Shark crafts are easily some of the coolest ocean creatures.
They capture kids’ attention every year, especially during Shark Week. But these fearsome creatures are perfect craft subjects all summer long.
Make them as part of an ocean animals unit or just to pass the time during summer break.
You’ll find lots of easy paper plate crafts, simple paper crafts, shark puppets for singing along to the Baby Shark song, and more.
Use these sharks to make storytime a little more interesting with your favorite shark-themed books. There are so many ways to have fun with sharks. Check out this list to get started!
This paper shark is a fantastic craft for Shark Week or for Father's Day!
Daddy shark will love the cute shark with a personalized message from his kids. This paper craft is easy for a variety of ages.
Use this printable template to make some jaw-some shark headbands to wear during Shark Week or for a fun summer day.
The template comes with full color or black and white versions that the kids can color in themselves.
Hammerhead sharks sure are interesting-looking creatures, aren't they? This cut and paste craft is easy enough for preschoolers and elementary kids.
The watercolor and salt ocean background offer an added element of creativity.
This recycled craft is made with newspaper, cardboard, and glue. You can't get much simpler than that!
Adults may need to outline and cut the shark template for little kids, but older kids can draw their own sharks to cut out.
Here's another recycled shark craft made with a cereal box or cardboard to make shark-themed surfboards.
They'd look great as decor in a beach-themed or ocean-themed kid's room.
These puppets are designed to go along with the Baby Shark song.
And if you have a kiddo who's obsessed with that little tune, you'll find any excuse to make it a little more interesting, especially when you sing it 20 times a day!
Paper bag puppets are loads of fun to make and play with. Try this paper bag shark on for size.
Kids can put one on their hands and make it "swim" all around the house as they play.
Recycle those toilet rolls you've been saving to make a fearsome shark with wide-open jaws! Glue a craft stick to the side of the shark to turn it into a fun puppet.
These pool noodle sharks just scream summer, don't they? You could even toss them in the pool if you use all water-proof materials, like foam sheets instead of cardstock for the teeth.
I can just hear the jaws theme in my head now! Da-dum da-dum da-dum da-dum... he's getting closer and closer to the boat.
This shark craft combines so many fun elements. Kids can twist green tissue paper to make seaweed, red paper to make coral, and glue some of their shells to the bottom.
From there, it's as easy as printing and assembling the paper shark to finish the craft.
Make a pair of shark binoculars to watch the waves on your next trip to the beach. What a fun pre-vacation craft for the kids!
His toothy grin is irresistible! This circle shark is adorable and easy to put together.
Don't fret if you don't have wood circles. Old CDs or jar lids will work nicely for this craft, too.
Kids will find it so cool that their paper plate sharks rock back and forth. You can use this technique to make lots of rocking animal crafts.
These yarn-wrapped articulated sharks will be fun all summer long. The yarn wrapping gives little ones some much-needed fine motor practice.
The jaws can chomp and bite with ease thanks to using a brass fastener for articulation.
Get even more fine motor practice with this woven paper plate shark with a yarn center.
This is a terrific craft to encourage beginner sewers because lacing is an important skill to help with that.
Paper crafts are best when you don't have lots of supplies on hand, and they're easiest for crafting with a group of kids, too.
This simple paper shark makes a fantastic group craft in school or at summer camp.
This felt shark is fun to assemble. Use black or gray for the shark's body. If you don't have felt, construction paper or cardstock works just fine, too.
If you'd like for your child to put the shark together and take it apart repeatedly, just don't glue the pieces together. It would make a fun quiet time activity for the kids.
Paper plate crafts are frugal and FUN! This paper plate shark has big jaws and a toothy grin, but he doesn't look scary at all.
Kids will have a blast making his jaws chomp while playing with it.
Grab some clothespins and fire up the printer to make these hilariously fun shark clothespin puppets.
They're great for storytime, and pinching the clothespins to open them is a cool way to get in some fine motor practice.
Keeping cupcake liners in lots of different colors on hand is a terrific idea. Use them to make a cute little cupcake liner shark with the kids.
You can use small coffee filters if you're out of cupcake liners by painting one of them gray.
Here's another fun take on paper plate sharks. Don't you love the variety and how different each of them looks? This one will be quite easy for preschoolers and up.
Do you remember making cootie catchers as kids? So fun! But these won't predict your future; they'll just be lots of fun to play with during Shark Week.
Which one of these shark crafts is your favorite?
With so many choices, we’re sure you’ll find one your kids love!