Let’s Make a Shark


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.

You will start cutting in triangles your top and bottom of your plate.

After cutting out triangles, fold the triangles down to start with the shark’s jaw.


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.

 Last step, glue the bottom half of your paper plate on your construction paper and glue your googly eyes on top.

And there you have it! Wrap up Shark Week with your own crafty shark.



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