6-8's and 9-12's
1. Activity: Shark Match
Give each child a sheet that contains pictures of sharks on one side, and have them match the pictures up with shark names on the other. The one with the most correct matches receives a prize.
2. Activity: Shark Snack
-Cut out pictures of fish
Have each child grab hold of the side of the parachute so that they are all more or less equally spread around it. Scatter the fishes under the parachute. As a group, slowly wave the parachute up and down, so that it will balloon. Take turn calling each of the children’s name in a chant (sharky-sharky Bobby, can you catch a green fish). When a child’s name is called, they can run under the lifted parachute and try to collect the right color of fish before the parachute falls again.
3. Game: Minnow, Minnow, Shark
Is played the same way as Duck, Duck, Goose
4. Game: Toothy Tag
The child in the center is the shark and the other children are the fish. The fish line up at one end of the room and when the shark calls “GO!” they try to make it to the other side without being caught by the hungry shark. If they are caught, they become sticky seaweed; their feet must stay in one spot, but they can reach with their arms to try to catch the fish. If a fish is touched by the seaweed, it becomes seaweed too.
5. Game: Shark Says
Same as Simon Says, but with a more watery theme (e.g., Shark says swim! Shark says stop. Bite your friend... just kidding!)
6. Craft: Shark Attack Hat
Grey/blue/silver construction paper or tin foil
Red paper (optional)
Crayons or markers
1. Prep before the program: Cut squares from construction paper approximately 22 cm (The larger the better - depending on what size paper is available at your branch); Give each child a square.
2. Fold one corner to the opposite end, making a diagonal crease.
3. Place paper on head, making sure one corner is aligned with the forehead (creating a widows peak).
4. Fold the opposite corner from forehead into a fin (back of the head) by folding the paper left and right making another crease.
5. Glue these two sides of the fin together, only to the crease, leaving the back open to sit on the child’s head. Adjust accordingly.
6. Cut out large white triangles for teeth.
7. Glue these teeth around the bottom of widows peak, crowning the forehead.
8. Add googly eyes on each side, gills, and red sparkles or paper for blood!
9. Optional: Add string to secure around head.
10. Wear as hat