Crab Life Cycle Worksheets

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These crab life cycle worksheets are a great way to teach young children about crabs and how they grow.

Young children love learning about animals and ocean animals are a fave with all ages.

These life cycle activities are a great way to teach your kids how crabs grow and change throughout their lives.

This pack includes eight different activities that your children will love as they work on labeling, researching, sequencing, and more.

Crab Life Cycle Worksheets

There are so many fun things to teach children about crabs. Here are a few engaging ideas that will help you teach your kids about crabs, how they grow, their anatomy, and more.

Kids Books About Crabs

In addition to movies, I love to include a wide variety of books in my lessons. I use some for read-alouds and save others for independent reading (when appropriate).

Below, I’m sharing a few of my favorite nonfiction books about crabs. I find they’re perfect for introducing the life cycle of a crab, increasing vocabulary, and illustrating important information.

Crab Activities for Kids

Young learners love hands-on activities, and they help little ones engage with the topic at hand.

When teaching your kids about crabs, you can add one or more of these activities to your to-do list:

• This set of ocean pattern block printables contains a crab (and nine other ocean animals).

• This set of ocean animals fact cards contains a crab (and seventeen other ocean animals).

• Here’s an adorable crab puppet craft that comes with a free printable crab craft template to make crafting easy for kids.

Life Cycle of a Crab Printables

In this worksheet packet, you’ll find eight worksheets that are sure to engage your students during your ocean lessons.


Print and laminate the life cycle diagram. Use this page to teach your students the five stages of the life cycle of a crab.

Print and laminate the parts of a crab diagram. Use this page to teach your students the parts of a crab and the vocabulary associated with it.


Children will match anatomy vocabulary words with their definitions. There will be new words on this page. You may want to pair it with a nonfiction book about crabs.

Graphic Organizer

You’ll receive an “all about crabs” 3-2-1 organizer on which children will record three things they’ve learned, two interesting facts, and a question they still have.

Crab Observation

This is a great resource to have on hand if your kids are ready for reports. As they read about crabs, let them record what they learn. Then, they can use that information to write a report, if you’d like.

Life Cycle Sequencing

On this page, kids will cut out life cycle pictures and glue them in order. Older kids can write a few sentences about the life cycle.


This is a great page for kids to record facts about what crabs can do, what they have (unique features), and what they are (crustaceans, ocean animal, etc.)


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about crabs. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Herman the Hermit CrabA House for Hermit Crab - Paperback - First Scholastic Printing March 1990Is This a House for Hermit Crab?


Herman the Hermit Crab – Herman was the only one in his seaside traveling pack of hermit crabs that didn’t have a shell. Or did he? His was a tiny one at the end of his tail. He had long since outgrown his former home…

A House for Hermit Crab – Join Hermit Crab as he learns an important lesson about growing up: For every friend and adventure left behind, there are new ones just ahead!

Is This a House for Hermit Crab? – Having outgrown his brown-spotted shell, Hermit Crab sets out on a hunt for a new house, finding a haven just in time to avoid a hungry pricklepine fish.

Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:

A beach-themed playdough kit is a great way to engage kids with a fun ocean-themed sensory activity.

• This gorgeous A to Z ocean animals poster is a colorful way to brighten up your learning space as you teach an ocean theme.

• These color by number ocean animals are great for practicing number recognition and color words as well as building fine motor muscles.

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