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Crab Coloring Pages (Free PDF Printables)

Pincers, shells, and sideways scuttles come together in these 20 crab coloring pages, available to freely download and print. This crustacean collection celebrates the uniquely charming crabs found in oceans, beaches, and tide pools around the world.

With poses showing crabs waving their claws, hiding in shells, blowing bubbles, scuttling along the beach, and climbing rocks, they offer endlessly entertaining coloring opportunities for ocean admirers of all ages!

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To use any of these free printables, you can click on any of the below images or links to open the high-resolution PDF on a new page. From there, you can freely download or print to your heart’s content!

All these PDF coloring pages are on standard US letter size, but they also fit perfectly onto A4 paper sizes! Enjoy!

10 Craft Ideas To Do With Crab Coloring Pages

Crabs are funny and fierce, and youngsters love coloring them.

Here are ten top crafts to do with those finished pages.

1. Easy Popsicle Stick Craft

Start this easy craft with three popsicle sticks painted red with craft paint. Use invisible glue to fashion them into a triangle.

Put a thin line of the same glue on each popsicle stick, cut the crab from the finished coloring page, and glue it to the triangle.

Add funny, googly eyes and red pipe cleaner “claws.” Attach a string and hang this funny popsicle stick crab anywhere!

2. Standing at Attention

Begin this cute craft with an empty bathroom tissue cardboard laminated with red construction paper.

Turn it horizontally, and when the crab is cut out, glue it to the side of the roll.

Attach two one-inch long pieces of red pipe cleaner to the back of the roll with tape, side-by-side. Add wiggle eyes to the end of each piece for a comical touch.

Finally, glue two large, red pom-poms to the bottom of the roll, and the crab will stand on his own!

3. Make Original Crab Artwork 

For this engaging craft, have the youngster cut the crab from the coloring page and glue it to a piece of blue or yellow poster board.

Then, the child should cut a large circle from red construction paper, fold it in half, and glue the back half to the crab’s body. 

The other half can then be lifted up to reveal something underneath. A smaller crab, cut from another coloring page, should be glued inside.

Now, when the paper’s lifted up, it looks like a mother crab hiding her baby! 

4. A Funny Decoration

All kids love this cute craft, and it begins with folding up two strips of black construction paper, accordion-style.

Set these aside, and have the youngster cut the crab from the finished coloring page.

The “accordions” are the crab’s legs and can be stapled or glued to the cutout’s base. Red pom-poms should be attached to the bottom with staples or craft glue.

Next, make crab “hands” from red pipe cleaners and attach these to the cutout as well. Hang this adorable decoration in a doorway.

5. Make a Cute Name Sign

Start this engaging craft by cutting the crab from the finished coloring page with the claws separate from the body.

Then, glue the main cutout section to an empty paper towel cardboard, cut it down to about two-thirds, and position it vertically. 

Next, reinforce the claws with pipe cleaners and attach them to the sides of the roll. Now, have the youngster’s name written on a 2” x 2” piece of poster board.

With scissors, make a small slit in the crab’s “hand” and slide the name tag into it as if the crab is holding it up!

6. An Original Mardi Gras Mask

To make a one-of-a-kind mask that no one expects, have the youngster color two crabs in similar sizes and cut them out.

They should be decorated with glitter, tissue paper tuffs, and craft gems just like Mardi Gras.

Holes should be made in the center of each one. Then, connect them in the middle with a short piece of pipe cleaner.

Attach two additional pipe cleaners to the sides for the youngsters to hook around their ears, kind of like glass stems, and these unique Mardi Gras masks can be worn anywhere!

7. Be a Hermit

For this fun craft, have the youngster cut the craft from the finished page and glue it to a background in a contrasting color.

Add funny wiggle eyes, and embellish the claws with red glitter or puffy paint.

Then, have the youngster cut simple, rainbow-style arches from orange and yellow construction paper, making each one a little larger than the last.

Glue these on top of the crab cutout, from largest to smallest, and the child has now turned the crab into a hermit! Display this cute poster anywhere.

8. Crab Soup

This craft is fun and easy for any child and makes a great gift for mom or dad. 

Have the youngster find a simple recipe for crab soup or crab dip and use a Sharpie to write it across the top half of a colorful sheet of paper.

Then, draw a text bubble around the recipe, pointing downward.

Cut the craft from the finished coloring page and glue it to the bottom of the paper. It looks like the crab is reciting the recipe!

9. Colorful Crab Garland

To make a fun classroom decoration, have each youngster reinforce their finished coloring pages with cardboard and carefully cut out the crabs.

Using a hole punch, small holes should be made on both sides of the cutouts.

Then, using pipe cleaners, have the youngsters work together to fasten the crab cutouts  into a big circle

Display it from the ceiling for a hilarious crab chandelier! 

10. Valentine’s Day Crab

Begin this fun craft by having the youngsters add handprints to an ordinary piece of paper using finger paint. 

When making the prints, they should fan them out so that the fingers are going in the opposite direction.

Then, when the crab is colored and cut out, glue it to the center of the handprints. The finger sections will make the crab look much larger!

Using puffy paint or a glitter pen, the child can write “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “Be My Valentine” and fold it in half for a terrific card.

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