This activity comes from Karen Shirley and Jennifer Grimes at Bethany Child Care in Adrian.
Step 1: Find the book or the song “Baby Beluga” by Raffi (the book is illustrated by Ashley Wolff; try a local library or Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Beluga-Raffi-Songs-Read/dp/0517583623/). The story is about a baby arctic whale who swims free all day in the sea.
Step 2: Draw a whale or find a picture of one to print from a website. Some good resources for parents and teachers are www.first-school.ws, www.lessonplanz.com, and www.dltk-kids.com. Once you have your whale, cut it out. Here is one you can use: http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_animals/coloring-page/beluga-white-whale.htm
Step 3: Prepare a space for painting. Gather eye droppers and diluted blue paint OR finger paints. Stores such as Hobby Lobby, Learning Works and Wonders, and the Dollar Store are great resources for craft materials. Remember, the more materials and textures your child is exposed to the better for their growth and learning!
Step 4: Read the book or listen to the song with your child. Then set up the table and do the craft. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
Step 5: After drying, glue the finished whale to blue construction paper and hang it up.
Do YOU have a fun & easy craft idea for little ones? Comment with your experiences or your own ideas!by