Though we live far from their natural habitat, we can study sharks at close range whenever our family visits the aquarium at the Omaha zoo. We also learn about sharks via books, such as Shark Attack! by Cathy East Dubowski. Since my daughters and son are so fascinated by sharks, why not make some? In doing so, we learned about different types of sharks and about the denticles on their skin. These tiny teeth-like structures cannot be easily seen, but we can imagine what they might feel like after creating textured sharks.
- Paper (not thick)
- Shark printables (we used coloring pages from the Georgia Aquarium)
- Print out or trace outlines of shark shapes onto regular copy paper.
- Place rough sandpaper under the paper with the shark outline. Use the side of a crayon to color the shark, pressing down so that the texture of the top paper becomes rough.
- Cut out the sharks, feel the rough skin, and display.
If you are looking for further information or lesson ideas, the Seaworld website has a helpful downloadable resource for teachers (and parents I assume), Rough Rubbin' Sharks, which I consulted before we made our sharks.