Summer is here, so that means it’s shark season in our home. If you’re looking for some cute shark crafts for your kids, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for kids from preschool ages and up. Of course, toddlers can get in on the crafting fun as well, but they’ll need a little extra help.
Make paper plate crafts, recycle newspapers and egg cartons, and even try a few print, cut, and paste crafts if you’re looking for something super easy. Whether you have a little time or a lot, you’re going to find a terrific shark-themed craft to suit your needs. Enjoy!
Cute Shark Week Kids Crafts
Shark Surfboard Craft from Artsy Momma: You couldn’t find a more perfect summer craft! Sharks + surfboards = FUN! You’ll make the shark surfboard craft out of recycled cardboard or cereal boxes, so it’s a frugal option that’ll save you from a trip to the craft store.
Paper Plate Woven Sharks from Kids’ Craft Room: Kids who are learning to sew can benefit from this cute little shark. The face is woven with yarn, allowing kids to practice their fine motor skills.
Shark Binoculars from Pink Stripey Socks: Any little adventurer will love making and playing with these shark binoculars. Spend a little while crafting and allowing the paint to dry, and then head outdoors (preferably to the beach!) to see what sorts of creatures you spot with your play binoculars!
Origami Shark Bookmark from Kids Activities Blog: Dive into a good book using this origami shark bookmark to save your place. Children who enjoy origami will find this simple and easy to complete. Plus, it would make a fun little gift or favor to give to a friend.
Paper Loop Sharks from Our Kid Things: What a happy group of sharks! Their big, toothy grins make them completely adorable, so try this craft if your child thinks sharks are scary. No template is needed for this craft. It’s as simple as drawing a smile on the paper before making a loop and then adding fins and googly eyes. When you’re short on time but still want to do something creative with the kids, this is an excellent choice.
Printable Shark Craft Templates
Hammerhead Shark Craft from Artsy Momma: Preschoolers and kindergarteners will have so much fun with this cut and paste hammerhead shark craft. Personalize your shark by coloring or painting a beautiful blue background for him to swim in.
Shark Cootie Catcher from Easy Peasy and Fun: Do you remember making cootie catchers in school? These sharks are shaped the same way! It’s so fun to use our fingers to open and close the shark mouth. Use them as puppets to put on a shark-themed skit!
Printable Shark Puppets from Picklebums: Print out these terrific puppets to play along with while you sing the Baby Shark song! Of course, kids can also use the puppets to act out their favorite shark-themed books as well.
Feed the Shark Color Matching Game from Messy Little Monster: Do a craft and practice color identification in a playful way! These sharks are made with simple cardstock and toilet paper tubes. The printable template makes it easy to put together, and even includes tiny fish to feed to each shark.
Stained Glass Shark Craft from Views from a Step Stool: This printable shark craft is easy to prep for the kids in just a few minutes. All you need is a printer, markers, scissors, and a glue stick. The shark looks incredible on the stained glass background.
Easy Shark Crafts for Kids
Newspaper Shark Craft from I Heart Crafty Things: This newspaper shark is a creative way to recycle a couple of pages from your newspaper! Because you only need a few simple materials, it’s a wonderful craft to do in a classroom, with a group of kids or at home.
Shark Paper Plate Craft from Kids Activities Blog: Here’s a variation on the paper plate shark using the entire plate (almost) as the shark’s body. The fins and teeth are made with paper plate pieces as well, but you could also use cardstock to make them.
Shark Toilet Roll Craft from Glue Sticks & Gumdrops: Keep a few empty toilet paper rolls to make these easy cardboard tube sharks! You only need the toilet roll, google eyes, a marker, and paper or cardstock to make the teeth. Easy peasy.
Simple Paper Shark Craft from I Heart Crafty Things: With cardstock, googly eyes, ad a marker, you can make a simple paper shark that’s perfect for preschoolers. Use a CD or any large circular item, such as a small bowl, to draw the body of the shark. All the pieces are quite easy for little hands to cut out without much help.
Chomping Foam Shark Puppet from The Soccer Mom Blog: Here’s another silly chomping shark craft that kids will have a blast playing with. If you don’t have foam sheets, cardstock or construction paper will work just fine, too, though the foam will be much sturdier and will hold up to play better.
Fun Shark Themed Craft Ideas
Rocking Paper Plate Shark from Artsy Momma: Paper plate crafts are simple and fun. This one’s even better because the completed shark rocks back and forth. Kids will enjoy playing with it and showing it off as much as they enjoy making it!
Pool Noodle Shark Craft from Moms and Crafters: You may have several pool noodles on hand during summer, so why not turn a couple of them into toothy sharks? They’d make excellent decorations for a summer pool party.
Articulated Cardboard Sharks from Our Kid Things: This articulated shark craft has so many fantastic elements. It’s wrapped in yarn, which offers kids valuable fine motor practice. The jaw also moves up and down to make a chomping motion so the shark can use his sharp teeth to eat all the little fish in his path. Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Hama Bead Shark Pattern from The Inspiration Edit: Wouldn’t this Hama bead shark keychain make a fantastic gift for Dads, grandparents, etc.? Using Hama beads is excellent for developing fine motor skills.
Shark Egg Carton Craft from Crafts by Ria: Recycle your egg cartons to make some adorable sharks with the kids. Teaching kids to recycle materials to create something new is a valuable lesson.
We hope you’ve found a fun shark themed craft that your kids will enjoy. Please pin it to share it and save it for later!