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Shark Suncatcher Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Looking for a fun summer craft for the kids?

Why not try making this shark suncatcher craft!

All you need is some tissue paper and contact paper, and you can let the kids loose to create their own unique designs.

Once they’re done, you can hang the suncatchers in the windows to add a splash of summer color to your home.

The best part is that this craft is sure to keep the kids entertained – and they’ll be proud to show off their finished suncatchers to all their friends.

So whether you’re looking for a summertime activity or just a way to decorate your windows, give this shark craft a try!

Also, be sure to check out all of our shark activities for kids.

Contact Paper Shark

contact paper shark craft image collage with the words shark suncatcher

Supplies

  • Contact paper
  • Blue tissue paper
  • White cardstock or printer paper
  • Permanent glue dot
  • Permanent black marker
  • Double-sided tape or permanent glue dot
  • Shark template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Scroll to the bottom to find the download form.

Directions

Download the shark template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding shark suncatcher craft template

Cut out two pieces of contact paper that are larger than the shark’s body.

Place the cut out shark template on the tabletop, then place a piece of contact paper above it, with the sticky side facing up. We recommend taping the four corners of the contact paper to the table so your child doesn’t accidentally touch it with their hands and pull it up.

Use tissue squares to cover the shark outline in a thin 1-2 layer of tissue paper. The reason you want the tissue paper thin is so it sticks to the other side of the contact paper and stays sealed.

hand placing tissue paper squares on contact paper

Parents: Peel off the other piece of contact paper and place it sticky side down onto the tissue paper. Smooth out any wrinkles.

hand placing contact paper onto tissue paper

Take the shark body and trace it on top of the sealed tissue paper. Cut the shark shape out.

hand tracing shark outline onto contact paper

Secure the shark’s eye near the end of the head with a piece of double-sided tape or a permanent glue dot.

hand gluing eye onto shark suncatcher craft

Use a permanent marker to draw a smile on below the eye.

hand drawing smile onto shark suncatcher craft

Finish up by taping it to a window or sliding glass door with double-sided tape.

That’s it! We think your kids will love making this fun ocean craft!

shark suncatcher craft on window

Ocean Unit For Kids

Any parent knows that keeping kids entertained and engaged during the summer can be a challenge. However, there are plenty of educational activities that can be both fun and informative.

One great option is an ocean unit study. Kids can learn about ocean animals while also practicing skills like reading, fine motor skills, and more.

And best of all, ocean unit studies can be adapted to meet the needs of any age group. So whether your child is a budding oceanographer or just looking for a fun summer activity, an ocean unit study might be the perfect solution.

Kids’ Books About The Ocean

Most parents know that reading aloud to their kids is a great way to promote literacy and a love of reading. But did you know that reading aloud can also help kids develop in other ways?

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When you read aloud, you provide a model of fluent, expressive reading for your child to imitate. You also expose them to a variety of vocabulary words and concepts that they might not otherwise be exposed to.

And as you discuss the book with your child, you help them to develop critical thinking skills. So next time you’re looking for a way to nurture your child’s development, reach for a book! Try one of 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!

Ocean Kids’ Crafts

Crafting is a great way for kids to express their creativity while also developing important skills. Through crafting, kids can learn to follow instructions, solve problems, and think creatively.

In addition, crafting can also help kids to develop fine motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination. Finally, crafting can also be a great way for kids to socialize and make new friends!

Add in some more of these fun ocean crafts:

2 shark suncatcher crafts on window

Paper Plate Shark Craft – This craft is perfect for a summer project. All you need is a paper plate, some paint, and some paper. The best part is that it’s easy to make and turns out looking really cute. Even if your child doesn’t usually enjoy crafts, we think they’ll still have fun making this project.

