Shark week

Opening Ceremony’s

Poop Deck is one of my favorite games – and it’s perfect for this theme. Create three areas/squares large enough for the whole group that is playing. The middle area is the “Main Deck”. The other two areas are either the “poop Deck” or the “Quarter Deck”. Everyone starts in the main deck. The leader calls out either “poop deck” or “quarter deck”. Everyone rushes to the appropriate deck. The last person to step across the line is out of the game. Play continues until only the winner remains. If the leader calls out the deck on which everyone is standing, anyone who steps across the line is out.

Huddle Group Activities

Questions for the day: In the group to find out about the children.

  1. How can we work together in the big blue sea?
  2. How sharks teeth are sharp, how do we not hurt our fellow sharks?
  3. How do we learn from our mistakes and bounce back just like sharks teeth grow back?
  4. What do beaches do to keep them safe from Sharks? How do we do to keep our environment safe?
  5.  What have you done for your environment this week?




Oh, they built the ship Titanic to sail the ocean blue, and they thought they had a ship

That the water wouldn’t go through, but the good lord raised his hand, said “The ship would never land”. It was sad when the great ship went down, down, down.

It was sad, so sad,
It was sad, too bad,
It was sad when the great ship went down to the bottom of the sea
Uncles and aunts little children lost their parents, It was sad when the great ship went down, down, down.

They were nearing to the shore, when the water began to pour. And the rich refused to associate with the poor, so they sent them down below where they’d be the first to go. It was sad when the great ship went down, down, down.


Lady Astor turned around just to see her husband drown, as the ship Titanic made a gurgling sound. So she wrapped herself in mink, as the ship began to sink. It was sad when the great ship when down, down, down.


Now the moral of the story is very plain to see, you should wear a life preserver when you go out to sea. The Titanic never made it and never more shall be. It was sad when the great ship went down, down, down.

Kerplunk, it sunk to the bottom of the sea (Hold Sea for length of normal refrain)

Baby Shark

Baby shark do do, do do do do
Baby shark do do, do do do do
Baby shark do do, do do do do
Baby shark

Repeat with using appropriate actions
Mama Shark
Papa Shark
Grandma Shark
Surfer Dude
Went for a Swim
Lost a Leg
Lost an Arm
It’s not working
As a Baby Shark
Mama Shark
Papa Shark
Grandma Shark
That’s the End

Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea

There’s a hole, there’s a hole
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea

There’s a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea

Repeat and add:
Bump on the log
Frog on the bump
Wart of the frog
Fly on the wart
Flea on the fly

There’s a flea on the fly on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a flea on the fly on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea


Three Fishies Song

Down in a meadow in an itty-bitty pool
Swam three little fishies and a mama fishie too
“Swim,” said the mama fishie. “Swim if you can.”
And they swam and they swam
Right over the dam
Boom-boom fishie-fishie
Why don’t you?
Boom-boom fishie-fishie
Why don’t you?
Boom-boom fishie-fishie
Why don’t you?
And they swam and they swam
Right over the dam

“Look,” said the mama fishie. “Look at that whale!”
Quick as they could they turned on their tails
Back to the meadow in the itty-bitty pool
And they swam and they swam
Right over the dam
Boom-boom fishie-fishie
Why don’t you?
Boom-boom fishie-fishie
Why don’t you?
Boom-boom fishie-fishie
Why don’t you?
And they swam and they swam
Right over the dam

Three Fisherman

There were three jolly fisherman,
There were three jolly fisherman,
Fisher, fisher-men, men, men,
Fisher, fisher-men, men, men,
There were three jolly fisherman.

The first one’s name was Abraham,
The first one’s name was Abraham,
Abra, Abra, ham, ham, ham,
Abra, Abra, ham, ham, ham,
The first one’s name was Abraham.

The second one’s name was
I-sak, (Etc.)

The third one’s name was
Ja-cob, (etc.)

They all went up to Jericho,
Jeri-cho, (Etc.)

They all went to
Amster-shh, (Etc.)

