There are a ton of animals and creatures out there but very few that start with the letter N. There are a few but none so fascinating as the Narwhal, the unicorn of the sea. So I thought it right to pick it and come up with a few STEM inspired Narwhal activities that kids can do to learn about this special creature. We are really enjoying our Shark Week Activities, so the Narwhal was fun to research too.
STEM INSPIRED NARWHAL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
SO what the heck is a Narwhal? What’s that long thing sticking out of it’s head? Where do you find one? Who is it related too? How big is it? There are quite a few questions I am sure many people have about this mysterious sea creature. Let’s check out a dozen fun facts about the Narwhals to get us started. Can you guess what mammal family a narwhal comes from?
Now that you have learned a little bit about the Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea, or Moon Whale lets try out some fun STEM inspired Narwhal activities!
Learn About How Whale Blubber Works! This fun science and easy whale blubber science experiment will help your kids understand how whales stay warm in very cold waters! Blubber stores energy, helps with buoyancy, insulates, and more!
View the Narwhals in action! Check out this quick video to see Narwhals in their habitat.
Build your own Narwhal. We chose to make a LEGO Narwhal for our Narwhal activities time.
Head outdoors and measure out a 15 or 20 foot long Narwhal with a tape measure and chalk. Next measure out a Narwhal calf next to it. Now lay down at one end of the mark and have a friend or parent help you mark how many of your body lengths equal the length of a Narwhal. You could also use your foot or hand but that will take a while. Do the same for the calf.
BUILD A LEGO NARWHAL WITH KIDS
Start with this simple to build whale body using basic bricks and a few sloped bricks if you have them. We had a few blue flat pieces we added because we had them handy. Building up a LEGO collection takes some time but can be done affordably!
BUILD THE UNICORN TUSK OR HORN!
These are the pieces we used to be able to center the tusk and allow it to come out at an angle. A hinged piece or even a bracket piece works well topped with a one stud center piece. We made our tusk out of tiny rounds and finished it with a 1×1 LEGO cone piece. I think this is a great looking LEGO Narwhal. My son was impressed. He had worked with dad earlier to build the whale body, but it took some thought and searching through our LEGO collection to find the right pieces. We do keep a special organizer filled with these key parts though which makes it easier! We love LEGO projects.
Spend some time and learn more about this mysterious creature. We think they are pretty fascinating. What else can you find out about them?
FUN NARWHAL ACTIVITIES FO RKIDS TO TRY
We are participating in the A-Z of Animals Blog Hop with N is for Narwhal!