Feed the Shark Sensory Bag Perfect for Shark Week!

Today we have a Shark themed sensory activity for younger kids. We are calling it “Feed the Shark” Sensory Bag. A sensory bag is just like a sensory bin…only mess-free and portable.

Older kids can make a little game to get the fish into the shark’s mouth. This portable sensory bin is great for taking places, using in the car and sticking in your diaper bag as waiting room fun.

Feed the Shark Sensory Bag - portable sensory bin with a shark theme for kids - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make this cute shark themed portable sensory bin!

We love sensory bags for kids because they are a fun way to explore different senses. This one includes an activity that kids will enjoy — feeding fish to a shark!

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Feed the Shark Sensory Bag

Whether your little one loves fish, sharks, or just the water, this sensory bag is perfect! These are especially perfect if you have a smaller child.

Smaller children still tend to put their hands, toys, and other items in their mouths so sensory bins are not always the best choice for them. However, sensory bags let your little one learn and explore without the worry!

Feed the shark sensory activity - shark with fish all around in the portable sensory bin activity

Benefits of Sensory Bags

They not only help your little one explore and learn, but they teach a number of other skills like:

  • Language skills
  • Sensory input
  • Fine motor skills
  • Social skills
  • Perception
  • Cognitive development

Pretty amazing right? There are so many benefits!

Supplies Needed

Let’s make the Feed the Shark Sensory Bag! The best part of this shark activity is… it doesn’t cost too much to make! Which is a plus in my book and some of the stuff you may have laying around already. If you don’t, we can help!

shark sensory bag for kids

Directions for Shark Themed Activity Bag

Step 1

Start by cutting a shark shape from the grey foam paper. You’ll want to cut it so that its mouth is open so it can eat the fish!

Step 2

Use bright colors to cut small fish, and we used tan to cut out the shape of sand for the bottom of our sensory bag.

Step 3

Squirt the hair gel into your zipper bag, then add the foam pieces. Press all of the air from the bag and use the Duct tape to seal it closed.

Feed The Shark Sensory Bag with yellow and red fishes and a gray shark in blue "water"

Now your child can squish the fish around the bag to feed the shark! Or squish the fish away from the shark to run away! There are so many ways to play with this fun sensory bag!

Feed the Shark Sensory Bag

shark sensory bag for kids

Sharks are amazing and a ton of fun! We have a whole week dedicated to them yearly! So since they are so awesome, we wanted to share how to make this super fun Feed the Shark Sensory Bag.

Materials

  • Blue hair gel
  • Foam paper (we used grey, tan, red, and yellow)
  • Gallon-sized zipper bag
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting a shark shape from the grey foam paper. You'll want to cut it so that its mouth is open so it can eat the fish!
  2. Use bright colors to cut small fish, and we used tan to cut out the shape of sand for the bottom of our sensory bag.
  3. Squirt the hair gel into your zipper bag, then add the foam pieces. Press all of the air from the bag and use the Duct tape to seal it closed.
  4. Now your child can squish the fish around the bag to feed the shark! Or squish the fish away from the shark to run away! There are so many ways to play with this fun sensory bag!

More Sensory Activities from Kids Activities Blog

A big list of sensory bags for babies and toddlers.
Oh so many portable sensory activities for kids!
  • Want more sensory bag ideas? We have a big list of sensory bag ideas with different textures and colors.
  • We also have sensory activities for toddlers as well!
  • Embrace the sea with this sea sensory bin! Filled with rice, shells, scoops, and more.
  • Grab the kiddie pool and these clay toys for summer sensory fun.
  • You’ll wanna “catch them all” with this Pokémon sensory bottle.
  • This is a sensory bin you can eat! Edible mud, sugar, chocolate syrup, and gummy candies, yum!
  • Have a child that loves dinosaurs? Dig through the sand with brushes and find the dino bones!

Looking for more Shark Week ideas for kids? <–Check out all the Shark themed fun!

What did your child like best about this shark sensory bag activity?

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