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Shark in the Park

Shark Park Peek

To celebrate Flannel Friday’s celebration of Shark Week I decided to expand my storytelling version of Shark in the Park. It’s one of my most asked for stories with my preschool crowd. I wrote about using my popular “Mr. Shark” puppet in a previous post when I debuted the story. The kids always ask for more, so I decided to add more animals.

Shark Park Board

Here is the original story featuring: cat, bird, dad, shark:

Shark Park AnimalsI added: dog, bat, butterfly, bear, rhino, and bee:


Here’s a video if you’re not familiar with the story. Unfortunately it’s out of print. You can still find small board books, but too small for storytime. I made a canvas felt board for this story.

And, I even made a craft! Just copy this (Shark in the Park Craft) double-sided. Fold in half. Cut out the black part around the shark fin and watch the children shout, “There’s a shark in the park!”

For more shark ideas to use in storytime, check out Rain Makes Applesauce. She’s hosting this week’s Flannel Friday blog hop extravaganza. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.


8 comments on “Shark in the Park

  1. itsybitsymom
    August 13, 2014

    Love everything about the original and your expansion! I’ve got to get moving making a set!

    • mrsshaia
      August 13, 2014

      Thanks. It’s such a fun story. The kids ask for it year round!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! We love SHARK IN THE PARK at my library and our copy is totally beat-up. Making this felt story is a great way to preserve that book so we can use it in our programs!

    • mrsshaia
      August 13, 2014

      The kids love it! It took a a little finesse to sneak the pieces in, but I do it when the kids are looking through their telescopes.

  3. Jane Breen
    August 16, 2014

    Maybe you should let me borrow this!!! Love it. Once again, bravo! ~ jane

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  5. Nicole Pargman
    June 2, 2019

    dou have templates for tracing cat crow dad? pleaseeeeee


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