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Is it shark week? Unfortunately as I am writing this, the answer is no. However, in our home we just finished our Ocean themed Teaching Toddlers week where we focused on whales, fish, and sharks! Now, you guys know how I love a cheap project… Well, this one shouldn’t cost you a thing if you have young ones running around. We are going to make an easy and adorable Paper Plate Shark!
What You’ll Need:
- A paper plate
- Blue and/or purple finger paint
- The lid of an old baby-wipes container
- White and blue paper
- Googly eyes (optional)
- A small amount of bubble wrap (optional)
So to start off I gave my little one the paper plate with two squirts of paint on it – one purple, one blue. Then I gave him a ball of bubble wrap that I had previously taped together from the inside and encouraged him to use that as his painting tool today! Kids at this age are all about exploring how they can use objects and experimenting with their senses. Any time you can make things less “normal” I encourage you to do so!
After the plate was painted and had dried, I glued the lid of an old baby-wipes container to the lower half of the plate. Then, I began cutting out the center of the mouth to make room for the teeth.
In order to make the teeth, I measured a white oval that fit the wipes opening, then pierced a hole in the center of the oval with my scissors. I used the hole as a starting point to cut a slit down the center (lengthwise). Once the slit was cut, leaving a pinky’s width or so of paper on each side, I began to cut my jagged teeth out by removing triangles from the top and the bottom row. If your child is practicing their scissors skills, or have already mastered them, this is a great time to coach them through a new technique of cutting!
I glued the white teeth to the center of my mouth, added some googly eyes, and then cut three blue triangles from my construction paper which became the fins of my shark. My toddler is really good at helping me glue so he did most of this with my guidance and I adjusted the pieces accordingly at the end.
That is all that we did to make this DIY Paper Plate Shark and I think it’s adorable! We pretended it was a mask and sang the stereotypical Jaws song around the house which became a really fun game of “chase me mommy, it’s funny!” Haha!
It’s amazing where some of these activities and ideas lead you…but it always seems to be to a positive place. And that my friends, is why I love doing the things I do with my toddler!
What other shark crafts have you made? Did your toddler show you a craft skill you had never seen? How did they do with the bubble wrap paintbrush? We would love to hear what you have to say about this activity in the comments below or on our Facebook page and of course we encourage you to always pin what you love!