Brrr! Your preschooler will love diving into this fun science experiment with you to learn how animals in cold places stay warm without a jacket! This experiment is done with common household items.
It’s crazy to think that mammals such as whales, seals, and others live in such cold conditions such as the Arctic and Antarctica and don’t freeze! But how? BLUBBER! This is such a fun conversation starter with your preschooler. This is an experiment so take some time to discuss how they think these animals stay warm and what exactly blubber is before you dive in.
- How do animals survive in cold weather areas?
- What do you do when it’s cold outside? What do you wear?
- What happens if you go outside when it is cold without a coat?
- Where do you think blubber is located on an animal?
- What is blubber made out of?
You can also watch this quick video before you do the experiment to further explain and understand how blubber works.
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The Blubber Experiment
- bowl of ice water
- 4 quart sized baggies
Step 1 Place a plastic bag over one of your preschooler’s hands. Ask them to place their hand in the ice water.
Step 2 Ask your child to describe what they feel.
Step 3 Place some Crisco using the spatula on the outside of the bag.
Step 4 Place that bag inside of a clean bag so when you submerge it into the water, the Crisco doesn’t come off.
Step 5 Have your child place their hand in the water again. Ask them what they feel this time and then ask them to let you know when it starts to get cold.
Step 6 Ask your child what might happen if you add more Crisco? Try the experiment again with more Crisco.
You can repeat this experiment as many times as you’d like, taking time to predict what will happen if you add more crisco to the baggie.
- Do you think animals with more blubber stay warmer longer than those that don’t?
- Why might a whale need more blubber than a seal?
- How does blubber work?
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