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Are you ready for whale parade?

Visual arts are a great way to introduce or illustrate just about any topic in school.

Any project related to animals can be greatly enhanced by a craft activity related to the animal. Take for example the concept of endangered species. Many children may never have seen such animals, even if they live in an area where these animals exist. That is especially true for whales, which can generally only be seen out on the ocean.

To make children aware of these unfamiliar animals, the first step is to study what they look like. And what better way to do that than to represent a whale using some Bristol paper and paint!

For Earth Day, you could organize a "whale parade" where each kid carries their whale on their head (like a hat). Let the children be creative when they decorate their whale and each one will be different.

whale craft

whale craft

What you need

  • a sheet of black Bristol paper and a small piece of blue construction paper
  • scissors
  • paint (different colours)
  • paint brush

How to proceed

Fold the sheet of black Bristol paper in half.

Draw the body of the whale, the tail and the fins on the half sheet of Bristol paper.

If necessary, use the diagram below as a guide.

Cut the two layers of Bristol paper to obtain the different parts of the whale’s body.

Whale craft diagram

Whale craft diagram


To create the whale’s body, first create each side of the body.

Start by gluing the tail to the rest of the body.

Separately, make the other side as a mirror image of the first side. Make sure that both sides of the whale have the same overall length.


Start by painting the inside of the eye with white paint.


Paint the other eye in white as well but don’t forget to work symmetrically otherwise one side will be on the inside and will not be visible.

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Decorate one side of the whale as you wish. I wanted to represent a humpback whale, so I painted the belly gray and I made gray circles to represent the tubercles on the front of the head. The humpback whale has streaks on the belly that you can represent with black lines.

Note : to make circles, use a hollow bottle cap.

Paint the iris in a colour of your choice. Add a black dot in the centre of the iris with the tip of the handle of the paint brush. The black dot represents the pupil.

Decorate the other side of the whale symmetrically to the first side.


Draw a spray of water on blue construction paper.

Cut two layers of blue construction paper.

Glue the two layers of construction paper together so that the spray will remain vertical when it is glued to the whale.


To assemble the whale, place one of the halves with the unpainted side up. Apply glue all around except along the bottom edge.

Placed the spray of water between the two layers of the whale.

Put the other half whale on top of the first one so that the two halves match exactly.


Glue the fins on either side of the body.

For other Earth Day ideas, see my hub on How to make a Globe.


Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 03, 2014:

Hi this is nice :) I'm going to try this :) Thank you for sharing :) Voted up and useful :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on February 05, 2014:

I give workshops with the city of Ottawa and one of the themes that come often is "Sea World" and the jelly fish is one of the project I offer (different sizes). The kids have a lot of fun with that theme because I bring a lot of materials and at the end there are all kinds of animals form the sea made out of all kinds of paper plates : different fish, seahorses, jelly fish, crabs, different type of shells. I wrote several documents about some of those different projects and others are waiting to be written. I wish I could multiply myself to write all the projects that are waiting in boxes.

But I am glad that the restaurant was decorated with original projects that reminds the customer of the sea :-) Good for them and thank you for mentionning it to me!

Have a wonderful day!

CraftytotheCore on February 03, 2014:

I was at a restaurant. I noticed some paper plate art hanging up on the ceiling. They had taken round paper plates, almost shallow-looking bowls, and painted them. Then they strung ribbons and blue curling ribbons through the center hanging down in long streamers. They pasted eyes on the plate. They were jelly fish. I thought of you when I saw that. I was wondering if you had a tutorial on that.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on December 23, 2013:

Good afternoon to you, Abigail! My husband videotapes when I am creating some of my projects and then I can capture some pictures to explain step by step later. Thank you for the idea of opening a store but I would have no time to take care of it. I like creating and I hope that this can help other people to start creating especially children. Art is so important to learn new things!

