Duuun dun duuun dun… look out, it’s Shark Week!
This might be the first year that I’ve ever participated in Shark Week. They’re one of my biggest fears… good thing I live in Ohio. But, I’m raising Mila to be fearless, so we did a toddler-friendly shark inspired craft!
The set up is reminiscent of our Frida Kahlo portrait we did earlier this year. Just shark inspired.
Here’s what you’ll need to hammer it out:
Since Mila isn’t the Steven Spielberg of using scissors, I prepped this activity. If your kids are older, they’ll have fun with this.
All I did was cut out different shapes of the shark and waves for her to put together.
- Light blue for the background
- Newspaper for the shark’s body
- Black for the shark’s mouth and pupils
- White for the eyes and teeth
- Dark blue for the waves
Honestly, I just free-cut everything jaws because it was easier and I knew it wasn’t going to be ‘perfect.’ I’m so happy I did because the shark’s expression is amazing.
Once your done cutting the pieces out, have your child assemble their shark.
I let Mila place the shark’s parts however she wanted. She also had her toy shark for reference. The only thing I did tell her was that a shark’s mouth is FULL of teeth.
Take a bite out of this…
Shark’s will have 30,000 teeth over their lifespan. I told Mila that, but she doesn’t really know 30,000 is a huge number.
Back to the craft…
While Mila was working away, I found the letters to ‘shark’ in the newspaper to cut them out. There’s always an opportunity to learn letters, so we take them.
After the pieces are set, glue them down.
So, Mila’s shark is the only shark I probably would not be afraid of seeing in the water.
I mean, just look at him.
He’s not very ferocious and makes me laugh every time I look at him. I don’t know if it’s how big the eyes are or the mismatched teeth…
All I do know is Mila is extremely proud of her shark.
He’s currently hanging on our fridge. So every time I look in our kitchen, his bewildered face makes me smile.
Isn’t that fin–tastic?
We hope you liked our Shark Week paper craft! It’s always fun to see your child creating and learning at the same time.
What’s your favorite type of shark?
I’d you’re looking for other Shark Week activities, check these more ferocious ones out: