Easy Hungry Shark Game DIY

Homemade Bean Bag Shark Game

by Melanie Gasmen-Fleck

Make any week Shark Week with a special game from issue 13, the Eugenie Clark issue! 

Gather these supplies:

Cardboard box, at least 18” x 14” x 12” or bigger

Glue or masking tape


X-Acto knife*

Permanent marker

Acrylic paint; white and another color of your choice

Old socks (at least 2 pairs of socks, but the more, the merrier)

Dry beans

*Ask an adult for help!

Follow these steps: 

Step 1: Ask an adult to use an X-Acto knife to cut across the cardboard box diagonally so the box forms a triangle.

Step 2: Lay the box down so its enclosed, long side faces up.

DIY Bean Bag Shark Toss

Step 3: With a pencil, draw the shark’s mouth and make sure to give it sharp teeth! The mouth (and opening) should be large enough for a bean bag to fit easily through. 

Step 4: Ask an adult to use an X-Acto knife to cut out the shark’s mouth. 

DIY Hungry Shark Bean Bag Toss

Step 5: Using the leftover box scraps, cut out a large triangle and two smaller triangles. The large triangle will be the shark’s dorsal fin, or the fin on the shark’s back.

Step 6: Use glue or masking tape to attach the shark’s dorsal fin to the top, shorter side of the box. Then glue or use masking tape to attach its smaller fins, one on each side.

Bravery Hungry Shark Bean Bag Toss

Step 7: Paint your shark. Use whatever colors you’d like to paint the shark’s body (we used teal). But make sure to paint its teeth white so the opening is easy to see from far away. Once the paint has dried, don’t forget to add beady eyes with permanent marker!

Homemade Bean Bag Toss Euginie Clark

Step 8: Fill socks with dried beans. Tie a knot at the end of each sock. These will be your fish. 

Step 9: It’s feeding time! See how many fish you and your friends can toss into the shark’s mouth. 

Having fishy fun? Snap a pic and tag us @bravery_mag!