This fun craft involves following instructions and counting, two great challenges for little ones. My kids were especially surprised to find out how many legs shrimp actually have.
This craft also provides a great opportunity to share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:
- Shrimp are small shellfish that can be found in both saltwater and freshwater.
- Most shrimp are actually white/grey, but they turn pink when we cook them.
- Shrimp are really good swimmers and can even swim backwards.
- There are over 2,000 different kinds of shrimp.
- Shrimp are high in protein, low in calories, and contain important nutrients.
Once kids outline their shrimp and add the linguini legs, they can get as creative as they want when it comes to decorating the shrimp. We pair this craft with the Shrimp and Tomato Linguini recipe.
Featured Ingredient: Shrimp
Corresponding Recipe: Shrimp and Tomato Linguini
Skills supported: Fine motor (cutting, gluing/taping, coloring), math (composing shapes, counting, measuring), following instructions
✂ supplies ✂
- Paper (white is ideal)
- 2-4 sticks linguini pasta (uncooked)
- Glue (Elmer’s Glue Sticks are our go-to)
- Markers or crayons
Consider setting up the craft before you start cooking so your kids can get to work right away.
- Outline the three main sections of a shrimp’s body as shown (upper shell, abdomen, and tail).
- Using linguini noodles, break off five small, 1-inch pieces to represent the shrimp’s five pairs of swimming legs. Glue these pieces to the bottom of the shrimp’s abdomen.
- Next, break off five medium, 2-inch pieces of linguini to represent the shrimp’s five pairs of walking legs. Glue these pieces to the bottom of the shrimp’s protective shell.
- Add an eye and two antenna to the shrimp’s head.
- Color or decorate the shrimp as desired!
Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.