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 shark activities 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.
Label 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.
This label a shark worksheet is a great way for kids to learn more about these amazing animals. Besides being a fun scissor skills activity, it is also educational.
Kids will learn about the different parts of a shark’s body and what they are used for. The best part about this worksheet is that it can be done indoors on a rainy day or outdoors on a sunny summer day.
Either way, your child is sure to have fun while learning something new.
S is For Shark Handwriting Page
It is no secret that handwriting is a dying art in the digital age. However, that does not mean that it is not still important.
In fact, there are many benefits to handwriting, especially for young children. For one thing, it helps to develop hand-eye coordination.
In addition, it can improve fine motor skills and penmanship. Writing by hand also encourages creativity and thinking outside the box.
This handwriting page is a great way to help your child develop essential skills. So what are you waiting for? Get your little one writing!
Letter S Maze
This letter maze is a great way to help your child improve their fine motor skills and learn to recognize letters.
To complete the maze, your child will use a crayon or marker to color their way through the winding path. This requires them to control their hand movements and use small muscle groups in their fingers and hands.
As they navigate the maze, they will also be looking for uppercase and lowercase letter S. This helps them to start recognizing and differentiating between different letters of the alphabet.
The more they practice, the better they will become at identifying letters!
Ocean Unit For Kids
The ocean is a fascinating place, and there are endless ways to explore it. Whether you’re looking for crafts, activities, or printables, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Below are our favorite ideas that will help you get your unit planned in no time flat!
Kids’ Ocean Books
There are countless reasons why reading to your children is especially important.
For one, it helps to develop their language skills. As they listen to you read, they will start to recognize words and sounds, and eventually be able to read on their own.
Additionally, reading helps to foster a love of learning in children. As they explore the world of books, they will develop a curiosity about the world around them.
For these reasons and more, we recommend starting with these popular ocean books:
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!
Kids’ Ocean Crafts
Crafting is an excellent way for young children to explore their creativity and imagination. It also helps them to develop fine motor skills and to learn how to follow instructions.
If your kids love crafts, try adding in some of these fun ideas:
Paper Plate Shark Craft – If you’re looking for a creative and fun activity to do with the kids, look no further than this shark craft! It’s perfect for a summer day, and it’s sure to keep the little ones entertained.
Handprint Jellyfish Craft – Summertime is the perfect time for kids to get crafty! This fun jellyfish craft is a great summertime activity that results in a cute keepsake. And the best part? No paint is needed! This craft is made entirely from paper.
Fish Paper Bag Puppet Craft – This fun fish craft is perfect for pretend play and putting on a puppet show! It’s also a great way to use up those old paper bags. Just use the free template and voila – you have an adorable puppet that is sure to make your kids smile.
Ocean Kids’ Activities
Kids will love bringing these sharks to life with color! These shark color by number printables are a great way to help kids practice fine motor skills and number recognition. Plus, they’ll have so much fun seeing their completed artwork hanging on the fridge.
These free printable jellyfish cutting activity pages are perfect for kids who are developing their scissor skills. They can practice cutting along the dotted lines and also get some counting practice in too. Plus, it’s free so you can print out as many copies as you like.