Here is an easy paper plate craft that kids can make – shark teeth puppets! This craft would coincide nicely with a reading of Hark! A Shark! to give young students an introduction to the world of sharks. This Paper Plate Craft for Kids is so simple you can place it in your art center!
*Pair this with our Ocean Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kinder!
Shark Paper Plate Craft for Kids
We love to combine simple crafts with great books! Not only does setting a theme make it easier to plan activities, but it also helps to create a more memorable experience for the students. Here is how we made our simple shark teeth puppets from a paper plate:
First, gather your materials. To make a shark teeth puppet, you will need:
To begin, invite students to use red crayons to color in the center of the paper plate leaving the outer edge white. This could be done using red paint, but be sure to leave enough time for the paint to dry.
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To create the teeth, students can fold the plate in half and use safety scissors to cut “V” shapes around the outer edge. Early Learner Tip – it may help to draw pencil lines first to give the students a guide on where to cut.
Lastly, fold each of the teeth towards the center of the mouth. Congratulations! Your shark teeth puppet is now complete!
As mentioned previously, Hark! A Shark! is the perfect book to go along with this simple craft activity. The book introduces students to several varieties of sharks, explains why sharks have so many teeth (but no bones), how pores along their sides help them to sense prey, and more. Quite fascinating!
- Use your shark teeth puppets to sing along to “Baby Shark.”
- Students can practice counting the total number of teeth on their shark teeth puppets.
- Students can use the back of the paper plate to write a few fun facts about sharks!
You might want to hop on over to see our Ocean Zones and Animals Activity!