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Pop Up Shark

Image of Pop Up Shark

Summer is here and “Jaws” is playing on the reruns. Make your own Pop Up Shark for summer fun. Wouldn’t this be cool to replicate in a large size?

Supplies

Heavyweight paper or cardstock

Sharp Scissors

Instructions

Click on Printables and print out the shark cards on a heavy paper, like card stock or construction paper. We're put all of the illustrated instructions on printable sheets too.

Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the pop-up pieces.

Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted line on the center of the card. Go all the way from the top to the bottom of the card! Color in all the pieces for the shark using markers or crayons.

Carefully cut out the pop-up pieces for the shark following the solid, black lines. DO NOT CUT OUT THE EYES.

Color in all the pieces for the shark using markers or crayons. DO NOT color over the areas marked "glue here." Carefully cut out the shark's card following the solid, black lines.

Take the piece of the shark's head that has the eyes on it and folding along the snout, fold both sides back away from you.

Moving to the right, fold the next section of the head back.

Continue moving to the right and fold the next section of the head back.

Continue moving to the right and fold the tab of the head back.

Lay the shark head on a flat surface and apply a small amount of glue to the tab.

Begin to bring the tab to the other side of the head.

Press the glued tab firmly against the head. Lay the piece completely flat and set aside to dry.

Take the jaw piece and folding along the center line, fold both sides back away from you.

Turn the jaw piece completely over and lay it on a flat surface. Fold both tabs at the bottom all the way up and leave them in this position. Set this piece aside.

Take the shark's fin and folding along the center line, fold both sides back away from you.

Fold the right tab all the way up and then return to its original position.

Fold the left tab all the way up and then return to its original position. Set this piece aside.

Take the shark's card and fold it completely in half along the center line. Open the card up and lay on a flat surface.

Put a small amount of glue ONLY on the upper left area.

Put a small amount of glue ONLY on the upper right area.

Take the shark fin and carefully position over the two glue areas. Press the shark fin into the glue and let dry.

Put a small amount of glue ONLY on the middle left glue area.

Take the flattened shark's head and carefully place the left tab over the glue area. Let the head lay flat against the card with the tab glued. Let dry!

Put a small amount of glue on the remaining tab on the shark's head.

Without letting the shark's head move, carefully begin to close the card. The glued tab will automatically line up with the right side of the card into its position. DO NOT open the card once you've closed it.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LET THIS GLUE DRY! If you try to open the card too soon, the tab will come unglued.

After the glue has dried open the card.

Apply a small amount of glue to the lower left glue area.

Apply a small amount of glue to the lower right glue area.

Take the shark's jaw (with the tab still folded underneath)... and carefully position over the glue areas.

Press the jaw firmly into the card. Let dry!

After the glue has dried, carefully begin to close the card.

Your pop-up shark is hungry and ready for lunch!

Patterns, Templates and Printables

Click on a pattern to open it in a new window

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Contributor

Image of Robert Sabuda
Robert Sabuda

Robert works in his studio in New York City that he shares with his partner, children's book creator Matthew Reinhart. When asked about his work, Robert says, "We love making books. It's hard work but the best part is not having to worry about making a mess. When being an artist is your job, you can make as many messes as you want to!"

2 thoughts on “Pop Up Shark”

  1. isabel says:

    needs more images to show how to do it

What do you think?