Paper Cup Craft for Kids
Take a dip in the water and let’s learn about sharks! One of the most popular aquatic animals to kids, sharks get a bad rep for being monstrous, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Most shark attacks happen by mistake, sharks are just on the lookout for prey and may confuse a human with their typical prey. This craft is great for preschoolers who are interested in learning more about sharks while exploring their creativity! Download the free template below and follow along!
Did you know:
Sharks do not have bones! Their skeletons are made of cartilage. Touch your ear - you’re skin is made of cartilage too! Sharks can move much freer and more smoothly through the water this way.
Warm-Up Crab Activity for Preschoolers:
Play a classic game of sharks and minnows! Shark is “it” and faces away from the others or “minnows”. The minnows try to cross from one end of the room to the other without being detected. If the shark hears movement, the shark says “ Shark in the Water!” turns around, and tags the minnow before reaching the other side of the room. If the minnow reaches the other side of the room before getting tagged - minnows win! TIP: Play outside! It’s safer and a great opportunity to get fresh air.
How to make Shark Paper Cup Craft:
1. Collect two paper cups and a pair of googly eyes. Glue the two cups together by using plenty of glue around the rims of the cups. Sandwich together and hold for at least 30 seconds. It will not be completely dry yet, but tacky enough to set aside for the time being.
2. While the paper cups are drying together, download the free template, and cut out each shape. Just a reminder, there are two pages!
3. Our shark needs to be balanced in the water, so let’s focus on the fins! Fold the tabs of the fin and dorsal as shown in the picture.
4. Your cups should be dry so let’s glue all of the pieces together. Hold the cups on the side and choose one end to be the face. Glue the eyes and teeth at that end. The dorsal goes on the opposite end! Attach that next and glue the fin on top.
5. What is the circle for? Glue that underneath, opposite of the dorsal. Not only will this help keep your shark upright, but you can also have fun by easily sliding it across the table. Great for playtime!
Where can I find more crafts ideas for preschoolers?
If you are looking for fun and creative activities for your younger children, look no further! The Paper Cup Craft Kit includes 16 activities and includes the cut-out pages in cardstock, googly eyes, and the cups! The best part about this craft kit is its multi-purposeful! Use it for educational purposes or to improve fine motor skills.