I decided to make a pop-up shark book for Pip to do some mark making in because we’ve had a bit of a sea creature theme recently, plus she’s a bit obsessed with the Baby Shark song. She gave me a nice toothy shark grin when she saw it, so I think it was a hit!
Pip is only two so I made it for her, but older children can certainly have a go at making this shark book. It’s a simple book making activity, just a matter of folding and cutting a piece of A4 paper. This design can be adapted to create different pop-out shapes, depending on what your children are interested in. See my pop-up butterfly book for another example.
Here’s how to make a pop-up shark book.
- Fold a piece of A4 paper in half twice, creating 4 equal panels.
2. Fold in half from left to right. Draw two diagonal lines as pictured (these form the shark’s body).
3. Cut along the lines then push back to create a fold.
4. Ensure the shark folds the opposite way to the book, so it pops out when opened.
5. Illustrate your shark, leaving space for writing.
6. Create a front cover.
I’m a big fan of book making activities. They are fun, inexpensive and a great way to inspire children to write about a range of topics. You can easily adapt many of my book making ideas to create books that follow your children’s interests.