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Whale Eating Krill Sensory Tub

We visited the amazing Natural History Museum in Brewster, Massachusetts last week. Among the number of wonderful exhibits and learning activities they offer children and adults was a Whale Eating Krill Sensory Tub. Very neat idea integrating fun fine motor skill development, science and, well, a whole lot of water sensory fun! Both my 3 and 1.5 year old enjoyed the tub.

Whale Sensory Tub

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Materials for Whale Sensory Tub

  1. A tub filled halfway with water
  2. Tongs of various sizes to capture fish and whales
  3. Fish figurines
  4. Whale figurines
  5. Parsley or Thyme to serve as Krill and doubles as a lovely olfactory experience too
  6. A comb to simulate the whale’s teeth/mouth scooping up krill
  7. A mat, tarp or shower curtain to lay underneath the tub if you cannot do this activity outside

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Additional Resources & Tips:

  • Take the comb and rake up the herbs floating around the tub. Explain to the child what the herb and the comb represents.
  • Encourage use of various sized tongs to stimulate fine motor development with challenge
  • I found this great Krill printout. You should check it out.
  • What do Whales Eat? I discovered this information loaded website. A good resource for tricky whale questions!
  • National Geographic is a not to be missed site for wonderful images and loads of information

Thank you for reading this post today!

Marnie

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