Science in Pajamas: Whale Creation

Did you know that there are whales right in our backyard? Currently, some 20,000 Gray Whales are migrating to the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Siberia, from their breeding grounds in Baja California. Throughout the year, different species of whales migrate along the Pacific coast, visible to us. To learn more about these whales, check out this link.


To see the gray whales for yourself, Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Gray Whale Cove are both great, free places from land to spot some action.


You can create your own mini-whales yourself with this fun DIY craft!

Supplies

* Jumbo Popsicle Sticks {3 per whale} * Mini Popsicle Sticks {2 per whale} * School Glue * Cardstock {a light blue and dark for most accurate} * Blue Craft Paint * Paint Brush * Googly Eye * Scissors optional – glitter, rhinestones, feathers etc.


Instructions

* First glue your popsicle sticks together to look like a fence {THREE next to each other with TWO mini across} Set aside to let it dry completely. Repeat. * Next grab your craft paint and paint the front of your popsicle stick design completely blue. Set aside * Now you are ready for the cardstock. Cut out some fins, a tail and some “water” to shoot out of the whale. * To finish off your Popsicle Stick Whale kid craft – have children glue on their cardstock pieces, as well the googly eye. Then let it all sit aside to let it dry completely before displaying proudly!!!

Resources and References

  • Gibbon, Stacey “Popsicle Stick Whale - Kid Craft.” Glued To My Crafts, 26 Mar. 2017, www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/08/popsicle-stick-whale-kid-craft.html.

  • California State Parks, State of California. “Pigeon Point Light Station SHP” CA State Parks, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=533

  • California State Parks, State of California. “Gray Whale Cove SB.” CA State Parks, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=528.

  • “Whale Migration.” SF Bay Whale Watching, sfbaywhalewatching.com/whale-migration/.

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