Let’s Make a Shark

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It’s Shark Week, and at the Thinkery we’re celebrating these awesome creatures in a number of our galleries! Today on the blog, one of our Volunteens, Eli put together some fascinating shark facts, along with a step-by-step guide to make your own crafty shark. Thanks Eli!

Shark Facts:

  • A shark’s skeleton is made out of rubbery cartilage, like the tip of our noses.
  • Shark jaws are twice as powerful as the jaws of a lion.
  • Sharks can see almost as well behind them as they can in front.
  • Pigs kill more people every year than sharks do.
  • Punching a shark in the nose or poking its eyes can help to fend it off during an attack. Most sharks don’t want to work hard for their food.
  • You can’t see a shark’s ears, but their inner ears can track sounds of their prey from lengths of more than 800 feet (244 meters).
  • Shark teeth don’t get cavities. This makes them strong and great for tearing prey.
  • Sharks never run out of teeth, if they lose one another spins forward from rows and rows of backup teeth – A shark may grow and lose 20, 000 teeth in its lifetime.

Let’s Make a Shark!

Materials needed:

  • IMG_7066Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Googly eyes
  • Blue Construction paper
  • Pencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start with folding your paper plate in half.
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You will start cutting in triangles your top and bottom of your plate.
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After cutting out triangles, fold the triangles down to start with the shark’s jaw.
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After you’re finished, grab your construction paper and draw a shark shape. Make sure the shape is big enough for the paper plate to fit in, then cut it out.
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 Last step, glue the bottom half of your paper plate on your construction paper and glue your googly eyes on top.
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And there you have it! Wrap up Shark Week with your own crafty shark.

 

 

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