Take good care of yourself! God bless you and your family!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on December 23, 2013:

Good morning Joelle how are you ? I love the whole whale idea , by chance are the pictures yours you take while making the craft ?. You should open up a craft store :) make unusual beautiful things and sell.

Shalom and peace be to you.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 31, 2013:

You are right! I love elementary school for the same reason. The only limit to create all kind of whales is the imagination of the children :-) When I was a teacher, I had only one student who didn't like art. So I was quite happy to integrate art with different subjects; I am sure it help kids learn better :-)

Thank you for visiting and commenting, Flourish! Have a nice evening!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 31, 2013:

I loved art in elementary school exactly because of projects like this. Can't you just see them learning their whale facts, reading (or being read to) from stories involving whales? I can even imagine large googly eyes and iridescent blue scrapbook paper for the bottom.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 30, 2013:

Thank you very much, Jo! You are very kind! And we have to share this planet with those big mammals; they are part of our world and it would be wonderful to have them for the coming generations!

Have a great day!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on October 30, 2013:

What a great way to make children aware of the many wonderful creatures we share this planet with. You are amazing. :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 17, 2013:

Thank you for your kind comment. I can tell you that the first time I made this project with students and they parade with it on their head, the sight was very beautiful! For me it was also a powerful message about helping nature and a great way to teach kids about those big mammals!

If you know some people who might appreciate this project.... send them the link :-)

CraftytotheCore on October 17, 2013:

This is adorable. You truly have the best ideas. We live by an aquarium. There are a couple of beluga whales. This would be perfect for teachers in my area that go on field trips to the aquarium.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on June 07, 2013:

Thank you so much Charron! You always have fun comments!

have a fantastic weekend yourself!

Karen Robiscoe from California on June 07, 2013:

This fun idea is no "fluke"--not by any means. You are a Kraft Queen!! You should try making team sports hat--a la cheese heads, you know? That could be really fun!! And get the Hubs involved, too--the animate Hubs, I mean...;)

And just to say, to stop by is to hit things with thumbs near them...:)

Hope your weekend is very creative, Krafty Kid!!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on June 02, 2013:

Thank you very much for your kind comments Lady Fiddler!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on June 01, 2013:

Very lovely you always have great craft ideas :)

Thanks for sharing

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 28, 2013:

Thank you! I hope that you will have time to do this activity with them! They will love it for sure... and they will appreciate the time you spend with them :-)

PS : I used to live in Belgium... in fact I still have the citizenship

Darrylmdavis from Brussels, Belgium on May 27, 2013:

This is the sort of thing my kids would love! Nicely done :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 16, 2013:

Thank you Dream_On. I never had Earth Day at school either. Even when I was teaching, we didn't talk so much about it. I think it's getting bigger with time.... and may be it's a good thing! Thank you for coming and taking the time to comment!

DREAM ON on May 16, 2013:

I never had Earth Day when I was young.Seeing the way you include whales as hats I am sure so many kids will have so much fun!!!!!!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 15, 2013:

Thank you so much KofreeKlatch_Gals! I am glad that she likes it. I hope that the kids will like to make those big mammals!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on May 15, 2013:

This is adorable. I passed it along to the teacher who runs the Marine Club at our school. She loves it. Up, useful, and interesting.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 14, 2013:

You make me smile! But why not! We could all wear a whale hat for next Earth Day! Thanks for your visit and kind comments!

Jill Spencer from United States on May 14, 2013:

Forget the kids. I want a whale hat! Awesome hub & lots of fun. (:

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 14, 2013:

Thank you so much Livingsta! Very kind of you!

livingsta from United Kingdom on May 14, 2013:

This is very interesting and useful. I bet the kids loved it. What a great way to teach with crafts!!! Thank you for sharing these ideas with us. Voted up useful and interesting and sharing!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 09, 2013:

You are funny Michelle :-) But you would be suprised to see how stunning it was when the kids parade in the gymnasium with their whale on their head!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 09, 2013:

Kidscrafts, now this would give a new meaning to the words "fashion statement." Thanks for sharing and I share this too!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 25, 2013:

Thank you for your visit and kind comment Ignugent! I think we can bring awareness to the kids through art activities.... learn while having fun!

ignugent17 on April 25, 2013:

These looks fun to do. This activity will bring awareness for the kids to be concern of the environment.

