Shark Week Party Ideas: Shark Crafts, Learning & Shark Snacksby EJ on 08/12/12
My family goes all out for Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Sharks
are some of the coolest and most fascinating creatures on the planet if
you ask us. Considering sharks were around since oh... before the
dinosaurs, I'd say they score automatic coolness and respect points.
Here at our house, we try to make Shark Week about learning, of course,
and most definitely about fun. We're excited to share our Shark Week
shenanigans with Four Little Monsters readers and hope to promote a love
of sharks for you and your kids, with some awesome prizes thrown in! So
stay tuned all week long for different shark posts, reviews and
giveaways every day during Shark Week. You may now commence your opening
ceremonies... need ideas?
On the first night of Shark Week, we throw ourselves a Shark Shindig and do everything from color, bake a shark cake, make hats and crafts while we tune into Discovery Channel's fabulous shark happy programming.
Here are some great ways to excite the kiddies about sharks and make your family's Shark Week a success.
1. Print out the Discovery Kids Shark coloring freebie pages for the kids. I don't know about your kids but my monsters can sit and color for hours. We never have enough coloring books so free coloring pages online are life savers. Discovery Kids has their own page dedicated to shark-friendly coloring specifically for your mini Shark Week fans.
2. Read the Ranger Rick article about saving sharks. This will get kids thinking about why sharks are important to the ocean's ecosystem and also why sharks - not people - are in danger.
3. Watch the Shark Week Shark Cam, powered by Georgia Aquarium.
Use colored construction paper to cut out the paper bands to wrap around the head. Cut out the shark's head in the color of your choice. Use black construction paper to form the mouth and then go to town cutting out all those teeth! Don't forget the eyeballs!
6. Bake a Shark Cake! We do this every year. Of course, I don't ever need an excuse to bake a cake as my kids just gobble them up regardless, but what's more fun than designing a shark cake? Uh... pretty much nothing. There are so many ways to get creative with this. Last year, I used whipped cream icing and textured out the ocean waves over the face of the cake and then used fondant icing to build a shark coming up out of the water, his mouth open and bloodied. Heck, yes!
Feel free to comment here with YOUR Shark Week party ideas and post your photos to the Facebook page (Hint, hint: posting your Shark Week family photos may help you gain entries to giveaways this week).