By Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own shark puppet at home, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This month we are excited about the special exhibition, Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, now on view at the New-York Historical Society. This special exhibition includes toys from the late 19th century all the way through the World War II era!
Our project this week is inspired by Shark VS. Train by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. This book captures the imagination that model trains spark in children by featuring a battle between two of the most coveted toys in any child’s collection.
Which toy would you want to win this battle?! The Shark or the Train? Or maybe both! Follow along to create your own shark toy now!
Download and print shark puppet template.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Glue or tape
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your shark puppet
It’s time to give your shark a personality! Maybe start out by naming it. What is its favorite color? Don’t be afraid to use fun colors! In our imagination, sharks can come in any color of the rainbow.
Maybe try giving your shark an accessory. Do they like wearing hats or flowers? Do they prefer to wear glasses? You decide! (Don’t forget to color the two skinny rectangles on the template too).
STEP 2: Cut out your shark puppet
Cut along the black line around the outside of your shark. (Be sure not to cut on the dashed lines!)
Now, cut out the skinny rectangles on the side of the template.
Once you finish cutting, you will have three pieces in total.
STEP 3: Fold your shark puppet
Using a flat surface, carefully fold your shark puppet along the dashed black line in the center (the puppet should fold in half). To make sure it is folded well, press along the fold with your thumb.
Now that your puppet is folded in half, fold back the top flap so the shark’s eyes peek out at you. Crease along the dashed line. Now you can see your shark’s face!
You are almost done folding! Flip your shark puppet over. And fold along the last dashed line, making the ends of the paper line up. Crease with your thumb!
Once you are done, you should have an accordion! Or the letter “W” (or “M”) depending how you look at it.
STEP 4: Glue or tape your shark puppet together
We are almost done!
Now it is time to add the skinny rectangles to your puppet. Glue or tape each rectangle to the upper and lower end of the puppet’s back. (It helps to fold down the ends of the rectangles before gluing or taping them down).
STEP 5: Let’s play!
Slide your fingers and thumb into the loops. And now your shark puppet is ready to chomp chomp chomp! And maybe even battle a train!
Thanks for creating with us! We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers, every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!