Happy Monday (for those of you keeping track of what day of the week it is ;) ). We will start off the week with a story about a shark…
Materials: YouTube, paper, markers, a toothpick or small piece of cardboard, glue (and hot glue if you have) and a clothespin.
Main Learning Outcomes: Developing fine motor skills and early literacy.
(1) First, sit down together with your kiddo to read the story, “Clark the Shark”, by Bruce Hale. If you don’t have the book at home, you can listen to it by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgZRMptA0Lk
(2). Now, let’s make a fun shark craft! Start by cutting out the top half and the bottom fin from blue paper (or white paper that your child can colour), and the bottom half of the shark from white paper. Cut the fish from orange paper (or white paper that your child can colour). Cut the toothpick to about 1-inch in length (or use a small piece of cardboard). Glue the toothpick to the back of the orange fish (hot glue works well if you have it). Use a glue stick to attach the blue fin to the white body.
Glue the bottom of the toothpick to the back of the white body, about half an inch from the end of the mouth (hot glue works well if you have it). Glue the shark body pieces to the clothespin, starting at the spring leaving the handle end exposed. Use a marker to draw on the gills. Glue on the googly eye or draw on an eye. You will need to bend the white part of the shark a little so that when you open and close the mouth, the small fish doesn’t hit the top of the shark.
Tips: This activity will require some parent involvement, especially if you use hot glue (which will cut down on the drying time). If you want to keep your toddler involved more in this activity, I suggest letting them colour it.