Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is based on Bluey, Season 2, Tickle Crabs. It uses intentional teaching strategies to focus on the capabilities of caring and kindness. Children will play a game of tickle crabs: when the tide is in they need to scurry about picking up food, but when the tide is out they need to find a home to shelter in. This social-emotional game encourages caring and kindness using role-play. If the tickle crabs can work together they can make a home to share when the tide goes out. They can also find a way back to the beach with care and kindness from their friends.

This is an official Bluey lesson that celebrates the joy and curiosity of Bluey and allows children to build social and emotional intelligence and develop oral language skills. Most of all it has been designed to inspire creativity and imagination in your children!

Lesson Values: This lesson has been designed to provide opportunities for children to explore social and emotional learning through imaginative play. All lessons in the Bluey series are underpinned by a philosophy of play and imagination. In addition, this lesson specifically focuses on…

  • Caring

Click here for a full list of values, and the explanations and learning philosophy that underpins these lessons.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 5:

Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

2. Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

4. Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

5. Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking

Unit of work: Bluey – Early Learning.

Age group: 2 – 5 years.

Time required: 30 minutes.

Resources required:

  • Caps or hats that the children wear outside
  • Coloured fabric or art smocks tops for the 10 tickle crabs (anything you have easily on hand to let the children become the crabs)
  • Coloured fabric or art smocks for the rock monitors to help the tickle crabs safely under the rocks
  • Eight chairs to be used as rocks which the crabs can hide under as homes
  • Hi-Vis tops or other tops
  • Ropes to make a crab circle: Place skipping ropes in a circle, use all that you can find to create a large circle that can fit eight chairs placed inside with room for the children to move around.

Evidence-based Approach

  • These lessons have been developed to support social and emotional learning, oral language development and play-based learning. To find out more, click here.
  • To learn about the Zones of Emotional Regulation, click here.

About Bluey


This activity has been developed in partnership with Ludo Studio. We would like to acknowledge the support of ABC Kids, BBC Studios, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.



Teacher Worksheet

Part A: Watch Bluey 

Step 1. Begin by watching the Bluey episode Tickle Crabs.

You can watch this episode on ABC iView or through Enhance TV.

Tickle Crabs synopsis: When Dad brings home a pair of tenacious tickle crabs back home from the beach, nowhere in the house is safe! His only hope of escaping their tickles is with the help of his one true love.

Step 2. Once the episode has finished, take a few minutes to talk about what children noticed in the episode.

It is important for children to discover themes and lessons from the episode for themselves. It is open to their interpretation, and they cannot be wrong in terms of what they felt or gathered from the episode.

'I see, I think, I feel and I wonder…' questions are a positive way to engage children to reflect on their learning, share their ideas and express their emotions.

Using questions that focus on ‘I think...’ statements help the children share their own thoughts and ideas about what is happening. In forming an ‘I

- or - to view worksheets

Leave your Feedback

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you like or don't like about this activity:

Sorry. You must be logged in to view this form.