Help the crab find his shell with this 4-pack of seaside-themed mazes, which starts with an easy square puzzle and ends with a fiendishy difficult one! We've included the answers at the back.
Have some fun with our printable activities and colouring pages - and learn a little about crabs in the process!
This lovely crab was photographed off Ecuador
Did You Know?
Have you ever seen a crab in a rockpool, or walking sideways along a beach? These five legged creatures are found all over the world - there are over 6,500 different species!
Fun fact: The most colourful crab in the world is the Sally Lightfoot crab - these crabs are blue, red, yellow and orange!
Our Crab Activities
Here's a picture of a cheeky crab for the kids to colour in, matching the colours they use to the numbers on the chart. We've included a ready-coloured version to check their finished picture against.
There are two crab colouring pages to choose from here - the second has the word crab in dotted lines so that the children can practise writing the word too.
We love this picture of a cheeky crab and we're sure the kids will have lots of fun colouring it in.
Follow a day crabbing with a bit of writing practice. Our cute crab picture will make this crab finger tracing worksheet popular with young children.
This funny crab grid copy puzzle is a good one for younger kids, with fairly simple lines to copy. Teach them how to count the squares and copy the contents of one square at a time...
Our crab handrwriting worksheet is a fun way to tie handwriting practice into a seaside theme this summer. Write the words and colour the crabs.
Our crab printable jigsaw is a fun and portable activity. It would be a great way to entertain kids on a train ride to the seaside.
There are 4 pages of these lovely crabs in this pack of sorting cards. Start with 1 set of 6 cards, then another set and work through the 4 sets, then try combining them until the kids can sort all 24 into the correct order - either from small to large or from large to small.
There are 24 crab number sorting cards in this pack. Try 6 at a time and then combine to give more of a challenge. The numbers range from 66 to 996.
Put the crab cards into the correct order - from smallest to largest, or from largest to smallest! This set includes numbers in the hundreds and numbers in the thousands.
This set of crab number sorting cards is going to challenge the kids! We've included decimals and numbers from the 100s to the 100,000s! Start with one set of 6 cards and then build up until you are sorting all 24...
We've made this set of Crab Number Sorting cards very challenging by adding in negative numbers, decimals to 3 places and numbers into the 100,000s - a great way to revise place value with the kids!
Get out the playdough and make some big pincers for this crab. Laminating our crab palydough mat will mean you can use it again.
Sometimes when you go to the beach at the right time, you will find a crab or two to investigate with the kids - what fascinating creatures they are! Here's a poster of a crab, in case you can't find the real thing...
Our cheerful crab poster will look lovely as part of a seaside display. The outline is nice and simple so you could cut out the crab if you prefer.
Although I'm not very fond of crabs myself, the cute little fellow on this photographic poster makes me smile! Print him out for your sea creature or seaside display, perhaps? Use your borderless settings for best results.
Here's a funny scene of a crab at the bottom of the sea - he looks like he's ready to eat! Grab some crayons and colour in his picture...
Here's a colourful poster of a funny crab living under the sea, sure to brighten up any wall or display.
This funny scene of a crab holding a big fork is bound to spark the imagination and get the kids writing a creative story or poem or two. We have lined and handwriting lined versions to choose from below.
A colouring and writing activity in one! Use our crab story paper to tell a story or describe a visit to the seaside.
Can you complete this drawing of a crab using symmetry? An easier worksheet with a grid is also available. You could colour the crab in once you've finished!
Whether you are looking at crabs as part of an oceans theme or for a visit to the seaside, this crab template (in a variety of sizes) might come in useful! You could make a cork board look very seaside-y with a crab or two cut from yellow card...
Here's an interesting tracing page for the kids, featuring a crab! Trace between or on the dotted lines for some excellent pencil control practice.
Children will love practising their pencil control skills by tracing the pincers on our crab tracing page.
This simple technique - of using one of our templates as a reverse stencil - has created a stunning watercolour beach scene that is a perfect activity for a creative afternoon, for children of all ages. Cut out the template in advance if you are planning to do this with younger kids.
Get the crayons out and colour our cute crab and then trace over the dots. What a fun way to practice writing skills this summer!
Perhaps a walk around some rock pools has inspired an interest in crabs? This simple crab worksheet asks the kids to research crabs and complete some information about these funny sea creatures.
With it's large pincers our cartoon crab is definitely more fun to draw than stand on. Use our printable step by step guide to learn to draw a crab and you'll soon be drawing.