5 ways to make a shark

Written by Becky Lord

Baby shark, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. Will be stuck in your head, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. For the rest of the day, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo. We’re sorry!

If you’re desperate to prise them away from YouTube/Netflix/the Baby shark app – then this activity is for you.

Below are 5 cute ways to craft a shark and there’s not an annoying beat in sight. Unless, of course, they ask Alexa to play the song while they work… in that case, RUN AWAY DOO-DOO-DOO-DOO-DOO!

1) Grinning shark: make a tissue box beast!

What you’ll need: a tissue box, paint, card, pencil, scissors, glue, tape, googly eyes

What to do:

1. First, assemble the shark. Ask your kids to draw a tail and 3 fins (two for the sides and one for the top of the shark’s head). Then tape them all on to the tissue box, keeping the opening of the box at the front.
2. Now they can paint their shark. We mixed grey paint by combining black and white.
3. Next, make the teeth. Cut a circle of white card the same size as the opening of the box and then cut it in half. Now your kids can cut zigzags into it to make jagged fangs.
4. Once the shark is dry, your kids can stick on the teeth and googly eyes. Rarr!

 2) Shiny shark: collage a toothy tube terror.

What you’ll need: blue and silver paper (we used shiny), white paper, card, glitter, tape, glue

What to do:

1. Roll the blue paper into a tube and secure with tape.
2. Snip out some silver fins. Cut 3 slits in the tube and push the fins through. Secure with tape.
3. Ask your kids to cut out a card semi-circle and decorate with glitter. Then add a small silver fin and stick onto the tube.
4. Now they can stick on some shiny teeth and googly eyes!

3) Lolly stick trick: create a shark in the ocean.

What you’ll need: lolly sticks, colourful paper, white paper, blue paint, black marker

What to do:

1. Make a triangle out of 3 lolly sticks and glue together.
2. Now your child can cut out a large colourful triangle the same size as the lolly stick triangle. Then snip a smaller triangle for the tail and some fins.
3. Glue the lolly stick triangle on top of the shark. Use white paper to make an eye and some teeth.
4. Now get the kids to paint the lolly sticks to match the paper.

They could paint a blue ocean background on a piece of paper and pop the shark on top, if they like.

4) Paper pal: recycle old newspaper to make a fishy friend.

What you’ll need: light blue, dark blue, black and white card, newspaper, googly eyes, scissors, glue

What to do:

1. Show your child how to cut a shark face shape from newspaper. It can be skinny, wide, short or tall!
2. Now, they can glue the shark face onto a rectangle of light blue card.
3. Then, your child can cut out dark blue waves and glue them below the shark face.
4. Finally, they cut out a shark mouth and teeth from black and white card, glue them onto the shark face and add googly eyes.

5) Bite me! Kids can make a shark mask to wear.

What you’ll need: White card, black felt tip, colourful paints, 2 pipe cleaners, sticky tape

What to do:

1. Cut a wide rectangle of white card, big enough to fit across your child’s face. Curve the corners.
2. Draw a semi-circle of teeth along the bottom of the rectangle for your child to cut out. This will frame your child’s face.
3. Now, your child can paint their mask any colour they like (remembering to leave the teeth white!).
4. When the mask is dry, they can draw some eyes in black felt tip.
5. Sticky tape a pipe cleaner to each side of the mask so your child can wear it.

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