Friday, April 4, 2014

Dolphins

Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

D is for Dolphin

One of my favorite things about going to the beach is seeing dolphins in the ocean. They look so graceful as they make their arc out of the water.

Here are some interesting facts about dolphins:
  • Marine dolphins sleep with one eye open. Since dolphins have to be conscious to breathe, the two halves of their brain take turns resting. When the right hemisphere is sleeping, the left eye is closed; when the left side is sleeping, the right eye is closed. (I definitely need to develop this ability.)
  • The dorsal fin on every dolphin is unique.
  • There are pink dolphins. The skin of the Amazon river dolphin has a pinkish hue.
  • Dolphins have excellent eyesight and hearing, as well as the ability to use echolocation.
  • The Killer Whale (also known as an Orca) is actually a type of dolphin.
Stained Glass Dolphin
Supplies:
wax paper
colored tissue paper
glue
paintbrush
dolphin coloring page
Sharpie
scissors

Trace the dolphin image onto a sheet of wax paper with a Sharpie. (If you have artistic ability, you can freehand a dolphin. I do NOT have that ability.) Use a paintbrush to spread glue inside the dolphin on the wax paper. Cover with squares of tissue paper. 
When the dolphin is covered, paint a thin layer of glue over the top of the tissue paper and place another sheet of wax paper on top. When dry, cut out dolphin.

Have you ever seen a dolphin? 
Was it in captivity or free at the beach?
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