deep. Whether kids are crazy about sharks or excited about deep-sea life, they will love the 250 reusable stickers and pages packed full of activities and scenes to create in Ultimate Sticker Book: Ocean.
by Jen Green (Author), Laszlo Veres (Illustrator)
Dive in! Explore the secrets of the world’s oceans—from the familiar shoreline to the strange abyss of the murky depths—in this amazing guide featuring five eye-popping 3-D scenes. Did you know that an estimated 80 percent of all life on Earth is found in the ocean? Now kids can dive in and discover all of the amazing secrets of the world’s oceans in 3-D Explorer: Oceans. In this multidimensional book, readers will learn more about the familiar plants and animals of the shoreline and rock pools and uncover the mysteries lurking in the ocean’s midnight zone and murky depths.
by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author), Mark Astrella (Illustrator)
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by Janet Lawler (Author), Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator)
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by Jess French (Author), Claire McElfatrick (Illustrator)
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by Steve Jenkins (Author, Illustrator)
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by Nathalie Choux (Author, Illustrator)
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by Holly Daniels Christensen (Author)
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by Beth Costanzo (Author), Ekaterina Illina (Illustrator)
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by Bethany Stahl (Author, Illustrator)
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