Edventures with Kids

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This week, Discover & Explore is going under the sea! 

We are having fun with ocean animals, sea life and other underwater discoveries.  I can't wait to see what you link up this week!  We decided to explore whales for our under the sea activity.

Exploring Whales:  How Big are They?

Have you ever really wondered what it would be like to stand next to a whale?  I would love to go on a whale watch one day -- and both of my kids are been crazy for whales.  Go figure, we live in Kansas - the most landlocked state in the country, and they are all into whales.

We decided to explore a little about whales this week -- how big are they?

Here's what you'll need for this activity:

  • a measuring tape
  • sidewalk chalk
  • a picture of your favorite whale
  • the length of your whale


How Big is a Whale?

Step 1: Measure Your Length

The first thing you'll need to do is measure out the length you'll need for your whale.  We decided to draw a blue whale (yep, one of the biggies in the ocean!) so we had to measure out 100 feet. 

Did you get that -- 100 feet! 

So, you ask, where the heck do we find that kind of room?  Great question!  We headed to our school parking lot since school is out of session.  You can also try the blacktop at a local playground too. 


Measuring the length of a whale

Use the chalk to draw a line the length of your proposed whale (you can also do a shark or a manta ray, etc).  This will help as you draw so you don't have to keep measuring out the distance. 


 Draw a Whale

Step 2:  Draw Your Whale

Use the sidewalk chalk to draw an outline of your whale.  You can make it as detailed as you'd like (we made sure to add the fins and some of the features on the whale's head).  You can also choose the color based on your whale.  Use while if you want to draw a Beluga, gray for a sperm whale or gray whale, etc.  Obviously, we chose to use blue ;)


Draw a lifesize whale

Step 3:  How Big?!?

To get an idea of how big these beautiful creatures really are, you can try a few things.  We stood on opposite ends of our drawing so that we were 100 feet away from each other.

You can also have your child sit next to the drawing while you take a photo -- then they can see how they measure up to their favorite sea creature. 

And if you want to add in a little math, bring along your bike and see how many bikes it would take to equal the length of the whale.  You can see that we had our car with us and it was dwarfed by our drawing!


Great Books about Whales

And we wanted to include a few of our favorite books about blue whales (with affiliate links so you can review them):

We love the photographs in Face to Face with Whales!  They are so detailed that you are able to see all the amazing features of whales.  I'm awestruck at how they got so close for many of these photos.


Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? is a wonderful book that gives kids an idea about how big things really are in the world.  It's a great read for a math discussion about relative sizes and how things compare to each other. 


And the Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder book is a beautiful read.  It includes excellent information about the blue whale and a nice double-page spread to give you an idea of it's size in comparison to a human.  And I just love the drawings in the book.


Show us your Under the Sea Ideas

Please share crafts, activities, games, food or any family-friendly post that fit this week's theme. 

Make sure to visit our co-host Fantastic Fun & Learning to see what type of fun they are sharing this week.



Jackie Higgins Thursday, 18 July 2013 · Edit Reply

My second grade teacher had us measure and draw a blue whale in the hallway. I can still remember rolling the butcher paper all the way down the second grade hallway and coloring in. It really must have made an impact! Great activity!

OneMommy Tuesday, 23 July 2013 · Edit Reply

My son is totally in to sharks right now -- we may have to do something like this with great white sharks and a few others!

Jen Thursday, 01 August 2013 · Edit Reply

I so love this activity! Thanks for linking to the Outdoor Play Party!

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Jacquie is the founder & owner of Edventures with Kids, a site that shares unique kid’s activities, fun ways to learn and inspriation for family travel.  She is an educator, nature lover and mom to 2 great kids.  Jacquie enjoys exploring new places with her family and loves encouraging kids to be creative & curious!  Visit our About Us section for more information about Jacquie & Edventures with Kids!






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