By Noreen Doll.
Shark Attack! can be used in a swimming pool, bathtub, or a bubble tub.
Shark Attack! is easy and fun to make and lots of fun to play with.
Have a pool party and let everyone make their own Shark Attack!
Black Craft Foam
Pool Noodle Board or other flat foam board
2 Plastic Drinking Straws
Black Duct Tape
Knife (for Adults only to use)
How to Make Shark Attack!
1. Make a shark fin pattern on a piece of paper.
2. Trace the shark fin onto black craft foam. Cut it out.
If lots of kids will be making it, trace the shark fin onto cereal box cardboard or other cardboard for a sturdy pattern.
3. Draw a line on one long side of the noodle board to mark a piece 3 to 4 inches wide and about 12 inches long.
Cut it off the board.
4. Mark the center of this strip.
Draw a line lengthwise from the center that is just slightly longer than the shark fin is wide.
5. Use a knife to cut a slit all the way through the strip on the line.
Do NOT cut close to the ends or sides.
6. Cut a straw about 1 inch shorter than the shark fin.
Lay the straw about 1 inch up from the bottom of the shark fin – about in the middle.
Use a piece of black duct tape to attach the straw to the fin. This will help add stability.
7. Cut another straw slightly shorter than the bottom width of the shark fin.
Use another piece of black duct tape to tape the second straw across the bottom of the fin, under the first straw.
Wrap the edge of the duct tape up the front of the fin if necessary.
8. Starting with the point of the fin, insert it gently into the slit,
and pull the whole fin up through the slit until the crosswise straw touches the bottom of the slit.
This straw will keep the fin from going all the way through the slit.
The shark is now ready to attack!!
It’s even more fun if you have bubbles, because they hide the base so all you see is the fin coming after you!
You can use a craft foam glue to glue 2 of the shark fins together into one fin for stability, but the weight of it may keep the fin from being able to stay upright.
CS Calkins says
The one shark attack wee ones will DIG!!! Many thanks for linking up at Home Matters!!!
Michelle Lichter says
Hahaha! I LOVE this, Noreen! what a genius idea, I think all ages will get a kick out of it. Going swimming with my nephews next weekend, am doing it for sure!
Love this! Would be fun to add to a pool!
Lydia C. Lee says
That’s hilarious and super cute!!
Lady Lilith says
This looks like such a fun idea. A few splashing children, and we are headed for tons of water fun.
Brooke of Passport Couture says
What a fun idea! I would have never thought to make shark fins out of foam and straws. 🙂
Mother of 3 says
How fun! We’ll have to make some this summer. Pinned.
Erin Vincent says
Awe, this is such a cute and clever idea!!!! My son would enjoy playing shark attack.
Happy Summer! Oh my the kids would have so much fun with this DIY!! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared See you again soon.
This is so cool! I bet it would make a trip to the lake super fun. Thanks for sharing this creative project.
Cute! Perfect for summer parties! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!