Wanted: Pet Shark

Are you a fan of sharks? Shark week has become practically a national holiday it seems. The Sharknado movies are now a franchise. Even if you haven’t seen Jaws, you know the theme song. (I actually taught my daughter to sing the Jaws theme when asked what a shark says). What is it that fascinates us about sharks? Today’s book explores the idea of having a shark as a pet, and how they may not be all that different from the pets we already have!

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Land Shark was written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Ben Mantle. This brightly colored book tells the story of Bobby, a little boy who wants nothing but a shark for his birthday. When his parents surprise him with a puppy instead, Bobby is disappointed because he says shark lovers can never be dog lovers. As the puppy starts to destroy the house and cause lots of mayhem, Bobby starts to warm up to him, but still wants a shark. This hilarious story of how a little boy learns to love the pet that he already has, is full of funny comparisons between dogs and sharks. With clever text and illustrations, parents and kids alike will both find themselves chuckling.

There are so many fun ways to bring this book to life and have some learning fun with sharks and dogs alike.

Reinforcing Skills with Shark Fun

Feed the Shark – This is a fun game that you can adapt for any age or skill level. To create our shark, I cut a mouth shape into one side of a paper plate. I painted the remaining plate blue, and glued construction paper teeth, fins and eyes to it. I then attached my shark to the front of an empty tissue box. You can also attach him to a plastic bag or a small basket. I also cut several small fish shapes out of different colors of construction paper.

Depending on the skill you are working on with your child, you can add letters, numbers, math equations, sight words, or anything else to the fish. Since my daughter is younger, I used different colors and drew different shapes onto the fish. As I called out colors or shapes to her, she had to run around and collect them up to feed to the shark. You could make this more of a challenge by spreading the fish out over a larger area or hiding them around a room. We had a lot of fun playing this game, and she kept asking me to take the fish out so she could play again.

Shark Teeth – This is a great activity for practicing shapes or counting with kids. I created this easy printable with 4 shark heads with open mouths and a shape label on each. Each shark has 10 teeth in matching shapes. You can use this printable to review shapes by having kids match the shape teeth to the correct shark. You can also use this to reinforce counting or number recognition by having kids add a certain number of teeth to the shark, by either giving them a number out loud or writing a number down.

Talking about Sharks

Sharks & Dogs – This book points out some funny similarities between puppies and sharks. This gives you an opportunity to talk to your kids about similarities and differences. Create a list of traits that dogs and sharks both have, as well as traits they don’t share. Print out this Venn Diagram and have kids fill in the circles with the traits. You could also turn this into a game by having kids act out the exercise on an oversized Venn diagram. Create a large Venn diagram in chalk or masking tape and label each circle as either sharks or puppies. As you call out the traits on your list, have kids run to the circle for the animal that has that trait, or run to the center if it is a trait they share.

Creative Writing – This book provides a great opportunity to let your child’s imagination run wild thinking about their dream pet. Encourage kids to think about what type of pet they would want if they could have any pet in the world. Have older kids write about their pet, explaining why they would want it and what life would be like if they got one. For younger kids, ask them questions about their pet and encourage them to talk about what they would do with it. Challenge them to come up with answers to the top problems of keeping their pet. Where would you keep a dinosaur? What would you feed a unicorn? This exercise not only encourages them to use their imagination, but helps them to think deeper about responsibility and consequences.

This book about a little boy and his quest to get a pet shark not only gives kids a chance to imagine, but also provides lots of opportunities to take the learning off the page!

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64 Comments

  • Amber

    August 17, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply

    The shark tooth craft is so fun. We havent read this one yet but will keep an eye out for it!

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

      I hope you do! It is a really cute one!

  • Lily

    August 17, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    This is so cute and looks like so much fun!

  • Heather Montgomery

    August 17, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply

    What a fun craft idea!

  • Lori | Choosing Wisdom

    August 17, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    What a fun story! I love how the underlying moral of the story is to love what we already have. You’ve done a fabulous job of reinforcing the lesson with some fun activities!

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Thank you! It is a really funny book with a very sweet message and we had a lot of fun bringing it to life!

  • Belle

    August 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply

    The shark craft is so cute! I need to do this with my kids!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Eryn

    August 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I love this! It would be perfect for shark week next year! My son is obsessed!

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply

      I’m bummed I hadn’t read this book before shark week! Sharks are so popular this time of year!

  • Joanna Clute

    August 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply

    What an adorable book! Love the craft that goes along with it. We love shark week around our house as well.

