I’ve been soooo quiet lately in the blogging/instagraming world lately. Lots have been happening with this little family the last few weeks and compounded with GORGEOUS summer weather, we are hardly at home! Then…I started POTTY TRAINING with N. That means: All HANDS on DECK! Anyhoo, long story short, we hardly had time to do much arts and craft!
Last week, my uncle asked if J can help draw or paint an orca for his FB banner. Unfortunately for uncle T, J’s main subjects for painting and drawings are rockets and dinosaurs. Even then, they sometimes look like amoebas 😉 I also (jokingly) offered to draw him an “ugly” whale if he wants something whimsical and child-like.
Even hubby made a submission….not bad! But it’s not a killer whale…
To build up the children’s existing interest in these marine mammals, we hired out a few library books on whales, orcas, and dolphins. We learned that orcas are a type of dolphin! It’s not a whale!
They loved reading Humphrey The Lost Whale. It’s a true story about a humpback whale which deviated from his usual Mexico to Alaska migration by entering the San Francisco Bay. In fact, he got “lost” twice! Once in 1985 and another time in 1990.
We also watched Meatball (aka Nemo) a few times….even saw a Nemo fish at the mall!
Who’s that behind you Dory and Marlin??
Orca Arts and Craft
What you’ll need:
- Construction paper – white, dark blue, light blue, pink/orange
- Paint – black and white
- Cotton ball
- Black pen
First, I handed the kids some light blue paper to crumple. The more crumpled the better. Then I asked them to flatten the paper out with some assistance from mummy. Once it’s flattened, I had the kids lightly paint over the paper with sponges and white paint. This makes it look like snow.
While we are waiting for the mountains to dry, I drew some orcas with a black pen. Then I asked the kids to fill in the BLACK part of the whale with their fingers using a dotting technique. I figure this is better than using a brush since they always end up using their hands when they’re painting.
Looks pretty good! For N, she’s younger, so I helped guide her hands to where we want the paint to go.
Once the mountains were dry, I cut the paper into mountain landscapes.
Then glue the landscape on top of an orange or pink piece of construction paper that will become your sunset sky.
Then I tore the blue construction paper width-wise to make the ocean.
Glue that underneath your mountains.
Then glue your orca onto the picture.
Take a cotton ball and dab a little bit of white paint onto the picture to make it look like waves and splashes in the picture. If your child is older, they can help tear/cut the paper, and dab the white paint.