Emma has become quite the crafting machine recently, perusing books for ideas as well as coming up with her own. She got the idea for this spouting whale from The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do, which we were lucky enough to win in a giveaway at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns last year! It’s more of a science craft book than a science experiment book, but Emma has a lot of fun with it!
We did change the instructions slightly, using plasticine to create a seal between the straw and the water balloon instead of paper. I think our solution was a big improvement!
Johnny had the opportunity to make a whale of his own (Emma helped Lily make one), but our resident clown thought sticking plasticine to the wall was much more fun – and actually, a bit of a challenge to get it to stay there!
We used a syringe to fill the balloon without making too big of a mess, and Emma gave it a go:
Success! She was so thrilled to get this to work!
LOVE her expression!!!
Have you ever made a spouting whale? I think this is a fun group activity for, say, 6-8-year-olds. I recommend doing it outside, since our floor did get wet. It was a cold day (we still get those pretty frequently in Massachusetts), and the floor needed mopping, anyway. :)