Shark Week is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m scrambling to come up with ways to make it fun, meaningful, and educational for my kids. My husband is (hopefully) hanging our outdoor movie screen up this weekend, and I’m thinking we are going to stream Discovery Channel on the big screen and have some shark fun for days! Kids can learn so much from watching the various documentaries about sharks but adding a few fun games, activities, crafts or shark-themed food will make the week (and the new-found knowledge) ever so much more memorable! Why not kick your shark week celebration or your shark unit study up a notch this year by adding one or two, or maybe ten of your favorites from this list.
Take your pick from over 100 Activities, Games, Crafts, Printables, and Snacks for Shark Week and Shark Unit Studies! I’ve organized these activities by type and added an approximate age level to make it super quick for you to find what you are looking for!
Shark Week Crafts for Little Kids
Hammerhead Shark Craft. This super cute craft is appropriate for Prek with help to Upper Elementary
Kids will love painting this simple paper plate shark craft from Artsy Mama.
This Chompy Paper Plate Shark Craft from Kids Activities Blog is so fun for little ones!
Shark Fin Painting from 3 Dinosaurs
Make these shark stick puppets first as a craft and then it becomes an activity to while away the afternoon. From Pickle Bums, for elementary ages or prek with help. Includes cutting, pasting, and glue.
Great White Shark Craft with printable template from Craft, Play Learn – perfect for prek to elementary with varying degrees of help.
Oh my gosh I love these easy pom pom sharks from Red Ted Art with a free template.
Homemade Shark Binoculars are a great addition to your shark week fun from Pink Stripey Socks
Preschool kids will be so proud of making this Shark SunCatcher from Buggy and Buddy.
A Paper Bag Shark Craft is perfect for the younger crowd, from Arts on Sea.
Easy Shark Craft with Free Printable from Messy Little Monster (toddlers, preschool, elementary with varying degrees of help)
Little ones will enjoy these Paper Loop Sharks from Our Kid Things
Shark Week Crafts for Bigger Kids
Use a pool noodle to make an awesome shark with this craft from JDaniel4sMom.
So Fun! Make a shark from old newspapers with this craft from I Heart Crafty Things.
I love these Baby Shark Finger Puppets from Felt with Love Designs — perfect for older kids to make or moms to make and play with little kids.
What cute little sharks to make with recycled newspaper from Little Fish Blog
Make a Chompin Foam Shark Puppet from The Soccer Mom Blog.
Have great fun making this Shark Cereal Box Pull-String Pinata from Kids Activities Blog.
Make your own Shark Fin Bookmark from Simplistically Living
Another super cute Hammerhead Shark craft with template from Craft, Play, Learn
Your elementary and middle school kids will love this Perler Beads Shark KeyChain from Inspiration Edit
Make this Easy Shark Card for Kids from Simple Every Day Mom and customize it for any holiday.
Celebrate in style with these Shark Surf Board crafts for kids from Artsy Momma
Hammerhead Shark Magnet is very cute, made from scratch (not a kit). From Kids Activities Blog
An adorable felt shark with a free template from Artsy Craftsy Mom will make their week!
Use egg cartons for this Shark Craft from Crafts by Ria.
Wear your own art when you make this Shark Tooth Pendant by Wonder Mom
Shark Week Games
Feed the Sharks – Hands-On Counting Game for Preschool from Days with Grey. Your little ones will have a blast feeding the sharks and counting what they eat!
Learn about the food chain with this Shark Food Chain Game from Look We’re Learning.
Paper Plate Pet Shark and Feed the Shark Game from Babies to Bookworms. Adapt to any age or skill level in preschool – elementary.
Play this Surviving Like a Shark Energy Transfer Game from Share It Science (elementary) and sneak some science into your week!
Free Printable Shark Games for Kids from Natural Homeschool
Print and enjoy this free printable Shark I Spy game from Simple Fun For Kids.
Play this Shark Sight Words Game from Growing Book By Book with your emergent reader.
Shark Week Printables for Little Kids
Super cute Shark-Themed Number Cards for Toddlers and Preschool from Welcome to Mommyhood
Surprise – this shark has a very big mouth – Big Mouth Shark Printable from Easy Peasy and Fun
Shark Find and Color Free Printable from Inspiration Laboratories
Enjoy these Shark Coloring Pages together from Life is Sweeter by Design (all ages)
Free Shark Printable Pack from Proverbial Homemaker
Color Cut and Glue Shark Printable is perfect for practicing scissor skills (prek – lower elementary) from Your Therapy Source
Shark Printable Pack from Fun With Mama makes shark week school fun for your prek kids.
Make this cute shark hand puppet from Easy Peasy and Fun.
Print and color Shark Headbands for a fun costume touch from Simple Every Day Mom (prek-elementary)
PreK/K Shark Worksheets for Kids are a great table time activity – from Living Life and Learning.
Learn all about sharks for little ones with this Free Mini Shark Pack from 3 Dinosaurs.