Thanks for sharing the ideas. :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 24, 2013:

I think your kids will love this project CareerMommy :-) What I call Bristol paper are those big sheets of paper (for big projects). They mesure aroune 20 in x 26 in. You can find them in craft stores usually and also at dollar stores. I hope that you will have fun with your kids while making this project :-)

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 23, 2013:

kidscrafts, you are filled with great ideas. You are very creative! I love this idea, and so will by kids. If I can get to the store I might make this with them this weekend. I'm not sure what Bristol paper is, but I'm sure I can find it at any crafts store. Thank you for sharing.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 23, 2013:

Thank you for your lovely comment Pinto2011! Very kind of you! I like to create children's activities that are affordable. I think kids learn a lot more than through expensive toys (most of the time).

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 23, 2013:

Thank you for your visit DDE and for your warm comments :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 23, 2013:

Thank you PeachPurple! I hope that you will have fun with your child making this project :-) It can be done any time during the year as we should think of the Eart every day.

Are you sure that this hub has been nominated? If yes.... I have no clue how even to know about that! But your kind comments make up for it :-)))

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 23, 2013:

Thank you Michelle! I hope that you had a nice Earth Day! I thought that the whale was an important symbol of respect for the environment!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 23, 2013:

Such type of articles which promote children activity must be voted up and given a separate space. Very nice thinking of you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 22, 2013:

You have such a gift in writing about new ideas and your work is from the heart well presented and time taken to present such creativity is enormous.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 22, 2013:

this whale looks awesome. I am sure my kid is gonna love it. Thanks ! Congrats that your hub has been nominated as hub of the day. Great job

Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 22, 2013:

Happy Earth Day, Kidscrafts! This is so apt for the occasion and fun for kids to do. Sharing across!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 22, 2013:

Thank you for your kind words ShiningIrishEyes! If you know someone who likes those kind of projects.... send them here :-)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 22, 2013:

I wish I had your useful suggestions when my nieces and nephews were younger. You are so clever.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 21, 2013:

You are most welcome :-)

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 21, 2013:

Hi, I will check out your Earth day hub as well. My children are quite young, so I will bear in mind to make it smaller.

Thankyou :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 21, 2013:

Thank you Lurana. I strongly believe in the environment and that with enough good will from a lot of people, we can change things for our children and their children. They deserve to receive our planet in a condition that is excellent to live on.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 21, 2013:

Hi Anna! Thank your for your visit and your nice compliments. I try my best to have clear instructions :-) I strongly believe that you can have fun while learning; it will be probably the lessons that the kids will remember most.

You are right that it's urgent to protect the endangered animals. Every plant and every animal play a role in the ecosystem so we have to do our best to protect them all. As adult, we have to set an example for our children and we can teach them through art.

If you like art activities with your kids, I have another hub with a project about the Earth. It's good that there is a day set for Earth Day, at least people will think about that once a year but those activities can be done anytime and every day is a good day to talk about the Earth :-)

Enjoy the remaining of the day with your children :-)

PS : if your children are quite young, you might want to make the whale a little bit smaller so it doesn't "float" too much on their head :-)

MrsBrownsParlour on April 21, 2013:

Joelle, I'm always impressed to hear about your other projects and work. The endangered species program sounds wonderful! I am also very interested in wildlife. Have a great day too! :-)

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 21, 2013:

Hi, I have little one's and I will definately be trying this with them. One of them loves anything underwater anyway!

Your instructions are really clear, and it has such an important meaning.

You have found a way of teaching our children, of the urgent need to protect our endangered animals.

Even better you have done in a fun way, which they will love! Excellent hub. Voted up :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 21, 2013:

Thank you for all your comments Lurana!

