Shark Crafts for Kids

During our ocean unit, we spend a little time learning about sharks and make a few easy shark crafts. Sharks can be kind of scary but these crafts are mostly on the cute side.

Here’s a list of my favorite easy shark crafts for kids.

#1. Make These 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

Image Credits: http://www.pupperoos.com/?page_id=388
#2. Make 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
#3. Create A 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 google eyes and paint on some gills to complete your shark craft!

shark craft toilet paper roll

Source: jennwa.blogspot.com/2008/06/toilet-paper-shark.html
#4. Color These Realistic Shark Coloring Pages
Here is a realistic looking shark coloring page that you can download for free. Click the picture below for the full-sized image)

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Tiger-Shark-Coloring-Pages.jpg

shark coloring page

Source: http://coloringkids.org/wp-content/uploads/shark-coloring-pages-7.jpg

Cartoon Shark Coloring Page

Here is a cartoon shark that would make a good puppet. Color and cut around the edge of the image.  Tape a popsicle stick to the back.  Use one of the images above to make a more realistic shark puppet.

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://discoverykids.com/img/images/Shark-1.jpg

#5. Create A Paper Plate Shark

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

 

#6. Make A Cupcake Liner Shark

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Follow these directions on IHeartCraftyThings.com to make this shark craft out of cupcake liners.  http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

#7. Make A Shark Fin Hat to Wear

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Make a shark fin hat out of blue or grey construction paper and pretend you are a shark. So fun if you are a kid!

Full instructions on GluesticksAndGumdrops.com.

#8. Create a Newspaper Shark

newspaper shark craft

Kids can make this shark craft with some newspaper, construction paper google eyes, & a little glue.  SourceNewspaper Shark Craft by I Heart Crafty Things.

#9 Make this 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

#10 Make A Popsicle Stick Shark

popsicle stick shark

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 original instructions here: Glued To My Craft’s Blog Triangle Shark Craft.

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Click here to visit my Ocean Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for a collection of underwater inspired activities. I put shark activities I find here, as well as other sea life and ocean crafts and activities  —->

If you liked these crafts, you might like the Baby Shark Song: Lyrics, Movements,  and Music Videos.

Baby Shark is a fun shark song & movement activity!  Dance and have a shark-themed sing-along!

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A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

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Printable Cat Template – Cute, Fat, and Rolly

These fat cats are cute no matter how you glue them together! And they are super easy to make so they’re the perfect cutting and gluing activity for kids in pre-school and kindergarten.

Just download and print the free printable cat template. Then color, cut and paste!

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You will need

1. Download and print the the cat template*.  *See thumbnail to the right—>cat-template-thumbnail

2. Kids cut out the different shapes.

3. Kids color the pieces with markers or crayons.

3. Kids glue the pieces together to finish their unique and awesome fat cat!

Every child will put their cat template together differently.  I love doing this activity with my kids because its so easy, and at the same time it reinforces cutting skills.  After we are done, I display each child’s work around the classroom.

You could also attach a straw or a popsicle stick to the back of the cat with tape to make a cute cat puppet that kids will love!

 

If you are interested in this craft, you might also like:

Black Cat Craft – A 3D paper cat that can be a puppet or hang on the wall.

Cat Puppet – An easy printable cat template craft.  Just print out, cut, and color, then add a straw or popsicle stick to make a puppet.

Cat House Drawing – An easy drawing of a house filled with lots and lots of cats!

 

 

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Black Cat Craft

Here’s how to make this cool black cat craft wall decoration!

black cat craft

You will need one piece of black construction paper, a half sheet of pink construction paper, some small pieces of scrap construction paper for the eyes and a little bit of white for the whiskers. You will also need a bottle of glue, and a stapler for this craft.

To attach it to the wall you will need a tack, some string or dental floss and a small nail.

Start by making a a fortune teller out of construction paper. Here are some directions for making a fortune teller.

Staple the top and bottom sections together to create a mouth that only opens in one direction.

For the Eyes: When you want to make two shapes of the same size, fold a piece of paper and cut your shape out once. You will then have two identical shapes. You can use this technique to make the eyes and ears for your cat.

For the eyes, fold a small piece of green paper in half and cut out a small circle to make 2 green eyes. Fold a small piece of black paper in half and cut out the shape to make 2 cat’s pupils. (If anyone knows what the shape of a cat’s pupil is called, please let me know!) Glue these onto the eyes and then glue the eyes onto the  face.

For the Ears: Fold a piece of black construction paper in half and cut out a triangle to make two matching ears. Attach the ears by gluing them to the back side of the face. Cut out two smaller pink triangles using the folding technique. Glue these onto the ears.

For the Nose: Cut out a pink triangle and round off the edges.  Then glue it in place.

For the Mouth: Cut out four red triangles that will fit into each section in the mouth. This part can be a little tricky but you can do it! Once you make one triangle that fits you can use it as a template and cut three more in the same shape.

For the Teeth: Cut out small white triangles and tuck them under the red paper in the mouth.  Fold them so they are not sticking straight out.

Whiskers:  You can make whiskers by cutting very thin strips of construction paper.  Glue the ends of the whiskers to the cat’s cheeks.

When you are done with your cat, you can attach some string to the back and hang it on the wall.  To do this, push a small nail through one of the folds on the back of the fortune teller to create an anchor. Place a loop of string or floss on the nail and attach to the wall with a tack.

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