How To Draw A Crab For Kids: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Children enjoy drawing objects that fascinate them. You recently visited a beach, and your child got excited seeing a crab for the first time. Now your child’s next mission is learning how to draw a crab!

Crabs are a part of the beautiful and colorful marine world. There are thousands of varieties of crabs worldwide that are exquisite in their appearance. We are here to prepare your child for their next drawing assignment.

This post brings a step-by-step guide to drawing a simple yet elegant crab. This fun activity will need:

  • Drawing chart or sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Non-toxic crayons
  • Color pencils
  • Watercolors

How to draw a crab step by step?

Follow these simple steps to draw a crab:

Step 1: Draw an oval shape in the center of your drawing paper. It will be the body of the crab. Then sketch a zigzag pattern on the top of the oval, as shown in the illustration. This shows the specifics of the crab’s sharp body. Draw two small antennae and eyes at the top, on two sides of the crab’s body.

Step 2: Draw the claws of the crab. To draw the beginning section of the claw, start by sketching two parallel lines starting from the left middle side of the body and giving it an upward angle, continue it to the top. Refer the illustration for the detailing and draw an open pincer at the top of the claw.

Step 3: Repeat step number 2 to draw the right claw of the crab.

Step 4: Draw the legs of your crab starting from the middle of the body. As shown in the picture, draw three horn-shaped structures. To make your crab more realistic, draw each leg in various imperfect shapes. Detail and angle them in different directions. Legs do not have pincers, hence follow the illustration carefully.

Step 5: Sketch the right legs of the crab, following step number 4 and detail them as specified in the image.

Step 6: Draw the bottom left leg starting from the bottom of the crab’s body. Make sure, the leg is angled inwards.

Step 7: As shown, draw the right bottom leg of your crab following the previous step.

Step 8: Refer to the illustration and sketch some lines and freckles on the body as shown. This brings a realistic look to the crab.

Step 9: Before you start coloring your crab, check the final figure and make changes if required.

Step 10: Color the crab in hues of orange and brown, and pincers in black.

If you recently had a beach outing, or if your kids are always curious about sea animals, drawing a crab can be an exciting activity to start with. These steps are easy to follow and give your little artist great results. The angles and hues might make the drawing look complicated, but it will be accessible once your little one practices it. Before you indulge in this activity, ensure to arrange all the necessary stationery items and get ready to see some funky colors at play.

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Harshita Makvana

Harshita is a graduate in commerce and holds a PG Diploma in Patent and Copyrights Law from NALSAR University. She has also pursued CA and has more than three years of internship experience in auditing. Her love for travelling has taken her to various parts of the world, and writing the travelogues was what brought out her love for content writing.... more

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