Today we are making a super cute foldable origami shark in celebration of shark week. This folding shark craft doubles as an origami shark bookmark. This origami craft is great for kids of all ages. Older kids will be able to follow the step by step folding directions to complete the origami themselves. Younger kids can help fold and decorate your adorable paper shark craft.
I made this a bookmark because I thought, Hey! it’s summer and us parents are supposed to encourage reading while celebrating all things shark week. What better way than with an adorable shark bookmark your kids can make themselves?
While some sharks can be absolutely terrifying, other sharks can be totally cute and harmless.
“Hello, my name is Bruce!”-Yes, I just quoted Bruce from Finding Nemo!
Your kids can choose how to decorate your origami shark craft, but my vote is for the kinder, gentler more fuzzy feeling shark!
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Make an Origami Shark Bookmark
Supplies Needed for Origami Craft
- Origami Paper (the 6-inch x 6-inch size)
- White Cardstock
- Craft Glue (the clear drying kind)
- Googly Eyes
Step by Step Folding Directions for Origami Shark
- Choose the color of the shark you want to make. I chose a light blue.
- Turn your square origami paper diagonally and fold over so each corner is touching each other. Forming a large triangle (see step 2).
- Take the two pointed sizes and fold them up to form another smaller triangle (see step 3).
- Open up the two sides you just folded and take the top piece of paper and fold it down until it touches the point at the bottom. (see step 4)
- Take the two sides and fold them into the pocket you created in step 4 (see step 5).
- Turn the entire paper upside down and you will have your basic shape finished.
- It’s time to decorate! First, start by cutting out teeth using your scissors and white card stock. Then cut out a triangle for the mouth using another sheet of origami paper. I used a light pink.
- Glue the teeth onto the inside of your face. This is also the time to glue on your googly eyes and mouth piece.
- All that is left to do is cut out a few triangles for the fins. Glue these on and you are done with your Origami Shark Bookmark!
When you are all said and done, it should look something like this…
Next time your kids are reading and need to take a break, have them place their Origami Shark over the page as a bookmark.
He gives the look like he is biting into the pages! So adorable!
More Shark Week Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- Let’s do some more shark crafts for kids!
- We have some really fun 2021 shark week activities for kids!
- Does your child love the shark baby song? Well now they can create their own with this baby shark art kit!
- Check out this jaw-some shark paper plate craft.
- Have fun creating your own hammerhead shark magnet!
- This shark tooth necklace for kids will get you ready for shark week.
- Have a blast with this homemade shark pinata!
- Let’s make a shark drawing! Here is how to draw baby shark & how to draw a shark easy printable drawing tutorials.
- Challenge your little shark lover with this super cute shark puzzle.
- Need more shark week ideas? Take a look at this list of shark craft suggestions.
- Have a fin-tastic dinner with this cute shark mac n cheese!
- Time for dessert! Your family will love this ocean dessert with shark lollipops.
- Need more scary shark week snack ideas?
- Binge shark week shows with these fun shark snacks.
- We have a huge resource for shark week crafts and activities for kids. <–Click here for mega shark fun!
Alrighty! How did your origami shark turn out? Is the origami shark bookmark biting your child’s favorite book?