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Simple activities to make your Arctic unit come to life!
27 Dec, 2015. 6 Comments. . Posted By: Kristen Smith

Exploring Blubber In Kindergarten

To complete this investigation I purchased a large tub of Crisco from the grocery store.  I filled a large sandwich Ziplock baggie about 3/4 of the way with Crisco and then inserted another baggie into the full bag. This created a “blubber mitten” for my students. Before the experiment I placed a basin of water in the freezer for about 40 minutes and then added 3 trays of ice cubes to the water. (I wanted it to be VERY, VERY cold!)

My class and I discussed how cold we thought the ocean is in the Arctic. (28.8* F in case you were wondering!) They took turns dipping their hands in the basin of FREEZING cold water and then took turns using the blubber bags.

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They were VERY surprised at how toasty warm their hands were in the blubber bags! In fact, after our group “experiment” my students wanted to time themselves during exploration centers to see how long they could withstand the water without the blubber mitten and then with the gloves!

Arctic unit science activity: understanding how blubber works Arctic unit science activity: understanding how blubber works

Our next Arctic activity was a STEM activity!

Arctic STEM activity: building an igloo

Click here to read about the activity!

6 Comments
  1. Hi Kristen, thank you for your great posts. Could you please explain what crisco is?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Rebecca

    • He Rebecca! I’m so glad you like these posts! Crisco is vegetable shortening. You can get it (I’m pretty sure) in the baking section of your grocery store.

  2. Kim -

    Your posts are amazing, and are so engaging and easy to take right into the classroom. Thank you!

  3. I would like to do this craft for a summer school this summer – I am curious if the water paint that you linked to would be enough to make 60 crafts?

    Thanks!

    • I would probably purchase two sets to complete 60 crafts. I have had my bottles for three years now but I use it sparingly and pour every last drop back into the bottles when we are finished using them. I would hate for you to run out! It’s great paint so if you end up with extra, I’m sure you can use it again!! 🙂

  4. Hey! Love this watercolor painting so much. What type of paper did you use? Thank you!

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  • Hi Kristen, thank you for your great posts. Could you please explain what crisco is?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!
    Rebecca

    • He Rebecca! I’m so glad you like these posts! Crisco is vegetable shortening. You can get it (I’m pretty sure) in the baking section of your grocery store.

  • Kim -

    Your posts are amazing, and are so engaging and easy to take right into the classroom. Thank you!

  • I would like to do this craft for a summer school this summer – I am curious if the water paint that you linked to would be enough to make 60 crafts?

    Thanks!

    • I would probably purchase two sets to complete 60 crafts. I have had my bottles for three years now but I use it sparingly and pour every last drop back into the bottles when we are finished using them. I would hate for you to run out! It’s great paint so if you end up with extra, I’m sure you can use it again!! 🙂

  • Hey! Love this watercolor painting so much. What type of paper did you use? Thank you!

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