Sharks are one of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. They’re mysterious and often feared, but kids are always mesmerized by them.
This hammerhead shark puppet is the perfect way to teach kids about these amazing creatures. Not only is it fun to make, but kids can use it for pretend play and learn all about sharks while they’re at it!
This project is perfect for kids of all ages. Younger kids may need help cutting out the shapes, but they’ll be able to put the puppet together with some supervision. Older kids can likely do the whole project on their own.
Either way, it’s a great activity to do during Shark Week or anytime you’re looking for a fun ocean-themed project!
Once you’re done, be sure to check out all of our shark activities for kids.
Hammerhead Shark Craft
- Brown paper bag
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Black marker
- Shark template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the shark template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing the mouth piece to the middle of the head piece.
Glue the eyes to the sides of the head.
Create the main body portion by gluing the belly to the middle of the body.
Take the tail fin and glue it to the bottom of the body.
Next, make the ocean background by gluing the blue paper to the flap and main portion of the brown paper bag.
Place the head on the flap portion of the bag and glue it in place.
Glue the body to the main portion of the bag.
Use a black marker to draw gill lines along both sides of the neck.
That’s it! Isn’t this such a cute paper bag puppet?
Ocean Ideas For Kids
What better way to learn than to engage in an ocean themed unit study! There are so many great educational resources available for kids that are fun too.
Plus, there’s no better time to learn about the ocean than during the summer months when kids can actually go visit the beach! So dive into an ocean themed unit study today and learn all about the amazing world beneath the waves!
Check out our easy-to-implement ideas and be done in a snap!
Ocean Books For Kids
Reading aloud to young children is beneficial for them in numerous ways. First, it helps to develop their listening skills. They learn to follow along with the story and pay attention to the details.
It also helps them to improve their vocabulary and learn new words. As they hear the words spoken aloud, they can begin to understand how they are used in context. In addition, reading aloud helps children to develop a love of reading. They see that reading can be fun and enjoyable, and this may encourage them to pick up a book on their own.
Overall, reading aloud is a great way to help children develop important literacy skills! Try adding in some of these 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!
Ocean Crafts For Kids
When it comes to crafting, children have boundless imagination and energy. It’s the perfect activity to help them explore their creativity and have fun at the same time.
Crafting also helps children develop important motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And as they work on their project, they can even learn new vocabulary words and concepts. Try adding in these fun ocean crafts:
Crab Paper Bag Puppet Craft – This puppet is great for kids to create, as it can be used for pretend play or for learning about the beach or ocean. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to make! Once your kids are finished, have them put on a show for family and friends!
Paper Plate Fish Craft – This fish craft is the perfect project for little artists. All you need is a paper plate, some paint, scissors, and paper. The best part is that it’s totally customizable – kids can choose their own colors and patterns. So have fun and let your little ones express their creativity with this easy and fun summer craft!
Octopus Handprint Craft – Kids will love this adorable octopus handprint craft! It’s a fun activity to do together, and it makes for a great keepsake. Plus, there’s no need for paint – everything can be made from paper.
Ocean Activities For Kids
Shark color by number printables are a fun way for kids to learn number recognition and develop their fine motor skills. Simply print out the pages, and then have your child color in the numbered sections according to the key. They’ll love seeing the shark image come to life as they work on their coloring skills! And you’ll love knowing that they’re also practicing their number recognition. Win-win!
Looking for a great way to introduce your little ones to STEM concepts? These ocean pattern block mats are a great way to engage kids in hands-on learning while they explore ocean animals. The mats challenges kids to use their problem-solving skills to match the shapes to the outlines. As they play, they’ll be strengthening their fine motor skills and learning about shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s a perfect activity for use at home or in the classroom. So dive into some ocean fun!
This ocean sensory bin for kids is a fun way to explore the senses and prevent boredom. It’s a great activity for children of all ages and can be used in different ways. For example, young children can use it to explore different textures and colors. Older children can use it to practice letter recognition or counting. Regardless of how it is used, an ocean sensory bin is a great way to encourage learning and have fun.
Making homemade popsicles is a fun and hands-on activity to do with your kids on a hot summer day. And these ocean popsicles are extra fun because they have gummy sharks swimming inside them! Plus, this is a great way to beat the heat and keep your little ones cool all summer long.
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More Ideas For Kids
- rown paper bag
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Black marker
- Shark template
- Download the shark template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the mouth piece to the middle of the head piece.
- Glue the eyes to the sides of the head.
- Create the main body portion by gluing the belly to the middle of the body.
- Take the tail fin and glue it to the bottom of the body.
- Next, make the ocean background by gluing the blue paper to the flap and main portion of the brown paper bag.
- Place the head on the flap portion of the bag and glue it in place.
- Glue the body to the main portion of the bag.
- Use a black marker to draw gill lines along both sides of the neck.