We mustn’t say that
naughty word, (Etc)

We’re going to say it
Anyway (Etc)

They all went to
Amsterdam… (Etc)

Camp Art Projects

Seashell Wind Chimes


  1. Glue each shell to the end of a short piece of yarn. Use liquid white glue.

    2. Let dry overnight.

    3. Punch eight holes equally spaced on the top of a plastic coffee-can lid. Use a sharp pencil or a paper punch.

    4. Hold the lid with the rim facing up. Push the eight pieces of yarn through the eight holes of the underside of the lid.

    5. Tie the end of each piece of yarn in a large knot. Make the knot bigger than the hole so the yarn will not slip through.

    6. Punch two more holes on opposite edges of the lid.

    7. Push one end of a large piece of yarn from the top of the lid through one hole. It should come out on the underside of the chime.

    8. Tie a large knot.

    9. Push the other end of the yarn through the other hole and knot it.

    10. Hang the chime on the branch of a tree or in your window.


8 seashells (available from the beach, or at craft supply stores); 1 plastic coffee-can lid; knitting yarn scraps; liquid white glue; sharp pencil or paper punch.


The Seashell wind chime will make a lovely sound when the wind blows through it.

Ship Mobile


  1. Bend out hook on one hanger, insert one hanger through the other and twist the tops together.

    2. Glue toothpick across top centers of the walnut shell halves.

    3. Cut little Sails from construction paper.

    4. Glue the Sails to the center of the toothpicks.

    5. Use thread for rigging.

    6. Attach ships to the hangers using yarn or fishing line.


Walnut shell halves; Toothpicks; Construction Paper; Yarn or fishing line; Glue; Wire; Hangers.


Easy to make mobile


Yarn Octopus


  1. Cut 24 (12 inch or 30 cm) long pieces of yarn (yarn color number 1). Lie the yarn on a flat surface so that it looks like the spokes of a wheel, and so that the yarn intersects with each other in the center of the wheel.

    2. Put a small ball of cotton, a little bigger than the size of a Ping-Pong ball in the center of the wheel. Gather up the pieces of yarn around the cotton and tie them with a piece of another color of yarn (yarn color number 2).

    3. Separate the yarn into groups of three, and braid them. Tie each braid at the end with a piece of yarn color number 2. You should then end up with 8 braids.

    4. Glue two wiggle eyes onto the yarn surrounding the ball of cotton. Use either yarn or felt to make a mouth for your octopus and glue it on.


Two different colors of yarn Small ball of cotton Glue Wiggle eyes Felt, optional Ruler Scissors Glue


Cool craft that you can play with


Materials: A clean, empty two-liter plastic bottle with a cap, clear vegetable oil, water, a funnel, blue food coloring, shells and sea creatures (available from craft stores- be sure to use lightweight items that float), one teaspoon of glitter, white craft glue and a hot glue gun (to be used ONLY by staff or supervised by staff at all times).

Fill bottle halfway with water.

  • Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix.
  • Add glitter and sea creatures/shells and then fill bottle the rest of the way with vegetable oil using a funnel.
  • Make sure that cap and rim are dry— and then apply white glue around the rim and seal cap.
  • Use a layer of hot glue around the outside edge of the cap for additional protection from leakage.
  • Turn the bottle on its side to create a wave in this ocean habitat! From Kids domain website


SWIMMING FISH… (A craft and science in one!)

  1. Fill a large plastic soft drink bottle about one quarter full with water.
    2. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and a very small drop of liquid detergent.
    3. Pour in a small amount of clean sand or aquarium gravel. Blow up two small balloons, release most of the air, then tie the ends closed. Push the balloons into the bottle and screw the cap on tightly. When you have finished, you will have a fish tank with two bobbing “fish” inside.
    4. The fish will swim in the water by holding the bottle sideways and rocking it back and forth. You may just discover that each child will want one of their own.


Gather different items such as a variety of cans, coins, pencil, etc. and a large bowl of water. Small aquariums are good for this. Clear plastic tubs also work.

