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Shark Finger Puppet #MMSCraft

It’s Shark Week on television this week and we have been getting our fill of the cold blooded fish. Sharks are such incredible animals that the kids wanted to make some sharks of their own. I of course obliged as long as we could share with you all! These shark are super easy and so much fun!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Half sheet of blue foam (or you can use blue construction paper)
  • 2 goggly eyes
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • Scissors
  • White paint pen or crayon

Let’s make some sharks!

I glued the half sheet in half and secured all sides with the hot glue. Hold it together to make sure it all stays together. *Please use caution when working with a hot glue gun and hot glue. It will burn.* I didn’t think regular school glue would hold it together. You can also consider making this shark out of felt! You know how much I love felt! Same with sewing, help the younger children with any kind of needlework.

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Have your child draw a shark or their best representation of one onto the foam or construction paper. Then grab your scissors and cut out the beast. *Adults please help with the cutting if your child/children are too young to cut.*

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As you can see the pencil markings on the shark, you can erase those after you are done or just keep them on. It gives it character. 🙂 Now it’s time to add the fins! In our first draft I kept looking at it and wondering what it was missing.. silly me! It doesn’t have to be exact as you can see ours isn’t.
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As you can see I added the googly eyes by this point and drew in some gils and teeth with the white paint pen. We also made sure to give his underbelly a little white as well. Super easy and lots of fun!

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Since we’ve been learning about sharks, here’s some neat info you too can share with your kids. Just a few facts to share while you are making your shark.

  • A shark breathes through their gills like any other fish do.
  • Sharks babies are called pups.
  • Most sharks are especially active in the evening and night when they hunt.
  • Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet.
  • The blue shark can leap out of the water.
  • Hammerhead sharks are immune to stingray venom.
  • Whale sharks are the largest sharks.

Before I noticed the missing fins, the boys were already ready to play with their shark.

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What do you think? Since this one is “three dimensional” or can be you can really get creative with it. I considered filling it with something but decided against it last minute then added the hole for your finger. It’s not a traditional “finger puppet” per say, but you can use your finger, a pencil or any stick you can find to play with your shark.

If you make this week’s craft please make sure to tag us and use the #MMSCraft hash tag! We love seeing your creations and we will start sharing them as well!!

Happy Shark Week and Happy Crafting!


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