Whale in the Bath Activity Time

Resource type: 
Activity Time





Theme: Our Oceans

By Kylie Westaway and Tom Jellett

Having a whale of a time!

You will need:
  • Large plastic milk or juice container
  • Scissors
  • Permanent texta or marker
  • Strong tape
  • Glue (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  1. Cut out the bottom of the container so that you can place it over your garden sprinkler
  2. Cut out a small hole in the top to allow the sprinkler to come out the top like a blowhole
  3. Stick some strong tape over the cut plastic edges to prevent injuries
  4. Draw a face, some flippers, fins and a tail on your whale. Decorate your whale if desired with some glue and glitter (this will wash off in water)
  5. Pop it over your sprinkler and turn on the tap
  6. Let your child/ren run through the whale’s water spout!
Further ideas
Make a bath scoop instead. Keep the container lid and screw it on tightly. Just cut out a mouth shape and then draw on eyes, flippers, fins and a tail. Use as a scoop in the bath or paddling pool.
Measure out the length of some real whales using a measuring tape and chalk marks on a footpath or patio. Blue Whales: 24 metres, Sperm Whales: 16 metres and Southern Right Whales: 14 metres. Talk about how big whales are compared to us or other animals. Could one really fit in the bath? Or in your house? 
There are some interesting “Southern Right Whale” facts to talk about with your child here: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/SouthernRightWhale.htm 
Here Is The Sea The Wavy Sea, All The Fish Are Swimming In The Water, or Slippery Fish (the Octopus Song) available here: http://laptimesongs.com/a-slippery-fish/ 

Key message: Children learn from being engaged and doing.


For full activiy time sheet please download attached PDF



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