Have the children make predictions of what they think will happen. Will it sink or will it float? Have the children take turns dropping each individual item and discussing the results…

Paper Plate Shark Craft

Our craft today, started with D (age 8), fringing the edge of a folded paper plate, in triangles.

shark bottle 1

Then folding them down, to make a shark’s jaw.

shark bottle 3

As he colored the outside gray, he was trying to figure out how to attach google eyes, without making the tooth-filled mouth, look like a crab, or too much like his monster mouth craft.

Finally, he decided it needed a body. So, I cut a simple fish-like outline, from blue construction paper, while he worked on drawing, and cutting out, a small snack for his friend.

Then glued the pieces together and added a few final touches.

Shark Craft

  • Materials

This is a great craft to supplement a story about sharks, or an instructional ocean lesson plan. It is versatile because, for beginner kindergartners with fewer skills, the teacher can have all the pieces cut ahead of time and students just have to follow instructions in gluing and assembling their sharks. For advanced or later year students this craft can be used as a lesson in shapes and cutting.

  • Materials depend on the age of students & procedure followed.
    • blue construction paper & white paper
    • pencils
    • scissors
    • glue sticks
    • black crayon or marker
    • template (see the images at the end)
  • Directions

See the illustrated example at the end for guidelines and a template.

  • If the craft is geared toward early kindergartners, the teacher should have one body, one left & right fin, six teeth, and one of each of the two eye pieces, which should be pre-cut for each student.
  • If the kindergarten art lesson plan is geared toward more skilled kindergarten students, the teacher should have students cut out the pieces of their template. Each child should receive a sheet of blue or grey construction paper and a small piece of white paper. They will use a pencil to trace their template pieces on the construction paper and cut them out.
  • When students have all the sections of their shark ready:
    1. Students should first fold their shark head down over the body. (see the template for the guideline)
    2. They should then open the head back up and glue their six teeth along the top of the rounded edge on the front of their shark. As they are gluing, the teeth will be pointing straight up. The teacher can instruct students that it looks like they are gluing little mountains across the top of the world.
    1. After the teeth are glued, they should re-fold the head down. The teacher may have students glue the head down, or leave it so that there is a flap.
    2. Students will then attach the left and right fin. Students will put glue along the straight edge of the left fin and then stick it to the back, left side of their shark body. Repeat for the right fin on the right side.
    3. In this step, the children should glue their shark eyes (the bigger piece) to the top of their folded down head. They will use their glue stick to put a line of glue along the bottom edge, and stick it to the back of their shark. Once it is attached they can put glue on the back of the white portion of the eyes, and stick it to the blue eye outline at the top.
    4. With a marker or crayon, have students draw eyeballs in the whites of the eyes, and nose holes in the area above the teeth.
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Alternate Thoughts & Ideas

  • Students can write their name on the shark’s belly or the teacher can have students paste information they learn about the ocean or sharks there. They can also use the belly to glue paper fish that the shark might eat. This could be incorporated into an art lesson using the “Rainbow Fish” book.
  • If construction paper is not an option or for a quicker project, the teacher can give each student a template, and have them complete the craft with crayons, scissors, and glue. The students would color their shark, cut out the pieces and assemble. They would use the tooth template and paper scraps to cut out the extra teeth.
  • The teacher might have students label the different shark body parts, directly onto the shark.


  • Template & Illustrated Example


Fish CD Rom Craft

Thanks to Sandra for the following great idea:  “I have 3 girls aged 6,8 &10 and we use your site frequently. Just wanted to pass on an idea with regards to the cd ROM crafts. My older girls did the fish but instead of decorating it with the paper we used their nail polish.  They painted on wavy lines and polka dots etc. The colors are nice and bright and shiny when it dries.”  

cd rom fish


  • old CD (ask mom and dad first)
  • something to color with (for B&W version)
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • paper,
  • printer


  • Print out the template.
  • Color (B&W version).
  • Cut out the pieces.
  • Glue template pieces to the CD to form a fish (circle to cover the CD, tail on the back, fins on the top and bottom, eyes on the face and heart shaped mouth on the front).


  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).


Jellyfish Coffee Filter Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Thanks so much to Louise for sharing this idea with us!


