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Parts of a Horseshoe Crab Activity

Are these ancient tank-like looking little creatures even crabs?  No, they are closer to spiders!  They are also known as ‘living fossils’, having been one of the first arthropods to walk out of the ocean, onto land.  Learn more about them in this product, the Parts of a Horseshoe Crab activity.

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The Parts of a Horseshoe Crab Activity, provides the Child with the correct terminology for the ten main parts making up the Horseshoe Crab, and includes many interesting facts.  Another term used to describe the Horseshoe Crab is a ‘living fossil‘; they have been traced back to over 445 million years ago; making them older than the dinosaurs.  They are amongst the first arthropods to have walked out of the ocean to settle on land.  To the best of our knowledge, they hold the Arthropod blueprint; a hard exoskeleton; segmented body, and jointed legs.  This arthropod basic body-type is still the same, 445 million years later.

Based upon the Montessori zoological curriculum, Horseshoe crabs are closer to the arachnids than crabs, and belong to the Arthropoda phylum, Chelicerata.  The material is colour-coded with a yellow border around each card.  Combining the simplicity of a 3-part card set, a booklet; that comprehensively covers detailed descriptions about horseshoe crabs; and definition cards.  It is aimed at both the 3 to 6, and the 6 to 9 environments.

Examples of the Word Cards describing the Parts of a Horseshoe Crab Activity:

prosoma telson opisthoma
chelicerae median eyes book gills

Features of the Parts of a Horseshoe Crab Activity:

  • the direct objectives of this material, are for the Child to;
    • learn about the different parts of the horseshoe crab
    • develop their understanding of the definition of these parts
  • indirectly, the Child;
    • improves their vocabulary skills
    • develops reading skills
    • receives an introduction to zoology
  • curriculum support material; aligned to the Montessori language and zoology curricula
  • this product follows that of the life cycle of a horseshoe crab activity, which is used in conjunction with the life-cycle of a horseshoe crab objects

Contents of the Parts of a Horseshoe Crab Activity:

  • a 20-page booklet, providing an overview of the activity
    • an illustration of the part under discussion is on one page
    • the opposite page has a brief description, and definition of that illustration
  • 10 sets of 3-part cards, each set has a control, a mute and label card
  • 10 sets of definition cards, each set has:
    • 1 card, with a complete definition,
    • 2nd card with a redacted word that the Child must answer
  • sold in a transparent, plastic A6 envelope


  • Booklet – 9.5cm x 9.5cm / (3¾” x 3¾”)
  • Definition Cards – 8cm x 8cm / (3″ x 3″)
  • Control Card – 13.5cm x 9cm / (5¼” x 3½”)
  • Plastic Envelope –  18cm x 13cm x 1.5cm / (7″ x 5″ x ¾”)
  • No lamination required
  • Non-tear and scratch proof
  • Printed with Eco-friendly inks
  • Easy to clean with a damp cloth

Additional information

Weight 0.140 kg
Dimensions 18 × 13 × 1.5 cm

Continent 3 Part Cards


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