The boys and I came up with this fun summer craft activity using shells, glue, paint and googly eyes. The making of the shell crabs is only half the fun. Once you are done with crabs they become game pieces in a game we called *PINCH-MY-TOE*. Pinch-My-Toe is a twist on the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Instead of X's and O's, we use our shell crabs and sea urchins. The game board is drawn in sand--preferably on the beach, but some decorative sand on a flat surface has sufficed for us so far. Finally, the winner of the game gets to pinch the loser's toe (this is optional, but adds much excitement to the game). We have our game board on the breakfast bar to entice spontaneous play and to bring some summer cheer to our house. The boys and I are well versed in tic-tac-toe strategy so the games usually end in a tie (aka "crabs game"), but occasionally there is a winner and a sore toe.
- Gather materials: shells, paint, paint brush, glue, googly eyes and crafting clay.
- Glue the 'claw' shells on to the crab body. Use the crafting clay to support the pinchers so they do not fall out of place while drying.
- Once the claws are dried, then paint the entire crab. Let dry.
- Apply googly eyes. Let dry.
- You are done! Admire your gorgeous crabs.