Kindergarten children may find sharks intriguing because they live under the sea. Or they may be afraid of the creatures because of a shark-attack movie. And some kindergarten students may not know very much at all about sharks. Help enhance a kindergarten lesson plan on sharks and ocean life with innovative craft ideas.
Create puppets to enhance a study on sharks. Use a brown paper lunch sack to create a shark puppet. Paint the bag grey and add googly eyes to face. Open the mouth (the fold) and glue in some white paper triangle teeth to complete the shark.
Another type of shark puppet is a stick puppet. Draw, colour and cut out a shark shape. Glue or tape the image onto a craft stick to create a puppet.
Help children create shark costumes for a performance or imaginative play. Paint an old baseball cap a grey colour similar to a shark. Add large googly eyes to the front of the cap. Cut long, triangular teeth out of felt and glue it to the bill of the cap to create a shark hat. Wear a grey sweat outfit to complete the costume.
You can also create a shark costume by making a mask out of a paper plate. Paint the plate grey and cut out eyeholes. Draw a wide mouth with a black marker and add white paper teeth to the mask. Add a piece of elastic to the plate to keep it in place.
Imaginative Play Shark Crafts
Make decorative shark-themed crafts to enhance a lesson on ocean life. Fold a white paper plate in half and reopen. Cut a jagged edge around the edge of the plate to resemble shark teeth. Draw a tongue on the inside of the plate. Refold the plate and add two googly eyes to the top of the plate to complete the shark's face.
Create a shark out of a toilet paper roll. Lay the roll down and paint it blue or grey. Cut white teeth and glue them to one end of the roll. The circle of the tube will serve as the open mouth to glue the teeth into. Cut fins and a tail out of blue or grey construction paper and glue to the roll. Add googly eyes to complete the craft.
Other Kindergarten Shark Crafts
There are many different kindergarten shark craft ideas. Use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures of sharks and other ocean creatures and plants. Use bean bags to create a game. Have children toss bean bags toward the shark picture.The object of the game is to avoid the sharks and land in safe waters. Players who land in safe waters get a point.
Another shark-themed craft utilises a paper plate, cellophane and paper. Cut the eating portion of a paper plate out. Cover the hole with a piece of blue cellophane. Cut a shark shape out of paper and glue it to the cellophane to make it appear that the shark is swimming in the ocean.
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