Easy Jellyfish Painting – Jellyfish are such beautiful creatures that kids love painting them. And what’s even better, this jellyfish painting is great for creativity! Just print out the template, have the kids color it in however they like, and then explore their creativity with the watercolors. They can make their jellyfish any color they want – or even mix colors to create new ones! This easy painting project is sure to be a hit with the kids.

Octopus Paper Bag Puppet Craft – This octopus craft is perfect for pretend ocean adventures. It’s a fun summer activity that will get your child’s imagination going. Plus, there’s a free template to make it super simple.

Ocean Activities

There’s no need to be bored on an indoor day when you’ve got a whole ocean of educational fun waiting for you with these printable ocean animal worksheets for kids! These no-prep worksheets are perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners. They can practice fine motor skills by tracing lines and curves, learn about patterns by completing the ocean animal pattern worksheet or work on scissor skills with the label a dolphin printable. With so many different activities to choose from, your child is sure to find something they enjoy!

These shark color by number printables are a great way for kids to practice fine motor skills while having fun. By coloring in the sharks, kids can improve their pencil grip and develop their number recognition skills. These printables are also a great way for kids to wind down after a busy day or week. So if you’re looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids, be sure to check out these coloring pages.

shark suncatcher craft on window

This ocean and sand sensory bin is great for sensory play and exploration. Kids can pretend they’re at the beach, digging in the sand and looking for shells. Or they can just have fun exploring all the different textures and colors. Either way, it’s a great way to encourage sensory development and exploration. Plus, it’s just plain fun! So if you’re looking for a sensory-rich activity for your little ones, this bin is a great option.

More Ocean Ideas

Ocean Resin Coasters – These coasters are a beautiful way to bring the beach into your home. They are so realistic looking, plus durable and easy to clean, making them perfect for everyday use. Best of all, they come in a set of four, so you can use one for each member of the family. With these coasters, you can enjoy the beauty of the beach all year round.

Beach Scented Candle – There’s nothing like the smell of the ocean to transport you back to happy memories of days spent on the beach. Whether you’re longing for the warm sunshine, the sound of waves crashing on the shore, or the feel of sand between your toes, this beach scented candle can help bring those memories flooding back. Made with essential oil, it captures the essence of a summer day at the beach, filling your home with the fresh, salty smell of sea air.

Crab Twirl Dress – This cute and colorful crab print twirl dress for girls is perfect for summertime! The unique print was created by this shop, and it’s sure to make your little girl stand out from the crowd. The soft, lightweight fabric is perfect for warm summer days, and the flattering silhouette is sure to make your little girl feel like a princess.

Share With Us

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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Summer Activities

shark suncatcher craft on window

Shark Suncatcher Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Looking for a fun summer craft for the kids? Why not try making this shark suncatcher craft! All you need is some tissue paper and contact paper, and you can let the kids loose to create their own unique designs

Materials

  • Contact paper
  • Blue tissue paper
  • White cardstock or printer paper
  • Permanent glue dot
  • Permanent black marker
  • Double sided tape or permanent glue dot
  • Shark template

Instructions

  1. Download the shark template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Cut out two pieces of contact paper that are larger than the shark's body.
  3. Place the cut out shark template on the tabletop, then place a piece of contact paper above it, with the sticky side facing up. We recommend taping the four corners of the contact paper to the table so your child doesn't accidentally touch it with their hands and pull it up.
  4. Use tissue squares to cover the shark outline in a thin 1-2 layer of tissue paper. The reason you want the tissue paper thin is so it sticks to the other side of the contact paper and stays sealed.
  5. Parents: Peel off the other piece of contact paper and place it sticky side down onto the tissue paper. Smooth out any wrinkles.
  6. Take the shark body and trace it on top of the sealed tissue paper. Cut the shark shape out.
  7. Secure the shark's eye near the end of the head with a piece of double-sided tape or a permanent glue dot.
  8. Use a permanent marker to draw a smile below the eye.
  9. Finish up by taping it to a window or sliding glass door with double-sided tape.

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Shark Suncatcher Template

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