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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Free Coloring Pages for Kids

You can download & print My Little Coloring Book, a mini coloring book with 7 free coloring pages, complete with unicorns, sea creatures, butterflies & rainbows! Use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to bring the pictures to life!

Click here or on the thumbnail to the left to download My Little Coloring Book ~ coloring pages mini-bundle from TeachersPayTeachers.com

I also have all of the clip art images in color for sale in Kindergarten Nation’s Teachers Pay Teacher’s store. There is a link to the clip art on the credits page of the coloring pages bundle. You can use the clip art on your website, blog, Teachers Pay Teachers products, and more!

 

Halloween Coloring Pages Mini-BookThis Free Halloween Coloring Pages Mini-Book is a spooky-fun activity that kids can color! Download & print 1 or 2-sided, then staple the pages together to make the mini-book.

Use as an activity for Halloween Parties or give them out as a non-candy option for trick-or-treaters!

Click here or on the thumbnail to the right to download the It’s Halloween Mini-Book from TeachersPayTeachers.com

 

 

Here are some free coloring pages & coloring activities from around the web:

Free Coloring Page Bookmarks

free coloring page bookmarksThese three coloring page bookmarks by Dawn Nicole are completely free.  They are equally awesome for children or adults!

They can be found here: Coloring Page Bookmarks from ByDawnNicole.com 

Free Jungle Animal Coloring Pages

These adorable coloring pages are perfect for jungle units or just for fun! Find them here: Jungle Animal Coloring Pages by 123HomeschoolforMe.com

 

Rainbow Fish Coloring Page

Rainbow Fish Coloring Page

I use this coloring page as a stencil to create a fish outline for crafts and activities for the book, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. You can find this page along with a few other Rainbow Fish Coloring pages here: Rainbow Fish Coloring Pages

 

 

 

 

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A Cool Construction Paper Aquarium Craft

For this construction paper aquarium craft, you will design an underwater scene out of construction paper. In the example below, you can see a swimming school of fish in an underwater scene.  Use this idea to spark your imagination and add whatever sea creatures you like to your own paper aquarium craft!

construction paper aquarium craft

Materials

Instructions

Start with a blue piece of construction paper for the background.  Make some seaweed by cutting curvy strips out of green construction paper.  Glue this seaweed so it is coming up from the bottom of the blue construction paper.

Take a piece of yellow or brown construction paper, and cut a curvy strip that is the same width as the blue background piece to make the sand. Paste this sand piece to the bottom of the blue construction paper over the seaweed pieces, so that the seaweed appears to be coming up from behind the sand.

Create fish, jellyfish, starfish, sharks, crabs, shrimp and whatever other sea life you can think of out of pieces of construction paper. Paste your sea creatures onto the background and add the optional sequins and google eyes to complete your craft!

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Baby Shark Song

Here are the lyrics and movements for The Baby Shark Song – a song about a family of sharks on the attack!

While you are singing the Baby Shark Song, cup your hands and open and close them to make a baby shark.

Clap your hands for mama shark, and keep making bigger and bigger shark jaws with your arms until you get to grandpa shark. For the rest of the movements, see the notes in the Baby Shark Song lyrics!

Baby Shark Song

Baby Shark do-do-do-do-do-dobaby shark image

Baby Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Baby Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Baby Shark!

 

Mama Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Mama Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Mama Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Mama Shark!

 

Daddy Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Daddy Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Daddy Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Daddy Shark!

 

Grandma Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Grandma Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Grandma Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Grandma Shark!

 

Grandpa Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Grandpa Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Grandpa Shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Grandpa Shark!

 

(swimming motion)

People Swimming do-do-do-do-do-do

People Swimming do-do-do-do-do-do

People Swimming do-do-do-do-do-do

People swimming!

 

(make a shark fin with your hands together above your head)

Saw a shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Saw a shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Saw a shark do-do-do-do-do-do

Saw a shark!

 

(Faster swimming motion)

Swimming Faster do-do-do-do-do-do

Swimming Faster do-do-do-do-do-do

Swimming Faster do-do-do-do-do-do

Swimming Faster!

 

(Both hands up, swinging frantically)

Shark Attack do-do-do-do-do-do

Shark Attack do-do-do-do-do-do

Shark Attack do-do-do-do-do-do

Shark Attack!

 

(Slower and more quietly, as if sneaking away)

Swim Away do-do-do-do-do-do

Swim Away do-do-do-do-do-do

Swim Away do-do-do-do-do-do

Swim Away!

 

(Original tempo, jazz hands)

Safe at last do-do-do-do-do-do

Safe at last do-do-do-do-do-do

Safe at last do-do-do-do-do-do

Safe at last!

 

Printable Baby Shark Song Lyrics

Click here to download and print The Baby Shark Song Printable Lyrics from my TeachersPayTeachers store.

baby shark song printable lyrics

Baby Shark Song Music Video on YouTube

Here is a YouTube video of the Baby Shark Song.  The lyrics are a little different then the ones above but I think it will give you the gist of the song!

 

Baby Shark Related Books

This Little Shark Finger Puppet Book on Amazon includes a little baby shark puppet so you can move it around with your finger as you read! You could read this before or after singing the Baby Shark Song to create a nice literacy connection.

baby shark book

 

Check out these Easy Shark Crafts from KindergartenNation.com

You might also be interested in my Ocean Activities for Kids Pinterest Board.  This is where I post my favorite ocean-themed activities, including shark and baby shark activities!

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