I agree with you totally. When I was a teacher, I was always trying to create a special project that would fit with the subject (math, sciences, history, music, language, etc.). It makes learning easier and way more fun for the kids.

The project of the whale comes from a bigger project. I was invited in a school to prepare this special project about endangered species and each class had their own animals. I had to prepare a way to represent 17 different animals the first time I did this project. A year later, I did the same project in another school and I had to create 24 animals! The leopard was one of them.

In both cases, those projects were not done for Earth Day; it was supposed to be the main focus for the all year and each month, several classes presented their animals to the other students of the school in the gymnasium.

The environment and the endangered species are subjets that are topics that are close to my heart.

Thanks for your visit and enjoy your Sunday :-)

MrsBrownsParlour on April 20, 2013:

Great idea, and perfect timing for Earth Day!

When children connect with an animal through a project and think about what its life is like, they can really identify with that means so much more than just hearing "such-and-such is endangered". Story-telling and art are so powerful!

My first-grader's class is studying African animals, and they each chose an animal for a research project. Hers is the leopard, so we have been learning about its habitat and why it is endangered. It is wonderful to see how interested she is in "her" animal! :-)

I love whales and like your point about making an effort to connect with animals we cannot easily see in the wild.


kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 19, 2013:

You are very kind Travmaj :-) Thank you for your comments and your nice visit :-)

travmaj from australia on April 19, 2013:

Ohhh - I love this - so clever and entertaining and educational for the kids too. Ohhh - I wish my big ones were little. You are very creative - some fabulous ideas - thank you

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 19, 2013:

Thank you for you kind comments and your vote :-)

Susan from India on April 19, 2013:

Wow. Full of creative ideas. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up & awesome.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 19, 2013:

Hi SidKemp! You can for sure make a Blue Whale instead of a black... or any other color if your prefer :-) It's all about creativity!

To answer your second question.... you a never too old to have fun!

I would be honored if you linked my hub to yours! And may be I should make a link toward your hub myself!

Thank you very much!

By the way, did you see my hub about the Earth poject?

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on April 19, 2013:

This is great. Two questions: Can I make a Blue Whale instead of a black one? And can I do it even if I'm 53 years old? :)

Seriously, may I link to this hub from my Earth Day hub?

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 19, 2013:

Thank you for your kind comment Toytasting! I hope that your kids will enjoy that project!

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on April 19, 2013:

Fantastic Whale. I agree our children may or may not have seen it in real life but they are surely going to enjoy making this whale and remember it probably forever. Thanks for the great post + idea.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 19, 2013:

Thanks Annie! I agree with you, kids learn better a subject if they can associate it with a fun project and more specifically, an art project!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 19, 2013:

Thanks for your visit and your comments Hawaiinodysseus! I never went to kindergarten.... that's why I am trying to catch up now ;-)

Annie Miller from Wichita Falls, Texas on April 18, 2013:

Kids learn so much when they can visualize what they are learning about, which makes craft projects ideal ... plus they have something tangible to remind them. I love this, kidscrafts! Great Hub, thank you!

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on April 18, 2013:

Aww, I'm missing my kindergarten days! Crafts are a lot of fun, and a parent who can initiate craft projects will provide his or her children with memories galore. Thanks for sharing this article about how to make a whale. Aloha, Joelle!

stephanieb27 from United States on April 18, 2013:

No, I haven't seen it yet. I will have to check it out!! :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 18, 2013:

Thanks for your comment and your visit Stephanie! I love this project; I hope that your kids will love it too. You can even use a blue iridescent color on the body if you want; it gives a nice result.

Did you see the Earth project that I posted last year? When it's finished you can hang that in their bedroom and with a coat of acrylic varnish it stays nice forever! You could use glow in the dark paint for the Earth as well. Just some ideas :-)

stephanieb27 from United States on April 18, 2013:

I was hoping you would post an Earth Day craft! We are definitely making these! :)

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