I love coffee filter projects.  It’s so neat watching the colors blend together!


coffee filter

clear plastic cup

markers or pens

tissue paper (or wool/string)

clear tape


leave the coffee filter intact and color with pens, wet and then dry.

thread some string throught the base of a plastic/paper cup so it hangs upside down, and then thread the string thought the base of the coffee filter so it hangs upside down over (and hiding ) the cup.

Cut long thin streamers of tissue paper (or use wool or string) and stick around the base of the cup and coffee filter to make the tentacles



Octopus Sock Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

The project requires either sewing or hot glue skills.  A child of age 9 or so could do the project with adult supervision.  Younger children can help stuff the project and would love to receive it as a gift from an older sibling, parent or grandparent.

You could put in rice instead of stuffing to make this more of a beanbag.

This is a terrific first sewing project for children.  If using it as such, I recommend having the children sew the body pieces together using a running stitch or a blanket stitch and then glue the remaining pieces together.  I would fill with pillow stuffing instead of rice … stuffing won’t leak out as easily if the child didn’t keep their stitches tight enough.

Pam, from the Cornerstone Academy, adds:  The socktopus can also be used as a door stop if a few clean rocks are intermingled with stuffing.


one old sock (adult size)

  • two pieces felt  (legs) – we used pink
  • one scrap black felt  (mouth).
  • small piece fun foam or thick cardboard
  • two wiggly eyes.
  • hot glue OR sewing machine OR needle and thread
  • Pillow stuffing, cotton balls or toilet paper (or uncooked rice if you prefer a bean bag).
  • scissors,
  • scotch tape
  • printer and paper


  • Print out the template (see the bottom of this page).
  • Cut out the template pieces.
  • Scotch tape the body template to one of the pieces of felt.
    • Cut the shape from the felt
    • I scotch tape templates onto felt instead of pinning them as I find it easier…  It doesn’t “buckle” as much.  It’s very easy to just pull any tape off the felt after cutting
    • Make sure you scotch tape liberally!
  • Repeat with the second piece of felt.
  • Scotch tape the mouth to the black felt and cut out.
  • Scotch tape the bow pieces to a scrap of the main body felt and cut out.
  • Scotch tape the circle to the fun foam or cardboard and cut out.
  • Cut the toe area off the sock to act as your socktopus’s head… 4 to 5 inches of the sock.
  • Stuff the sock
  • Insert the circle into the open end of the sock and hot glue the edges of the sock to it.  This makes a flat area to attach the sock to the legs.
  • Put the two legs pieces together and hot glue them, leaving a space at the top to add stuffing.
    •  I actually glued the legs one at a time, let them sit for 2 minutes and then stuffed the leg before gluing the next leg.
    • I used an unsharpened pencil to poke the stuffing into the leg
  • If you’re hot gluing, do a 2 to 4-inch section at a time (so the glue doesn’t harden on you).
    • The less experienced you are with hot glue, the shorter the section should be.
    • I usually have my daughter use a Popsicle stick to press pieces together without getting any of the heated glue on her skin…  I just use my fingers.
    • My 9-year-old daughter has been able to use my “low temp craft glue gun” with supervision for a couple of years.
  • Fill with rice or small beans (a funnel or a home made funnel made of paper will help with the pouring).  Sew or glue the hole shut.
  • Glue the sock body onto the legs.
  • Glue the mouth onto the head.
  • Glue on the wiggly eyes.
  • Optional:  Glue the bow on her head


  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
  • You need to print both templates

Crew Service Projects

      1. A Group cleans up each day after lunch
      2. A Group cleans up each day after craft
      3. If you have a creek you can go; clean up the creek
      4. Clean up the camp (recycling projects)



Balloon Catapault


Divide the group into equal teams. Partially fill the balloon with water and give each team a balloon. The team members sit down in straight lines. On “GO”, the first person on each team places the balloon between his feet and, using only his feet, passes the balloon over his head to the next person in line, who receives the balloon, using only his feet. The relay continues until the balloon has reached the last team member (if the balloon falls, it is returned to the first person in line so that the relay can begin again). If the balloon breaks, the team is given a new one!
The first team to successfully pass the balloon to the end of the line wins.


