To celebrate Flannel Friday’s Shark Week I made a sequel to one of my kid’s favorites…Shark in the Dark. Nick Sharratt’s series is out of print and insanely expensive from secondary buyers. So, I decided to make my own story:
I bought a 9 x 12 black canvas board at the craft store. I used felt to create Timothy Pope’s window that he looks out using his telescope.
I used stiffened white glitter felt to cut out the pieces from the book: sailboat, seagull, ice cream, and shark.
With the original Shark in the Park story, the three shapes weren’t enough. The kids kept wanting to guess more, so I made some more up: rhino, star, moon, plane, kite, elephant, and a teddy bear named Corduroy. I always end with Timothy’s teddy, Corduroy, asking Timothy to go bed.
I end the story each time, sneaking the Shark in at the last minute. I hold up the board with the shark and say, “There are no sharks in the dark today.” The kids yell and yell and yell. I shake my head and play it up, until I am startled to see the shark fin. I slowly take the “telescope” away to reveal the shark.
Here’s a video of the original story, Shark in the Park: