Shark Week Program

I saw a great program about sharks on  Bryce Don’t Play  and decided to do something along the same thing. I described it as a way to celebrate sharks now that Shark Week was over.

I began by telling the children some fascinating shark facts which I found online.

We began by playing a version of hot potato with our Folkmanis shark puppet. The children sat in a circle and passed the shark around. When the music stopped, the child with the puppet was out. The game ended with a tie between two girls. They loved this game. I heard giggling throughout.

I had handouts for them for the Shark Trust website. I printed out the draw a shark and the dot to dot shark

They had  a few craft projects to do. The first was a paper plate craft that I found on Cindy deRosier’s site. Here are a few pictures of the results:

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Next up was a clothespin shark craft that I found on Oh My Creative. I got the clothespins from Oriental Trading and when they got in, I realized they were too small. I broke them apart and glued two together for the kids to make a proper shark.

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This didn’t come out anything like the picture on the site, but the kids seemed to enjoy it.

Lastly, I had found pictures of sharks to make a bookmark out of. I glue the pictures onto card stock and cut them out. The children colored their sharks and glued them onto craft sticks.

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The cutting and gluing of this took a lot of time, but the kids loved making bookmarks.

I sent them all home with a shark tooth necklace that I got on Oriental Trading.

 

 

 

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Superhero Party

I ran an All Ages Superhero Party for the SRP theme. The kids began by decorating masks and capes. I found the mask template online and simply traced it onto cardstock. The kids decorated their masks with crayons or makers and colored gems.

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The capes were plastic tablecloths. The only downside of these was that there were hard to paint since we only use tempera paint.

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Afterwards, they tested their superhero brain power by guessing how many jelly beans were in a jar and feeling inside paper bags to see if they could figure out what was inside. This didn’t work exactly as planned. Some kids pulled the item right out and others yelled out the item’s name as they felt it. No one seemed to mind though.

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They then tested their agility by running across our foam balance beam, hopping through hula hoops, and crawling through the maze. I didn’t have the right tape for the maze, so it kept falling down. It worked out because I was able to constantly re-do it and the kids loved getting tangled in the yarn. The picture isn’t the best because the yarn is such a light color.

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Lastly, we played pin the star on Captain America’s shield. The kids did pretty well at this game, even better than I did. I made the shield on oak tag, so it’s not exactly the best shield made.

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