  • Water Balloons

Balloon Baseball


Players are divided into two teams. Each team designates a pitcher who pitches to his own team. Each batter gets two pitches to hit a balloon with his fist. If the ball is hit, the fielding team tries to blow the balloon to the ground before the batter runs around the bases. If they do not, a run is scored. Play continues until everyone on the batting team has been “up to bat”. Then, the inning is over and teams switch places. The game continues for a specified number of innings.

NOTE: Depending on the age of the players, the distance between bases may be altered.


  • Balloon
  • Base markers


Crocodile Race

Form teams of 4 – 10 players.

Each team stands in a straight line.

One person is the leader and all of the others on the team need to put their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.

Then the team should crouch down, forming the crocodile.

The different crocodile’s then races out to a point and back or whatever adventurous, but safe, idea you can come up with

Dead Fish

What do Dead Fish do? Exactly… nothing! Explain that the rules are to be the best Dead Fish by being as “lifeless” as they can. Give them a few seconds to get all the wiggles and laughs out. As soon as you start, walk around and tag people ‘out’ that are moving or laughing. Allow those that are out to help you by trying to get people to laugh and respond.

Dr. Octopus

Choose an “It” to be your octopus.
Then choose a doctor.
When you say, “Go,” the campers run from one side of the field or court to the other. If they are tagged by the octopus they sit down are are out until tagged by the doctor.

The game ends when everyone is tagged, including the doctor. The last person to be tagged is the new octopus.


Great for a hot day. Played the same as Duck-duck-goose, but instead of touching the heads of those not picked they have a little bit of water from a cup dropped on their head. The person picked gets the rest of the cup poured on their head.

Otters and Clams Tag

Set up a flat playing area with boundaries big enough for the entire group to run in without causing injury.

Choose three players to be otters. The rest of the players are clams. Tell the otters to count to 20 and then they start to chase after the clams.

When one of the otters tags a clam the clam becomes frozen and shouts “Help the clam!” They remain frozen until 2 people stand around the clam joining hands and say “Free the clams!” This unfreezes the person and they are back in the game.

Note: The otters cannot tag players who are unfreezing another player. That being said, players cannot stand with their arms linked around another player waiting because they do not want to be tagged. Game play must continue quickly.

Play until everyone is tagged and frozen or if it looks like everyone needs a break!

Go Fish!


Form 3 teams (or more for larger groups).

Campers give their group a name and select a leader.

The leaders pull cards that have ocean objects written or drawn on them (important to have the name of the object on it). The cards are handed out to each team member.

Each team takes turns conferencing and deciding what object to call for, and from what team

The first team yells out, “Team __ do you have any__” If there are any members of that team with that card they must run to a base (wall or spot on the floor) before being tagged by any member of the calling team.

If there are no members of that team with the object called for than team members yell, “Go fish!” and all team members from non-calling teams run for the base.

If you get tagged you go to the other team. The game continues until one team has all members.


Pre-made object cards suggestions for objects:

  • seaweed
  • coral
  • sea horse
  • shark
  • whale
  •  urchin


Be the team with the most members

Poop Deck

With a large rope (or use a square in the dirt or whatever you can find) make a large oval or rectangle.

Assign each side what it is called (port, starboard, aft, bow). The inside of the circle is the poop deck. Call out a side or poop deck and the kids have to get there as fast as they can. The last one there has to sit out (or some other physical activity). If you give the order of “captain on deck” the entire group has to stand at attention while saluting. If they move at all before you say “at ease” then again they sit out.

Shark and Octopus Tag

Everyone begins the game as an octopus and stands on one side of the playing field.

One person is chosen to be a shark and they will stand in the middle of the playing field. Play begins when the shark calls out, “Octopus, Octopus, swim in my ocean!”

All players must run across the playing field trying to get to the other side without getting tagged by the shark. Anyone who is tagged must sit down where they are tagged. They now become the shark’s helpers.

When the shark calls out “Octopus, Octopus, swim in my ocean!” again, the players will try to run back to the other side. Anyone who runs within arm’s reach of the sitting players and gets tagged must sit down. The game continues until there is only one person left.

Sharks and Minnows

The group starts out on one side of the field or room with one person in the middle of the room.