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

      Thank you! I definitely recommend the book for young shark lovers!

  • Arushi

    August 17, 2017 at 11:34 pm Reply

    I love the art on the book. Looks great will save it for my son . Thanks for sharing

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

      I hope he enjoys it! The illustrations are so fun!

  • Katherine

    August 18, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply

    Love it… We’re super into sharks over here! The twins have a shark toy for the bath and find it hilarious if I do the jaws music, lol.

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! My daughter loves her tub shark toys too. I definitely recommend checking the book out!

  • Safia

    August 18, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    That’s such I cool idea! I haven’t read this one, but it looks like great fun.

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      It is a really fun book!

  • Meagan

    August 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Great shark themed activities! With my boyfriend’s obsession with sharks I am sure the baby will learn to love them too.

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

      Thanks! I definitely recommend it! It is a very cute book.

  • Nicole Banuelos

    August 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

    This is so adorably cute!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Cindy Hemming

    August 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

    This book looks super cute. You have great extension activities! Would love to steal some for my Kindergaten class! 🙂

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

      I hope you do and that you have fun with them!

  • Sarah Frank

    August 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness this is adorable! I’ve never read this book but I definitely want to now!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you check it out and enjoy it!

  • Emily | The Multitasking Mom

    August 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I love the shark eating activity since you can adapt it to whatever you are working on with your kids!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

      I love activities that you can share with the whole family and use to practice multiple skills!

  • Shell

    August 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm Reply

    What an adorable little book to read to my little boy! And the craft is super cute too! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 10:47 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you check it out! It is a very cute book!

  • Vanessa

    August 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Teaching the love of reading, interactions + creative writing… what more to ask. Thanks for the review

    • Vicki

      August 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had fun with it!

  • Katie

    August 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Such a cute craft! My kids love making creative projects

    • Vicki

      August 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you try this one and enjoy it!

  • Ghastly Girl

    August 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply

    This is so cute! I love the ideas you have to supplement this book!

    • Vicki

      August 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with this one!

  • Rebecca Hicks

    August 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    These ideas are sooo cute! I love the shark games- that’s perfect for summer, and I love how you tied them into the book. So fun!

    • Vicki

      August 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with that shark game! She keeps asking if she can feed the shark.

  • Jenni Petrey

    August 21, 2017 at 6:26 am Reply

    Love this, have pinned it so that I can come back to it. I think my kids at work would just love this.

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      I hope they do!

  • Jiya B

    August 21, 2017 at 6:42 am Reply

    Such a lovely activity with shark. I will try this Shark fun activity at my home with kids.

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it!

  • Nicole

    August 21, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply

    I love these ideas. They would be so fun to do with my 3 and 5 year old girls.

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply

      I hope you try them out together!

  • Niki @ Toot's Mom is Tired

    August 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply

    So cute! I love Bookroo. I need to resubscribe. I stopped for a bit so we could save some money, but she’s been wanting to read the ones we got from them over and over!

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

      It’s so fun to have great books delivered to your home!

  • Marina

    August 22, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply

    Soooo cute!!! Love this idea, I have a 4 year old who would as well!

    • Vicki

      August 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you try it out!

  • Lisa

    August 22, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

    This is so cool! My kids will love this!!

  • Mich

    August 22, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

    The DIY shark painted in blue with all the cut out fishes are so cute. I’ll try to make one for my toddler too for surw he will like it

    • Vicki

      August 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply

      I hope you do, and I hope he has fun with it!

  • Breyona Sharpnack

    August 22, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply

    Such a cute story and adorable craft! My kiddos are obsessed with sharks so I plan to check this one out on our next trip to the library!

    • Vicki

      August 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

      I hope they like it! We had a lot of fun with this one!

  • KD HARRIS

    August 22, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply

    This looks so fun and very creative. 😊

    • Vicki

      August 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Ana

    August 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I will be adding the shark craft to my lessons for my toddler! He would love this, thank you!

    • Vicki

      August 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope he enjoys it!

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  • Alexandra

    August 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

    these are such fun ideas! i love the idea of making crafts based off of books we’re reading, will definitely have to do this for my son!

    • Vicki

      August 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with this book!

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses

    August 24, 2017 at 12:10 am Reply

    That craft idea is so cute!

    • Vicki

      August 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun feeding the shark!

  • Nakeya

    August 28, 2017 at 5:43 am Reply

    I love the shark crafts. So much fun.

    • Vicki

      August 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it!

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