Shark Crafts for Preschoolers: Shark Suncatcher

Here is a shark craft for kids perfect for an ocean theme or for shark week. This shark activity is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and up. (Post includes a free shark template!)

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Shark Crafts for Kids: Shark Suncatcher~

*This post was originally published on March 15, 2015 and has since been updated. 


We recently celebrated my daughter’s 7th birthday with a shark-themed party! My preschooler, Theo, had so much fun helping to prepare for the party and wanted to create some decorations on his own, so I came up with this simple shark suncatcher craft.


This shark craft is perfect for both toddlers and preschoolers and combines fine motor skills with creativity. These make a great shark week craft, summer craft, or can easily be adapted to fit with an ocean theme! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Shark Suncatcher Craft for Kids

Materials for Shark Suncatcher Craft

free shark template

Directions for Shark Suncatcher Craft

1. Cut two identical pieces of clear contact paper. (We cut ours to 6 inches x 9 inches.)


2. Cut some sharks out from your gray construction paper. You can print our free shark template onto cardstock, cut out the sharks, and use them as tracers on the gray paper.


Other options for sharks:

  • Print the sharks directly onto gray paper or gray cardstock and cut them out.
  • Use shark stickers in place of construction paper sharks.
  • Use ocean animal stickers to make your suncatcher ocean themed.


materials for shark suncatcher craft


3. Temporarily attach one piece of contact paper to the surface you’ll be working on. I like to use poster putty to stick it to the table. Be sure the paper you’ll be peeling off is on top.


place your contact paper on the table


4. Peel off the paper revealing the sticky-side of the contact paper.


shark suncatcher craft using contact paper


5. Place squares of tissue paper all over the sticky contact paper creating an ocean.


ocean suncatcher with tissue paper and contact paper


6. When you satisfied with your tissue paper ocean, it’s time to add some sharks! Place them anywhere in  your tissue paper ocean.


shark and ocean suncatcher craft


7. Peel off the backing to the second piece of contact paper and carefully place it sticky-side down over the shark suncatcher. Smooth it with your hands.


shark and ocean suncatcher craft


8. Trim the edges of the suncatcher, removing any overhanging pieces of contact paper.


9. Hang it in your window and enjoy!

shark suncatcher craft for kids using tissue paper


Shark Craft for Kids: Make a shark suncatcher using tissue paper and a FREE shark template. Great for an ocean unit or for shark week and perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and on up! ~


  1. I love this craft! My son is really into sharks right now & I’ve already printed the template! 😀 I’ll be featuring this post on this week’s Thoughtful Spot!

  2. This is great! What a colorful and fin-tastic craft for little ones!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  3. Robyn Loew says:

    I love your crafts! Could you possibly make them into a one page downloadable free printable that includes pictures and instructions? It is so much easier to print off the instructions and use them at the arts and crafts table. Thank you for the crafts!!!!

    • Thanks so much for the feedback, Robyn! That’s definitely something I’ve been thinking of doing in the future- glad to know it would be useful.


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