As we’ve been learning all about the ocean, there’s one animal that kids always want to learn more about:
They’re mysterious, amazing, and sometimes a little misunderstood.
All of that makes the shark a perfect ocean animal to teach kids more about!
Teach young kids all about the parts of a shark, plus the importance of shark conservation with these free printable shark worksheets.
Read on to learn more and download your free printable shark worksheets.
Also, be sure to check out all of our preschool worksheets for even more ideas.
This last week, we read several kids books about ocean animals, but there’s one book we didn’t include on the list.
The DK FindOut! Shark book is a great resource for young kids who want to learn more facts about sharks.
This book goes over a ton of shark facts, including shark anatomy, the shark life cycle, specific shark species, hunting, migration, and more!
We read the sections the kids were most interested in, then talked about all the fun facts we learned.
Anatomy Of A Shark Worksheet
After we read the shark book, we printed out the shark worksheets.
First, we colored in the shark, then we cut out the shark labels and used glue sticks to attach them to the correct box.
My 3-year-old was too young to remember what each part of the shark was by himself, but my 7-year-old enjoyed doing it independently.
Shark Conservation Worksheet
The second and third pages of these worksheets discuss the importance of shark conservation.
For these pages, we read over them together then discussed our thoughts about each question.
All in all, it was a fun educational activity that I hope inspires my kids to look at sharks in awe and not in fear!
More Ocean Ideas For Kids
We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!
The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!
Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.
The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!
Want to make some fun ocean animal crafts as well? We’ve got you covered! Check out some of our favorites below:
- Jellyfish Craft – This one is supr simple and cute!
- Shark Headband Craft– We can’t stop making headband crafts, but this shark craft is one of our favorites!
- Handprint Crab Craft – Do your kids love creating handprint crafts? If so, add this one to your list of summer projects!
Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!