Shark Crafts for Kids

During our Ocean Unit, we spent a few days learning about sharks and other sea creatures. Sharks can be kind of scary but these crafts are more on the cute side!

1. Paper Plate Sharks
You can make these little sharks out of paper plates. Here’s how:

Cut out a red circle for the inside of the mouth, triangles for the teeth, and half-ovals for the eyes.

Fold the bottom part and staple or tape the eyes in place and use a marker to color the dark part of the eyes.

For the back fin, cut a paper plate in half and fold the bottom edges so it can be attached with staples or tape.

shark craft with paper plates

Source: https://www.pupperoos.com/workshops/workshops-for-schools-and-children/

2. Recycled Paper Towel Roll Shark
Reuse paper towel rolls to make this shark craft.  Cut out a triangle from one opening on the cardboard roll.  This will make 2 triangles.  Glue one to the back and one to the top to make the fins.  Paint the whole thing blue.  Add some small triangles cut from white paper to make the teeth, and glue into place.  Add googly eyes and paint on some gills to complete this shark craft!

shark craft toilet paper roll

Source: jennwa.blogspot.com/2008/06/toilet-paper-shark.html

3.  Paper Plate Shark

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You can make this paper plate shark craft with some paint and foam paper. Visit Craft-Crafted.com for the full instructions!

4. Cupcake Liner Shark

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Follow these directions on IHeartCraftyThings.com to make this shark craft out of cupcake liners.

Source: http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

5. Shark Fin Hat for Pretend Play

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Kids can make a shark fin hat out of blue or grey construction paper and pretend they are a shark. This is a super fun idea for pretend play, or even for a game of Sharks And Minnows!

Full instructions on GluesticksAndGumdrops.com.

6. Newspaper Shark

newspaper shark craft

Kids can make this shark craft using newspaper, construction googly eyes, & a little glue.

Source: Newspaper Shark Craft by I Heart Crafty Things.

7. Balancing Paper Plate Shark

paper plate shark

This paper plate sharp balances on his own! Artsy Momma has the full instructions here: Paper Plate Shark by Artsy Momma

8. Popsicle Stick Shark

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This activity is all about sharks and shapes! Glue popsicles into a triangle shape, then paint them grey.  Attach grey paper fins, tail, and body. Finally, add white foam or paper teeth and a google eye.

Find the full instructions here: Glued To My Craft’s Blog Triangle Shark Craft.

9. Paper Plate Shark Jaws
The shark jaws are just a little creepy! Fold and cut paper plates in a jagged line and around the outside to create some realistic shark jaws!

paper plate shark jaws

Source: Dollar Store Crafts Paper Plate Shark Jaws

10. Shark Coloring Pages
Here are a few free shark coloring pages that you can download for free. Click the image below to view the full-sized version)

 

shark coloring page

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://discoverykids.com

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Construction Paper Snail Craft & Activity for Kids

Our class recently made this awesome snail craft during our creepy crawlies theme!  These guys are super easy to make, and students practice using fine motor skills as they cut and roll the paper to create their snails!

paper snail craft

paper snails

What You’ll Need:

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper

snail craft template

Preparation

  1. Pre-cut the snail shapes. I’ve included snail and leaf templates you can print on white or colored copy paper or, depending on your printer, directly onto construction paper. If you cannot print onto construction paper, print the templates on copy paper, then cut out the template you want to use and trace it on a piece of construction paper.
  2. Cut apart the leaf templates. Make sure you have enough leaves and snails to give every student at least one!
  3. Place paper snail templates, and leaf templates out on tables along with markers, glue and scissors.

Click Here To View And Download The Snail And Leaf Templates Plus a BONUS Snail Writing Prompt (TeachersPayTeachers.com)

Engagement

  1. First kids decorate the paper snail template while they are still flat, using markers.
  2. Next, roll up the snails, starting from the end opposite from the eyes.
  3. Finally, kids cut out and decorate a paper leaf, then glue their snail onto it.

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It’s such a fun activity. I think we will end up making them all week long!

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In my experience, the kids really liked decorating and rolling up the shells to make their snails.  A few of them made more than one. We ended up using all of them to decorate our Summer bulletin board!

Later on, I made some really tiny paper snails that were super adorable. You can make smaller versions of the snails and pair the tiny snails with a larger snail to make a whole snail family!  

Activities to Go Along With This Snail Craft

snail coloring pageHere is a snail coloring page and reading & writing activity for beginning readers & writers to go along with the craft.

Kids can color the snail picture and read the sentences to learn about snails.  Then they can write one thing that they learned. Here is the link: Snail Coloring Page by PreschoolMom.com

Click here or on the thumbnail to the right to view and print the Snail Coloring Page (.pdf)

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Piñata Craft ~ A Cinco de Mayo Craft for Kids

Piñata Craft

Last week, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we made this colorful piñata craft!  The kids worked so hard on them and I think they turned out really nice!

Materials Neededpiñata outline

  • Tissue Paper
  • White copy paper
  • Construction paper
  • Piñata Outline
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

 

  1. Print the piñata outline on copy paper & cut out one for each student.

piñata craft template image

2. Cut small squares of tissue paper of various colors and set aside in a small bowl or two.

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3. Cut some thin strips of tissue paper and set aside.

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4. Add glue to a small area on the piñata template and spread it around with your finger.

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5. Before the glue dries, cover the area with the tissue paper squares.  Continue to glue and add tissue paper until all or most of the paper is covered.

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6. Add details, such as a mane using the thin strips of construction paper.kids piñata craft image

7. Glue the piñata to a piece of construction paper for a background and add an eye.  We used sticker eyes, but googly eyes would work great too! This is the final step!  Check out a few of our finished piñata crafts!

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finished piñata craft

pink piñata craft

Like this craft? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – A giant construction paper beanstalk hangs from the ceiling tiles making for a whole-class creation that adds a touch of magic to the room!

Jack And The Beanstalk Craft

After it’s put together, kids can have fun re-telling the story of Jack And The Beanstalk using character puppets made out of construction paper and popsicle sticks!

Instructions

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  1. Start out with a piece of green construction paper.

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2. Use a green marker to draw a spiral outward, starting in the center of the construction paper.

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3. Cut around the spiral shape and cut off the edges of the paper with scissors. Make a crevice where the kids will begin cutting into the spiral.

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4. Pour a tiny bit of glue over the paper and sprinkle it with some glitter for extra magical effect! Leave overnight to dry.

5. Cut out leaves, beans, and sprigs. Make curly sprigs by cutting thin strips of green construction paper. Wrap them around a pencil, slightly unrolling afterward.

6. Create leaves by cutting football shapes out of the green construction paper. Curl these around a pencil slightly. Beans are just slightly elongated football shapes.

7. The kids can also cut out their own leaves too but you can lay some precut leaves out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids begin by cutting along the spiral until they have a long curvey beanstalk.

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9. Next, glue on some paper leaves, beans, and curly sprigs!

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10. Hole punch the end of each beanstalk and tie a small loop of yarn to the end of each one.  String a longer piece of yarn through the yarn loops on the individual beanstalks and attach the whole thing to the ceiling tiles by this string.

Now all you need are some kindergarten-made character puppets and kids can use their imaginations to re-enact the story of Jack And The Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

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