Get your craft/ popsicle sticks out and create your very own craft stick shark with this simple tutorial. They are so easy to make you can create Baby Sharks entire family! This is one shark that is impossible to fear!
Now if this craft stick shark is too quick and easy for you then it is totally possible to extend this craft activity to make the fun last for longer. Try using white cardstock and painting it. Perhaps create an entire ocean scene by drawing all sorts of ocean life onto a large piece of paper. Lots of little fish for your shark to catch and everything else that is commonly found where your shark swims.
If you would like to learn more about sharks then be sure to read our Shark Facts featured at the bottom of this tutorial. Learning can be fun, especially when it involves crafts!
Craft Stick Shark
You Will Need
For this craft stick shark, you will need the following materials. Feel free to improvise to create your own original variation of these sharks.
How To Make Your Shark
Start by making the craft stick base with your 5 craft sticks. As you can see we used craft sticks that had been dyed blue but natural wood craft sticks would also look lovely, alternatively you could paint them. Using the glue stick them into the shape formation shown.
Once dry (or being very careful while wet, we can never wait) place your craft stick shark on a piece of cardstock. We used a sky blue color but dark blue or grey would also work well. If you don’t have colored card then use white and paint it the sharky color of your choice. Using a pencil trace around the craft sticks, creating a fin and tail and ignoring the bottom fin.
Move the craft stick shark to the side and cut out your shark shape. Put glue onto the bottom of your craft stick shark and attach the cutout cardstock piece.
Using a piece of scrap cardstock cut out a zig-zag line for teeth. Stick these onto the back of your shark for a ferocious line of teeth.
Attach your googly eye and your craft stick shark is complete.
Fun Shark Facts
Turn this craft stick shark into a fun learning experience with these fun shark facts. More facts can be found over at Sharks World and from Easy Science For Kids.
- Sharks have lived in the oceans for over 400 million years. That is before dinosaurs roamed our planet.
- The shark species as we know them have been around for 100 million years.
- Many species are harmless to people.
- New species get discovered every year but for now we know of over 500 different shark types.
- Approximately 100 shark species have serious problems that threaten their population and survival.
- Commercial fishing and water pollution are some of the biggest threats to sharks.
- Sharks, unlike most fish, don’t have bones, but instead, they have cartilage, a soft, sinewy substance.
- They have several rows of teeth and might have as many as 3,000 teeth in their mouths at one time.
- A sharks night vision is better than a cat’s.
- A shark’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than a human’s.
- The largest shark is a whale shark. It can reach over 20 meters in length.
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