Crabby Feelings

We have just created a set of printable resources to help you identify and discuss feelings in your classroom. 

Each poster has an original crab illustration and design. Posters and worksheets are provided for each of the following feelings:
  1. happy
  2. surprised
  3. silly
  4. sick
  5. sad
  6. upset
  7. angry
  8. excited
  9. confused
  10. proud
  11. appreciative
  12. ok
  13. frustrated
  14. amused
  15. calm
  16. uncomfortable
  17. comfortable
  18. love
  19. worried
  20. disappointed
  21. jealous
  22. guilty
  23. generous
  24. embarrassed
  25. curious
  26. scared 

We've also included an all-in-one page that features all the crabby feelings!

Use the worksheet flexibly, ask students to draw or write in each box and record:
  • how they know they are feeling this way (e.g. for frustrated, they may draw a picture of their face being red, body tight, clenched teeth)
  • strategies for how to deal with this feeling (e.g. I can go for a walk, I can count to 10)

Hop over to TpT to find this new pack.

We recently read a book about a moody crab who is well, a little crabby. This book is perfect for exploring different moods with an underwater menagerie of sea creatures! 

The illustrations are captivating and the text provides for discussion on how students may feel at different times of the school day or week.

The playful nature of the text also creates an opportunity for acceptance of feelings and moods within a child's experience and that they can be easily changed!

We've just added a crab coloring page to our Coloring Club if you would like an accompanying activity!

Additional Ideas for Using the Crabby Feelings Posters in the Classroom

Role Play

Have a few of the posters displayed in your main teaching area. During transition times ask a student to volunteer to come to the front of the class and 'act out' one of the emotions from your display. Other students guess. This may springboard into a discussion on the ways we can identify how people are feeling.


Ask students to suggest some colors that may be associated with different feelings and emotions. Chart these for reference. Students may create an artwork based on a feeling or mood they identify with and use colors to reflect how they feel. Grumpy Frog is a good read to accompany this idea or The Day the Crayons Quit.

Action Game

Play Crab Now. Allow students to crab call in a large free space. On your whistle or bell they stop moving and create a face from one of the posters. Alternatively, you can call one and they create the face to match.