The person in the middle will call out sharks (boys) or minnows (girls). He will then specify how he wants them to cross the room (running, backwards, hop on one foot etc…).

It will then chase in the same manner that he called out. If one of the sharks or minnows are tagged they sit right where they were tagged and become seaweed.

This seaweed has to stay on their backsides, but they can tag other that is crossing as long as they are sitting. If tagged by seaweed the participants become seaweed as well.



All but the shark sit around the parachute holding it to their waist with legs under parachute. The shark under the parachute crawls around and pulls screaming people by the legs under the parachute. Once under they become sharks.

Ship Shore

Ship/Shore is similar to Simon Says.
There is one person that is IT (a.k.a. Simon). IT stands at the front of the group and calls out commands that the rest of the campers must do. If a camper does the wrong action, or if it is an action that requires them to get into groups and there is a person without a group, then they are out.

Some of the actions are:
‘Ship’ all campers move towards the ship (one side of the playing field)
‘Shore’ all campers move towards the shore (the opposite side of the playing field)
‘Man overboard’ 2 person action. One person gets down on hands and knees. The other person puts one foot on the back of the person on the ground and shades their eyes like they are looking into the distance for someone.
‘Crows nest’ 3 person action. 3 campers get together with their backs towards each other and lock arms.
‘Captain’s coming’. Each person must salute. Campers can’t move from ‘captains coming’ until IT calls ‘at ease’. If a player moves, they are out. (similar to in Simon Says when IT says ‘jump up and down’ rather than ‘Simon says up and down’)
‘At ease’. All campers put their hands at their sides and can continue when the next action is called.
‘Hit the deck’. All campers lay down on their bellies.
‘Three men in a boat’. 3 campers get together in a line and squat. They must act like they are rowing a boat while they sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.
‘Octopus’. Campers must lay on their backs with their arms and feet waving in the air.


Sponge Relay

Divide the campers into two teams and have them line up behind a starting line. Each team gets a small empty bucket and a large sponge. At the finish line, place two larger buckets filled with water. Tell the campers that on the word go, the first person in line must run to his/her team’s water bucket, dunk the sponge in, run back with it and squeeze all the water from the sponge into the team’s empty bucket. They then pass the sponge to the next person, and so on until one team fills up their empty bucket with water. That team wins.

Just before you say go, stop and tell the campers that, wait, there is one more rule! The wet sponges must be carried ABOVE their heads as they run back from the water buckets. They will get wet and have fun!

Two teams; Field; Water Noodles (used to float in pools – you can find them at a dollar store)- enough cut in half and able to give one half to every player. I use 8 in one color and 8 in another color for teams – making to 2 teams of 16, but any number will do; Whiffle ball

Use water noodle as “hockey stick”. Same rules as hockey or soccer. The kids love this because using the water noodle takes the athleticism out of the game. Everyone is laughing as they try to hit the ball. For a greater challenge put 2 or 3 balls into play!

Water Noodle Hockey

Two teams; Field; Water Noodles (used to float in pools – you can find them at a dollar store)- enough cut in half and able to give one half to every player. I use 8 in one color and 8 in another color for teams – making to 2 teams of 16, but any number will do; Whiffle ball

Use water noodle as “hockey stick”. Same rules as hockey or soccer. The kids love this because using the water noodle takes the athleticism out of the game. Everyone is laughing as they try to hit the ball. For a greater challenge put 2 or 3 balls into play!


What Time is it Blue Whale

Basically the same as what time is it Mr.Wolf, but with a hose. The person who is “It” has the hose, with the help of a counselor. The campers say what time is it blue whale until they reach the IT person. Then the IT person says “spray time!” Whoever they soak is now it.

NOTE – the IT person must spray below the waist because water in the face hurts.


Large Field, a hose, and kids wanting to get soaked.



Campers Choice

Free choice groups Having at least 3 choices each day!

  1.    An Art
  2.    A sport
  3.   stem activity

Closing Ceremony’s

  • Possibly journals
  • Lanyard and buttons
  • Teaser for the next day
  • Songs
  • End to the theme (on Friday)
  • Preview for the next week