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!

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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!

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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)

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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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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!

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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!

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Directions

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1. Start out with a piece of large 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. 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!

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11 Easy Outer Space Crafts for Kids

Outer Space, Space Shuttle, Astronauts and Aliens – Here are 11 Easy Space Crafts for Kids!

1. Make a Paper Space Shuttle Craft

For this space shuttle craft, you can make your own space shuttle or rocket ship and a fun outer space scene by using construction paper!

Materials

  • Black and yellow construction paper
  • Additional construction paper and scraps of various colors
  • Glue Sticks

Directions

1. Assemble the space ship, using various shapes of construction paper.

2. Decorate the background by cutting out planets and stars and gluing them onto the black construction paper (space stickers would also work well for this part.)

3. Glue the space ship onto the background.

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Note: You can prepare different shapes ahead of time that kids can use to “build” their space shuttle.

Add space stickers for a fun twist!

 

2. Color and Decorate this Astronaut Paper Doll

Use the printable below to make your own astronaut paper dolls!  It’s the perfect activity to try during the community helpers unit!

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Click here to go to Education.com and Download the Astronaut Paper Doll Printable

 

3. Create a Portal to Outer Space with Paper Plates

Source: http://funfamilycrafts.com/space-ship-porthole/

I couldn’t find directions for this cute craft but it looks like it was made by using two paper plates, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and aluminum foil. Here is how I would make this craft:

Materials: 2 paper plates, black glitter paper, green card stock, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, stapler, scissors, and glue

Directions: Cut out the center of one of the paper plates for an opening.  Cut a circle, the same size as the paper plate, out of sparkly black glitter paper and glue it onto the back paper plate.  Cut out and glue circles for planets onto this background.  Create a ring around the planet by bending a pipe cleaner and gluing in place.

Fold aluminum foil around the front paper plate and into the circular opening that you cut out. Glue the aluminum foil into place.  Use green card stock and pipe cleaners to create a little green alien and attach it to the front paper plate for a neat 3D effect.  Staple the front and back plates together and attach some string to the back so you can hang up this cute craft on the wall!

 

4. Make an Alien Head Band

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What a fun dress up/ dramatic play idea.  I love the pipe cleaners and big googly eyes!  I’ve made similar alien headbands, by simply using construction paper for the headband and tentacles (that’s what I call the long things the eyes are connected to)

This idea uses a few more materials but I really like the look of the finished product!

For detailed instructions, click here: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/02/alien-dress-up.html

 

5.  Make this Spaceship and Moon Craft by ArticulateGallery.co.uk.

Here are the instructions –  http://www.articulategallery.co.uk/blog/how-to-make-a-3d-spaceship-paper-craft/ (or click on the image below)

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6. Make a Space Book

 

I think this is the greatest thing.  Full instructions here.

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7. Make A Space Collage

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Draw circles on a piece of paper and have kids paint them.  Cut them out.

Use a toothbrush to flick some paint on a piece of black construction paper.

Glue the painted circles on and you have a cool space collage!

 

8. Play with Homemade Galaxy-Doh

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I love the colors in this play-doh!  Combine the ingredients to make the base, then let kids add glitter, stars, and marbles to create their own galaxy!  Recipe and full instuctions here on FairyDustTeaching.com

 

9. Make a Paper Plate Flying Saucer

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This page on CraftsByAmanda.com will show you how to put together a cool paper plate flying saucer craft.  In her instructions she uses a hot glue gun, but I would let the kids use a bottle of white Elmer’s glue to paste the craft jewels on.

10. Create A Solar System Mobile

solar system printable thumbnailThis free solar system printable of the planets and sun in our solar system makes for a great solar system mobile.  You can download a PDF of the solar system image by clicking here or on the image on the right.

Punch holes on the edge of a paper plate where you want to attach the planets.  I put holes on the outer edge for the planets, and have the sun hanging from the middle.  You can also forgo the hole punching altogether, and just tape the pieces onto the paper plate.

Have your kids decoplanet-mobilerate the paper plate with their name and stars or even black paint if you want.

When they are done decorating, put the plate aside and let them color and cut out the planets.  You can set each student’s planet cut outs on the plate they decorated.  This is a good way to store them if you are making a whole bunch, especially with younger kids because most of them will need help attaching the planets.

Connect a piece of string to the back of each planet cutout with tape and tie or tape to each plate.

You can tape the mobile directly on the ceiling or you can poke 2 holes in the middle of the plate with scissors and tie on a string so you are able to hang up the mobile.

11. Outer Space Coloring Pages

Just print and color for another easy space craft!  Here are a few space-themed coloring pages from around the web!

 

 

 

Outer Space Crafts on Pinterest

Check out my Outer Space Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for even more Space-Themed activities!

Have a space craft you want to share? Email me or leave a link in the comments section below and I can add it to the list!

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7 Magazine Collages – Upcycle Magazines to Create Works of Art

Create unique magazine collages while you recycle, reduce, and reuse. Reusing old magazines means less paper waste and you can use this activity to teach kids about recycling and repurposing.
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Here are some tips for making the most out of your magazines.

Select Magazines with High Quality Images

While selecting magazines for your collage, think about the overall look you want your collage to encompass.  Do you want to create a serene nature scene or a bubbling social statement?

Pick the type of magazine that will work best for your project.  This one seems like a no brainer, but if you are trying to make a magazine collage out of Time Magazine cuttings, be prepared to use the text as part of your artwork.

National Geographic is a great magazine for many types of collages. It’s pages are filled with gorgeous photographs of interesting people and animals.  The colorful pictures in National Geographic can be used for magazine collages, dream boards, and many other art projects.

Search & Find Free or Inexpensive Magazines 

You can find inexpensive magazines at thrift stores and yard sales. Even better is getting them for free. Save the magazines you have a subscription to for crafting and you will always have what you need on hand. You can also check your local library or doctor’s office to see if they have any old magazines for your projects. One more place to look for used magazines is at the recycling center.

Once you have all of your magazines, you are ready to start your collage.

Need some ideas for your craft? Try one of these:

1. Cut-out Magazine Collage Craft – See Picture Above

Materials

  •  Old Magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Directions

1.  Cut shapes and pictures that interest you out of old magazines and arrange them on a piece of construction paper. Add the largest images first.

2.  Add smaller pieces to cover up rough edges and fill in any empty spots.

3. Try to cover up the entire piece of construction paper with magazine images.  The more images you use, the more intricate and interesting your collage will be!

 

2. Dream Board Magazine Collage

1. Use magazine cut-outs to create a dream-board.  Instead of using a piece of construction paper as your background, use a canvas and glue the cut-out magazine pictures down with rubber cement.  Use the rubber cement over top of the collage to seal the image and keep the magazine clippings in place.

Here is a tutorial for creating the dream board magazine collage shown in the picture above (also called a vision board):  http://nicolewolf.com/create-your-vision-for-this-year/

 

3. Create A Silhouette Magazine Collage

Fill the silhouette with images of what you are thinking about or anything that interests you. In the article with the original idea (link is below), it tells you to draw around a child’s face to get your silhouette, but I think it would be easier, and look nicer, if you took a picture, and then cut around the silhouette with scissors.  Either way, here is what it looks like:

Once you have the magazines for your collage, flip through the pages and find the images that you will be cutting up for your collage.

Original idea here (tons of self-portrait ideas too): http://www.incredibleart.org/lessons/elem/images/Jeryl-silhouette.jpg

 

 

 

And if you are looking for even more ideas on how you can reuse old magazines and other junk mail and paper, check out this page with 100 ways to creatively reuse old magazines!

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