My two-year-old daughter is not crazy about having paint put on her feet for all of the different adorable footprint crafts. So, when I was putting together our shark activities, I needed to think outside the box a bit to get a shark footprint craft.

The result? A whole family of shark footprints! Which was too perfect since she is currently obsessed with the Baby Shark Dance song.

*Feel free to use actual footprints if your child is into that sort of thing.

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Getting Started

What you’ll need:

  • White cardstock
  • Light blue cardstock or construction paper – we used a 12×12″ piece of scrapbook paper. You may need a larger piece depending on the size of your shark family.
  • Grey washable tempera paint (we actually mixed black and white to make grey from a set of paints)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Googly eyes or markers to make eyes
  • Markers for gills, mouth, and other embellishments. We used Daddy’s fancy metallic paint markers, which are NOT washable. Crayola Ultra Washable Markers will work just fine.
  • Glue stick
  • Other supplies to have on hand: pencil, scissors, newspaper to protect your surface

Create your own Footprint Shark Family

1. Trace each family member’s foot.

2. Cut out the traced feet.

3. Paint each foot with grey paint. Cover completely. Let dry.

4. Glue the painted footprints to a large piece of light blue cardstock or piece of construction paper (we used a 12×12″ sheet of heavy scrapbook paper).

5. Paint fins and let dry.

6. Label sharks, if desired.

7. Add eyes. You can use googly eyes or markers.

8. Add gills and mouth with marker.

9. Embellish the sharks.

10. All done! Admire your work, then proudly hang on the wall.

Have fun! And don’t be afraid to get a little messy.

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