Virtual Early Explorers: Marine Mammals

May 2021's theme was Marine Mammals!

Child's hands playing with sea otter and whale puppets.

UAMN photo by Jennifer Arseneau.


The links are all PDF documents.

 Walrus mask made from a paper plate, construction paper, tissue paper, and yarn.


Make a Walrus Mask: Explore walruses in art and culture by creating your own walrus mask.

Scrimshaw Crayon Art: Create scrimshaw-inspired art by etching designs on paper.

 Kelp forest collage example with a blue ocean, blue yarn, green tissue paper, and colored cutouts of sea otters.

Exploration Activities:

Kelp Forest Collage: Discover the role of sea otters in keeping the kelp forest healthy.

Whale and Krill Tower Game: Explore baleen whales and the huge amounts of krill that support them.

Close up of two hands in a clear container of water. One hand is wearing a blue disposable glove, and the other is in a bag half full of shortening.

Sensory Activities:

Blubber Gloves Experiment: Explore how blubber keeps animals warm in cold water. Watch a how-to video here!

Polar Bear Fishing Game: Play a fishing game and discover the polar bear’s ocean diet.


Watch behind-the-scenes videos of museum staff preparing a  bowhead whale skeleton to be hung in the lobby!


Watch a Blubber Gloves how-to video from SciShow Kids!
Two hands in bowls of ice water. One hand is bare, and the other is in a ziploc bag full of shortening.


For activities designed for kids ages 6-12, go to the Virtual Junior Curators page.


 Images by Emily Koehler-Platten and Elisabeth Padilla.


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