Homemade Shark Ball Toss Game

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I love this time of the year.  My kids are doing some camps plus our church has VBS (Vacation Bible Study) so my older son and I volunteer while my little ones participate in the program. This year our theme was ” Ocean Commotion” which is geared to the flood. 


The kids did several water related activities, ate themed snacks as well as water related crafts. Two of their crafts were my favorite (one I am sharing now, the other will come shortly).  I typically do not save all my kids crafts because with 6 kids it would be too much so I either take photo’s of them or save my favorites for awhile, some I will not throw away.   


The craft I am sharing is not just a craft but it is a toy.  It will not just sit on the shelf and collect dust but it will get played (yes, I have even played with it). 

Shark, Paddle Ball

Materials needed:

One 16.9 fl. oz. plastic water bottle with top

1 12 Inch piece of elastic string (approximately 1/16″ in diameter)

1 small rubber bouncy ball 

White or blue tissue paper cut into small squares 

1 Small piece of white construction paper cut into a zig zap shape (these will be the shark teeth)

1 Pair of googly eyes 

Hot glue plus white Elmer’s Glue 


First clean your bottle and then cut it in half.  Once the inside is completely dried take a small amount of hot glue and run it along the top edge where you cut so that the edges are not rough and kids do not cut themselves.  While the kids are gluing their tissue paper squares onto the bottle a grown-up can poke the hole through the ball (you could use something sharp like an ice pick or even a standard drill) then thread the elastic string through the ball.  Once the elastic string is through the ball make sure you tie a secure tight knot through the bottom.  When the kids are done gluing the tissue paper have them glue the googly eyes on the bottle near the top will get screwed on.  Next glue the paper shark teeth along the area where you cut the bottle. Finally when everything is done drying take the long piece of the other end of the elastic string and sandwich it between the bottle and the screw top. The top screwed on the bottle will secure the elastic string. 

Shark, Paddle Ball

To play:

Hold the portion of the water bottle where screw top is, move the bottle back and forth to try to get the ball in the “shark’s mouth”


Here are some other kids crafts made from recyclable materials:

Critter Cave

Toilet Paper Tube Owl

4th of July Tin Can Windsocks

Soda Bottle Planters


What fun crafts are you making with your kids this summer? 


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  1. Nicole,

    Cute craft project for the kiddies! When I saw your post, I thought about an article DH shared with me last night about the Great White Sharks infesting the waters of Cape Cod (I believe) this year. I think the article said there’s like 150 recorded Great Whites. I instantly thought about the 70s horror flick, “Jaws”. Trust me, no one needs to tell me, “STAY OUT OF THE WATER”. Have a lovely summer!

  2. That is so cute! It’s a perfect craft for Shark Week. I love it!

  3. I love how you can use what is on-hand to make something the kids will LOVE. My kids would definitely enjoy this game!

  4. That is so cute! I love that it’s easy enough for kids to make but still cool looking enough that they feel like they actually did something. Thanks!

  5. How fun! My kids would love to make these! With summer here I am always looking for something for the kids to do! We will have fun with this!

  6. Amy Desrosiers says:

    My kids would enjoy these too! They love to make and create fun game like this one.

  7. TColeman says:

    This is such a cute game. My kids would have a blast playing this.

  8. Sounds like a great craft idea for the summer time! I’m always looking for rainy day activities for us!

  9. What a fun craft to do. I can see the kids having fun trying to get the ball into the mouth.

  10. I would try my hand at this game too. It’s such an easy craft to make.

  11. Lisa Bristol says:

    I love to try crafts like this one. It is fun to make and the kids will enjoy playing with it. I will have to make one this weekend.

  12. This is such a great/fun idea! I am anxiously awaiting the premier of Sharknado 5 this Summer and I want to make one of these for myself and for my boyfriend leading up to the premier.

  13. I loved little games like this as a kid. This DIY version sounds like fun!

  14. Oh this is so fun! My 5 year old is looking over my shoulder and asking if he can make it already!

  15. That looks like fun! Such a simple craft too. I love it! My girls will have a lot of fun with this.

  16. This is such a great idea! My kids would totally get a kick out of this!

  17. This is such a fun game! I am going to share it with my cub scouts!!!

  18. This is such a cute and creative craft! I love the simplicity and the fact that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!

  19. What a fun game! I bet we could do this on one of our camping trips. Sometimes the kids get bored so it’s nice to have ways to entertain them.

  20. This is precious! We are doing VBS this year and I just love how much fun my son has! They truly have some cute and creative crafts! This one is on point.

  21. This looks really fun!! I am sure my kids will love this game.

  22. Alicia Gonzalez says:

    I love making easy crafts with the kids. This one is extra special because it has a fun function, too! Those are my favorites.

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