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Recycled Paper Roll Shark Craft Idea

Beware kids love creating sharks out of paper rolls!

By Spramani Elaun

Beware – kids love creating sharks out of paper rolls!

A simple recycled paper roll can transform into a water shark kids will delight in making.

It is a inexpensive craft project and easy to manage with young to middle-aged kids.

Save money by using materials you already have and save trees! This project was inspired by one of my young art students who loves sharks.

I went to my creative team to figure out an eco-friendly shark art project. Presto…. paper roll sharks!

 

 

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This project meets all of my earth-friendly criteria: recycled paper rolls are re-used, the project is easy for young kids to create, sharks are on the endangered animal list a great topic to study.

Our earth-friendly acrylic paint is perfect to paint on these cute shark creations.

 

Recycled Shark Alert! Sharks Made out of paper rolls project, Spramani Elaun

A project that’s earth-friendly all the way!

1.  Collect the materials

• Recycled Paper Rolls

• Kids Paints – We use Nature of Art For Kids® Earth Friendly Acrylic Paint All types of paint can work for this art project.

• Eyes googly eyes, fabric scraps or buttons can be used)

• Paint brush – wide

• Paint palette

• Water jar

• Napkins

• Scissors

• Glue

• Shark template shape

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Materials Tips:

Acrylic works best on paper rolls, giving a nice opaque coverage over cardboard.

Large, wide paint brushes work best for this project.

Sponge type brushes can also work well to paint sharks. A painter’s palette or egg carton will work best to hold paints.

Water jar for dipping and cleaning brushes in between colors.

Napkins for paint brush clean-up or messy hands.

Baby wipes are awesome for cleaning messy hands with paint on them.

Cut template pattern out, place on top of flattened paper roll and trace.  Be sure your paper roll is flattened for easy tracing.

Anything will work for tracing, whether it’s a pencil, marker, or crayon, since he tracing marks will be trimmed and painted away.

Once shape is traced, trim shape out with scissors and unflatten the paper roll, popping it back into a roll shape.

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Shark template

Cut template pattern out, place on top of flattened paper roll and trace.  Be sure your paper roll is flattened for easy tracing.

Anything will work for tracing, whether it’s a pencil, marker, or crayon, since he tracing marks will be trimmed and painted away.

Once shape is traced, trim shape out with scissors and unflatten the paper roll, popping it back into a roll shape.

 

Fin making tips:

Use scraps to make a fin shape for a shark or fish creature.

Glue fins on with glue or a glue gun.

I‘ve found that it’s easier and I can get sturdier results if  I cut a slit in the roll, and place the fin inside, and glue it to secure the fin in place.

This helps the sharks fin last longer and stay in place while kids have fun playing with their sharks.

 

Teeth making tips:

You can make sharp teeth by drawing them ahead of the time on paper roll or just cutting them out free-hand.

Kids can also just paint or draw on teeth with using white paint.

 

Eyes

Glue eyes on with children’s glue or a glue gun

 

2. Set the environment

• A space to get messy

• Good lighting

• Flat work-station

• Materials

• Smock or clothes that can get messy

It’s important to have a place children can get messy that will with stand messy spills.

It’s important to set up in a place children can get messy.

Be sure table and chairs are at the level of the child.

Materials should be easy for children to reach during project making.

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3.  Child-led and adjustable for all ages

This project can be achieved by many different skill levels and easily adjusted for toddler to middle aged kids. (Read more about this fame work n my new book, Nurturing Children In The Visual Arts Naturally©). (Read more about this fame work in my new book)
Paper roll prep for young children:

I recommend cutting sharks out ahead of time for kids under 5 years or kids not using scissors yet. Kids can paint and embellish with ease if the shapes are cut out ahead of the time.

Tracing and cutting (out templates) can work well with older kids(*).

Allow independent kids to trace and cut out (their) shark(s) themselves.

If your kids are fine motor capable then this is great for them.

Be sure to have plenty of extras (extra) paper rolls for (replace “for” with “in case of”) mistakes.

Young kids cutting out their own templates will need time to understand how the template pattern works by tracing and cutting it out with practice.

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4. Exploration Time

The most important part of this project is allowing children time to explore and construct this project with their own hands.

Older children will usually spend more time painting and embellishing their creatures.

Mature students usually try different shapes other than sharks designs.

For this project I recommend 15-30 minutes for younger children and 40 minutes -1 hour for older children.

 

The common process you can expect for these ages is:

15 months – 6 years: Children will learn to dip brushes into paint, learn to make brush strokes, play in palettes and mix paints, swish water around in jars, learn to spread paint over sharks and delight in the process. Most areas on the shark will not be covered completely. Using hands in paints and exploring by covering the art or table in paint) s common. This is all perfectly normal.

6 – 9 years old: Children will want to make their sharks unique and spend time exploring how the fins can create a different look on each shark.

Children of these ages quickly learn how to use materials and don’t need to be guided in the process of making. Only one or two demonstrations is necessary.

10 – 15 years old: Children will enjoy the mixed-media aspect of this project and create many different versions. Students at this level will spend careful time planning designs. These students can work independently and for longer durations of time.

 

Happy Shark Creating!

 

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