Looking for a fun and educational way to teach your kids about sharks? Look no further than these ten shark stories for kids!
Sharks are one of the most feared creatures in the ocean, but they also happen to be some of the coolest.
Check out these shark stories that will keep your kids entertained while teaching them a thing or two about these amazing fish.
Each of these tales is packed with information about these amazing creatures, while also being entertaining and engaging. Which one will you add to your shark activities for kids?
Shark Week Activities for Kids
Every summer, kids look forward to Shark Week with excitement. They love learning about these fascinating creatures and cheering on their favorite shark species.
There are plenty of ways to make Shark Week fun for kids of all ages. Here are just a few ideas:
• Visit a local aquarium or zoo that has sharks on display. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different shark species and see them up close. Then, print out a fun Shark Facts memory matching game to learn more about them.
• Attend a shark-themed movie night. Pop some popcorn and watch shark cartoons with your younger children or newer releases Shark Tale with your older kids. For an extra dose of fun, add in shark-themed snacks like gummy sharks or goldfish crackers.
• Play some shark-themed games. There are lots of great options out there, from card games to active outdoor games. This is a great way to get the whole family involved in the fun.
Shark Week is a great time to learn more about these amazing creatures. With a little creativity, it can also be a lot of fun for kids of all ages.
Facts About Sharks for Kids
Sharks are some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. Though they have a reputation for being dangerous, they are actually quite shy and only attack humans when they feel threatened.
Here are some fun facts about these amazing animals:
• Sharks come in all shapes and sizes. The smallest shark is the dwarf lanternshark, which is only about 6 inches long. The largest shark is the whale shark, which can grow up to 40 feet in length!
• Sharks have keen senses of smell and hearing. They can also detect electrical fields, which helps them to find prey.
• Sharks are predators, but they also play an important role in balancing the ecosystem by keeping populations of other animals in check.
Though they are often feared, sharks are truly amazing creatures. By learning more about them, we can help to dispel myths and misunderstanding about these important animals.
Free Printable Shark Activities
These fun and educational printables are perfect for use alongside any shark stories or books you may be reading to your little one.
From dot-to-dot pages to mazes and more, there’s plenty to keep your child busy and learning while enjoying some shark fun.
- Fun Facts About Sharks for Kids (with a aree memory matching game!)
- Shark Connect the Dot Printables
- Clark the Shark Printables
- Shark Printable Activity Pages for Kids
- Life Cycle of a Shark for Kids
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities
Add some shark figures to your pretend play area or your science area so kids can explore the different types of sharks you teach them about.
When you add a shark anatomy model to your science center, kids can get up close and personal with all the parts of a shark – inside and out!
Shark Stories for Kids
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess.
Clark loves life and always means well—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark's teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down.
Stella the shark loves to collect trinkets and treasures.
One day she enlists the help of an orca and an octopus to help her find the ‘Rose of the Sea’.
When they find the jewels in an old shipwreck, will she keep them all for herself or will she discover the joy in sharing?
Walter had spent all summer counting down the days to the first day of school. He couldn’t wait to make new shark friends and finally swim into his classroom for the first time.
But the first class picture of the year changes everything. Walter realizes there is one BIG difference between him and his shark classmates.
After his discovery, Walter spends his day trying anything he can think of to blend in with the other sharks, only to learn that the things that make us feel like we don’t fit in are the very things that make us stand out.
Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures.
But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn't think women should be scientists.
After Keats and Henry lose their bikes, they need money--fast. So the help-wanted ad at the supermarket seems ideal for them.
All they have to do is weed Hallway House's garden, find some light bulbs in the attic, sweep the garage . . . and battle a shark-headed zombie.
But no one told them about the giant bookworms in the library, the toe-biting carpet in the halls, and the kitchen sinkhole!
Jack and Annie are going on vacation! Or so they think. Teddy, the young sorcerer, has promised them a relaxing time off the coast of Mexico.
The magic tree house whisks them away to a beautiful sandy beach, and Jack and Annie are ready to raft on the ocean waves.
But when a hungry shark attacks, their dream vacation turns into a nightmare!
Koli is a great white pup born into the ocean world to explore and live on his own. He learns valuable lessons about what to eat and the dangers of venturing deep into the ocean before he is ready to fend for himself.
This factually based fictional book allows children to learn about the great white shark while connecting with a lovable character.
Sharks lose teeth all the time! But Little Shark hasn't lost a single tooth...yet.
And then Big Shark can't find his missing teeth that he's collected. Where could they be?
Oona loves to share her inventions with her friends. They’re big and bold and LOUD—just like her! But there’s one underwater creature who doesn’t seem to enjoy Oona’s company, or her creations.
Stanley the shark! He doesn’t care for her squeaky unicorn. And he’s far too busy for the Sea Horse Carousel. And oh GOODNESS! Oona’s latest hopping, chopping, and popping inventions just make him angry.
Oona may not know what Stanley likes, but she does know what he doesn’t. And maybe that’s a good place to start. Because mermaids never stop trying…not when there’s a friend out there to make.
Sharks are amazing creatures and there is so much to learn about them. These ten shark stories are sure to entertain your kids while teaching them a thing or two about these incredible fish.
Shark week might be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. What shark activity will you try first?