Adorable Baby Shark Printables for PREK to go along with the infamous book – from Growing Book by Book
From The Keeper of Memories, Shark Ten Frame Clip Cards are great for working on math skills with your littles
Enjoy these Shark Coloring Pages from The Natural Homeschool
Shark Week Printables for Big Kids
Download this Jaw-some Shark Logic Word Puzzle from Our Family Code
More “Grown-Up” Shark Coloring Pages from Encouraging Moms at Home
Graph all the sharks with this Shark Graph Printable from Artsy Mama
Shark Writing Prompts and Copywork from In All You Do
Free Printable Shark Jokes from Artsy Fartsy Mama
Learn About Sharks with this free printable from The Natural Homeschool
Life Cycle of a Shark from Mama Teaches
Work through this Shark Week Word Find from Jinxy Kids — challenge each other and make it a race. Elementary and up.
Learn more about the various types of sharks with these Shark Identification Cards for kids from Natural Beach Living
I love these Shark- Themed Free Printable Number Order Puzzles from Planes and Balloons – for preschool and lower elementary.
Engage your older kids with these fun Shark Story Starters from Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Don’t forget these Shark Array Math printables from Three Dinosaurs.
Stained-Glass Shark Coloring Page from Schooltime Snippets
Have fun showing off these free printable Shark Bookmarks from Artsy Fartsy Mama
Have some Shark Worksheet Fun from Our Family Code.
Shark Week Snacks
This Shark Cups Snack Attack from Mom Endeavors is a great afternoon treat for Shark Week!
Oh-So-Sweet Shark Cupcakes
Shark Bait Ice Cream Floats are fun for all from All Things Mamma
Make these Shark Snack Baggies for your Shark Week Viewing Party or Shark Birthday Party favors — includes a free printable.
Edible Shark Fluffy Slime from Chaos and The Clutter is a great activity and snack all-in-one.
If you are ready for an all out shark celebration, you are going to want to make this Shark Candy Charcuterie Board. What could be cuter on your table? From CuteFetti
Edible Shark Pudding Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands – these people know their slime!
Make your kids this adorable Sonic Ocean Water Drink and float a shark in it! From Baking Beauty
Shark Juice Box Covers from Natural Beach Living are perfect for your shark party or just plain fun!
Oreos anyone? Make theses sweet Oreo Shark Treats from Kid’s Craft Room.
Shark Jello Treats – simple and easy from Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Wow your kids with Shark Attack Punch from Simplistically Living.
Shark Unit Studies
An awesome unit study called Sensational Sharks by Amanda Bennet includes writing, literature, and more!
Year Round Homeschooling has a fun free Shark Unit Study and awesome learning packs you can purchase to go along with the unit study too!
Shark Week Fast Facts Ocean Animals Unit Study from Three Boys and a Dog
Keep your kids on track with their studies with this Shark Week Assignment Sheet from Amy’s Wandering
Shark Unit from Royal Baloo
Shark Week Activities for Little Kids
Who doesn’t love water beads? Your kids will enjoy this Water Bead Shark Sensory Bin for Letters or Numbers from Living Montessori Now
Get awesome sensory play in with this Shark Bay Sensory Bin from Taming Little Monsters (PreK and Elementary Ages)
Helping your kids learn their beginning sounds? Sing this Shark Song from Growing Book by Book
Shark Hunt Ice Block from Glitter on a Dime. I have never thought of something like this and it is a genius way to keep kids busy in the back yard getting vitamin D for a while!
Help your littles enjoy shark week with this Feed the Shark Sensory Bag from Kids Activities Blog.
Water Play! Shark Sensory Bin from Mommy’s Bundle for toddler/prek/elementary
Have a baby or toddler? Put together this Shark Sensory bottle from Fun A Day.
Shark Week Activities for Big Kids
Try this How to Draw a Shark Step-By-Step Tutorial from Easy Peasy and Fun
How to Draw a Shark with an Algorithm from JDaniel4sMom (for Elementary or Middle School)
Build a LEGO Shark for Shark Week by Little Bins for Little Hands
Do your kids need some Shark Fin Soap? Have them make some! What a cute idea from Totally the Bomb.
Pop-Up Shark Art and Color Science is a great activity to add a little STEAM to shark week from Kid Minds. (preschool and elementary)
Why Don’t Sharks Sink? I think that’s a great question and your kids will enjoy discovering the answer with Little Bins for Little Hands.
My boys are going to love this Shark Nerf Target from JDaniel4sMom
These DIY Sharp Soaps from Steam-Powered Family are a great activity for your older elementary and middle school kids!
Shark Tooth Hunting is one of my kid’s favorite day trips! Fossil shark teeth can be found in many places throughout the US, so do a quick search on google and find out what’s near you. From the Educator’s Spin on It.
Make and play with this Shark Cootie Catcher from Easy, Peasy and Fun
Make Ocean Oobleck for Shark Week – your kids are going to love this. From Glitter on a Dime.
How to Make Borax Free Ocean Slime from All Things Mamma
I love this beautiful Ocean Black Glue Art from Red Ted Art is great for older kids!
Make and Use this Shark Origami Bookmark from Kids Activities Blog