You know the lobster tank at the grocery store? The one in the back near the butcher. My kids could stand there watching the lobsters for at least a half hour. Usually, I’m in a hurry to fulfill my grocery list, so we don’t spend long staring at these mysterious crustaceans.
If your kids are equally fascinated by the lobsters at the market, they are going to love this easy printable lobster craft.
This lobster craft printable is an easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. It’s a great way to spend some quality time learning about ocean animals with your little ones before a trip to the beach, the Maine lobster festival, or as part of a unit study on ocean animals.
Keep scrolling to get your own printable lobster template and see how you can incorporate this fun ocean animal craft with your little one’s under the sea studies today!
Adorable Lobster Craft for Kids with Free Lobster Template
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Awesome Ways to Have fun With your Lobster Craft:
Lobsters are really quite fascinating. Here are some great ways to enjoy creating lobsters at home with your toddlers and preschoolers:
1. Alphabet Learning:
L is for lobster! Attach your lobster craft to construction paper with the letter L as part of a visual alphabet full of ocean animals for young learners to enjoy. Your preschooler might also enjoy thinking of a letter L name for his lobster friend. How about Leon or Louise?
Helping kids associate letters with interesting animals like lobsters can help them remember letters and letter sounds. It’s also a fun way to begin building early reading skills together.
2. Label your lobster:
Lobsters are truly fascinating! Did you know their claws regenerate? Did you know they have two different kinds of claws? One claw is called the “crusher claw” and the other is a “pincher claw.”
This cute printable lobster craft is perfect for learning more about lobsters with your preschooler. You can have fun labeling the parts of your lobster together. Don’t forget the head, thorax, flippers, crusher claw, and pincher claw.
3. Lobster Counting Practice:
Toddlers will enjoy counting all the legs on their new paper lobster friends. Point to each leg as you count. This helps toddlers practice one to one correspondence, an important early math skill.
For older children, print and create multiple lobster friends to post around the room. Then, have children walk around the room finding and counting each lobster they see in a fun filled lobster scavenger hunt.
You might even consider giving a prize to the child that spots the most lobsters.
4. Lobster Story Time:
Many studies have shown that reading aloud to children improves their language skills and their ability to read successfully on their own. Why not encourage your child to snuggle up with her new lobster pal for story time?
Or, if your child is a beginning reader, let him read aloud to his lobster friend to help build fluency skills and reading confidence.
Here are some fun lobster “tales” you might enjoy:
Keep scrolling to get your own printable lobster template and start crafting ocean animal memories with your little ones today.
Lobster Craft Supplies:
- Colored Cardstock or Construction Paper
- Colored Pencils, Markers or Crayons
- Printable Lobster Template (FOUND AT THE BOTTOM)
After you’ve printed out this no-prep lobster craft template and gathered all of your supplies to make your own lobster friends, explore lobster together through play.
Lobster Craft Tutorial
After you’ve printed your lobster template on red and white paper, go ahead and cut out the body parts.
Another fun way to enjoy this lobster craft friend is to print the lobster template on white paper and color him first. The cut and glue.
Next, simply glue all of the pieces together.
And that’s it! How cute is he!
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