Paper Plate Crab Craft with Numerical Sequence Practice

We have been having fun with crabs this week. If you missed our Small Crab World Moon Sand yesterday, make sure you check it out! Today we made this Paper Plate Crab Craft and to incorporate the book we’ve been reading, we practiced getting our numbers 1-10 in correct numerical sequence.
Paper Plate Crab


One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting By Feet Book by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre


Just as the title says, it’s a counting book with the focus on the feet. The setting is a beach where a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, happy insects and cute snails offer their feet for counting in a number of silly combinations–from one to one hundred!


How to Make a Paper Plate Crab

Materials you will need:

  • paper plate
  • red paint
  • paint brush
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ red sheet of cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • red pipe cleaner
  • 2 medium sized wiggly eyes (we received ours from our friends at
  • hot glue
  • glue dots or school glue



1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate with red paint. Let it dry completely.

2. Cut four 1″ x 8 1/2″ red strips from your red cardstock paper for the back legs. Cut those strips in half to make 8 legs. Cut 2 more strips about 2″ x 5″. Cut claws at the ends of those strips for the front legs. (Note: I drew lines on our paper to divide the 1″ strips for the legs and let my preschooler cut out all the strips herself for cutting practice. I helped her cut out the claws though.)

3. Use glue dots or school glue to attach the legs to the bottom of the crab.

4. Cut two 1-inch pieces from your red pipe cleaner. Use the glue gun to attach a wiggly eye to one end of each pipe cleaner piece. Then attach the other end of the pipe cleaner piece to the paper plate with your hot glue gun. (An adult must do this step as it requires use of a hot glue gun which is dangerous for children!)

Practice 1-10 Numerical Order Sequence
After we made our paper plate crab, I wrote numbers 1-10 on yellow circle stickers purposefully out of order. I challenged my preschooler to correctly place the numbers in correct numerical sequence on the crab legs.



My daughter is 3 1/2 and is still mastering her numbers so I did help her with this process. If she got stuck we first counted to figure out which number we were looking for. If she couldn’t identify the number herself I actually had a cheat sheet for her to look at with the numbers in correct order. She was able to use it to count again and find the correct number she was looking for on the stickers. Do whatever you feel is appropriate for your child’s age and stage of learning.



I was able to snap some pictures of her using her fingers to count the crab legs to identify what number came next, and just in general counting practice after we were finished.


Crab Leg Counting Practice

I love these one-on-one activities and experiences I get with my preschooler while my boys are in school. It’s been fun doing our own little home preschool this year.


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