Sharks are a favorite with children, so
let's get started! Adapt the information for children under
three. The most important thing to share with children is that
most sharks are actually not dangerous and don't harm people.
Learning about them and what to do if we are near one is what
Prepare some of these suggested materials ahead of time for the presentation:
Surprise the children with a fun shark color posters display - select
some images here as well as coloring pages for an activity below.
Activity 1: View and learn about sharks at KidZone.ws
Before viewing these images have a discussion to prepare
them. Ask them if they are familiar with sharks. What do
they know or have heard about them. Where have they seen
Warning: Some of the images may be a bit scary for very young
children, so please view them first. There are no bloody images,
just shark images big teeth ready for lunch...
Here is the place for the younger crowd and the young at heart to
learn about sharks, Kidzone.ws
Sharks. Visit the facts
section and read or select some information at your discretion,
then visit and select images from the pictures
section. I wish to share that these wonderful shark web
pages are a daughter & mother team project - Tasha, now
seven years old and her mom, Leanne (the heart of DLTK
Crafts for Kids). Tasha worked very hard on the research and
content, and Mom helped put it on the web, what a great
job! Please browse around in the activities section for more fun
activities for the whole family!
Basic facts about sharks for young children:
1. Sharks live in the ocean.
2. Most sharks have rows of sharp teeth.
3. Sharks are very fast swimmers.
4. People believe that most all sharks are dangerous but this is
not so, there are kinds of shark that do not hurt people. The
basking shark has no teeth. It floats on the water and eats tiny
sea creatures and small fish.
5. The whale shark, the largest shark, also eats sea creatures
and small fish. It can be longer than a large sailing boat.
6. The dwarf shark is tiny, only 5 inches long.
7. The white shark is the most dangerous shark and it may attack
people or any other creature it runs into.
Here are some suggested activities after viewing Kidzone.ws Sharks:
Activity 2: Select from two easy art and craft activities below:
*Watercolor a Shark: Select from these coloring pages to watercolor a shark.
Using gray, green and blue water color paint (or 1/2 teaspoon of
tempera paint to 1/2 cup of water) have the children pain the picture.
Encourage the children to pain the shark gray, to add some green
wiggly lines to look like seaweed, and the water
For large groups: add these to an ocean mural if you have worked
on one during the summer.
*Hammerhead Puppet or Headband Hat
Print this coloring
page of a hammerhead shark onto sturdy paper to make a hand puppet
or head band hat.
Point to the children this is an unusual shark, that is quite
different from the others. Tell them its name is hammerhead
shark and it got its name because the head looks like a hammer.
It uses the head to help defend itself by hitting other fish with
Have the children color the page, then cut or help cut out this image
of the hammerhead. Glue the image to a craft stick (to the tail and
head up) or make a head band by cutting a piece of construction paper
in 3 or 4 inch bands, tape to strips and have the children glue the
shark image on the center of the band. Secure around the head,
cut of excess paper and tape.
Activity 3: Hammerhead Shark Play Poem
Read and do the play with the children wearing the head band or
holding the hand puppet:
Deep in the ocean,
Far, far away from the shore,
A hammerhead shark lives,
Swimming near the ocean floor.
(demonstrate to the children to move with the puppet or hat in a
crouch position near the floor in a zig zag motion)
When the hammerhead calls his friends,
they all come to swim and play,
(tell the children to gather together, pretending that they are
swimming & playing together)
out in the deep ocean,
so far, far way.
Activity 4: Alphabet Consonant Digraph Sh Shark
This activity is for children that are comfortable with the alphabet
and are ready to learn digraphs and blends. There are related activities for sheep, shoes,
and shepherd to reinforce the initial sound.
Activity 5: Shark Online
Jigsaw Puzzle: Click the change cut button to adapt the puzzle from 6 to 247 pieces.
Consonant Digraph Sh Shark Printable Activities
Display: Shark coloring
for puppet or headband hat
Shark online jigsaw puzzle
*coloring materials, *watercolors or diluted tempera paints