Always a favorite- Humphrey the Lost Whale, a true story told by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall. We loved tracing the path that Humphrey took and we learned a lot about whales by reading it.
Ibis by John Himmelman, is another true story about a whale. This curious humpback gets caught in a fishing net and suffers for weeks until finally rescued by some friendly whale watchers.
Our water play tub was filled with ice water (to simulate the cold Arctic ocean) and whales of all kinds- humpbacks, orcas, blue whales and gray whales.
Our whale hunt was quite productive. We sang "Aca Taca Nuva" as we rowed our umiaks and hunted for whales. We brought back our "kill" for our village to feast on.
Each of us painted a whale tooth and decorated it with beads to show off our skill in hunting.
Every humpback whale fluke or tail is unique with its own design. We had fluke shapes to decorate using bingo markers. We recited, "Down by the Bay" with "Have you every seen a whale with a polka dot tail?" and then made up our own verses.
We dipped diluted paint onto paper and then used straws to simulate the whales' blowholes when they come up for air.
Viola! Blowhole Painting!
Sporting binoculars, we went on a whale watch to search around our play yard for whales.We sang "Going on a Whale Watch" as we searched for whales.