Book of the Week: Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton


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If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

Shark Vs. Train is the perfect (PERFECT) book for active little boys, especially because toy sharks and trains are so common–perfect after-reading play! There are so many great shark crafts to do thanks to Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, and below is a cute craft for safe Shark Vs. Train play!

Shark Puppet

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Materials:

  • paper plates
  • red paper
  • white paper
  • blue & gray paint/colored pencils/markers
  • scissors and glue

Steps:

1. Cut a red piece of paper into a circle just a little bit smaller than the paper plate and glue onto the surface of the plate.

2. Fold the paper plate in half and paint/color the outside pale blue. This is the body of your shark!

3.  Take another plate and fold in half. Cut down the middle, leaving slightly more on one side.

4. Cut open the folded side about half an inch on the bigger half of the plate you just cut in half.

5. Leaving the half a plate folded, fold out the cut edge to the end of the slot you just cut, creating flaps to glue to the body of the shark. There’s your fin!

6. Paint the outside of the fin blue or gray and glue it so it stays folded.

7. Glue the fin to the top of the shark body with curved end facing forward (see photo).

8. Using the white paper, cut two gravestone-shaped pieces and draw eyes. Fold the straight end back to create flaps and glue to the front of your shark body.

9. Cut triangles out of white paper for teeth and glue to the edge of mouth.

Train Toy

Egg Carton Train

Materials:

  • paper egg carton
  • cotton balls
  • paint in a few different colors + black
  • brown construction paper
  • glue

Steps:

1. Cut lid off egg carton and cut it down the middle (creating two strips of 6 egg compartments).

2. Cut a compartment off the the end of the strip and trim down so just the bottom bowl-like part remains.

3. Turn the carton upside down and glue the compartment you just trimmed to the compartment on the end of the strip to create a smokestack.

4. Paint any way you like! The engine (compartment with smokestack) is traditionally black (see photo).

5. Glue cotton balls into the smokestack.

6. Cut the brown construction paper into long strips and circles and glue to the sides of the train to create wheels.

 

 

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