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W is for Walrus


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Ages 2.5 + to 6  Level:  Preschool - Kindergarten

The walrus is an interesting animal to introduce letter W and wildlife in the Arctic region.  The walrus printable craft is LARGE emphasizing on the size of this magnificent animal!

The activities are appropriate for an Arctic, Ocean Creatures, Zoo or Aquarium Theme.  

Activity 1:  Walrus Craft > Ages 2.5+ (Easy 6 pieces)

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to the walrus.  The walrus lives in a very cold region called the Arctic and spends a lot of time in shallow water and pack ice (more information below).

Review your options for printing and assembly of the craft that best meets your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

NOTES:
  

1. Paper Bag Puppet Craft Option -  assemble face and body -  glue to a standard lunch paper bag -- Instructions for assembly

Option 1:   Print craft color template #1 & #2 cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  
Option 2:  Print templates black and white #1 & 2.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above. 
Option 3:  Print black & white template directly on tan / brown card stock or construction paper.  Recycling method:  Trace the patterns with black marker on brown/tan grocery paper bags to make several crafts.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1.  For a permanent educational display piece: trace and cut pieces on fun foam (Foamies), add features with permanent fine tip markers and large wiggly eyes
2.  Replace paper eyes with large craft wiggly eyes for the paper craft.
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back of head to use as decoration or educational display piece.  

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose learning activities according to your curriculum needs and children's age.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the colors (shades or brown and tan) on the template pieces (after coloring) or if using the color template.  

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Counting, sequence and recognizing numerals 1 to 6:   Write large numbers in the back of the template pieces for a sequence of assembly and count them together.  For example:  Head #1, mouth/tusks #2, eyes as one piece #3 (or two large wiggly eyes), large body piece #4, small flipper #5, and large front flipper #6.   Older children may be asked to place the pieces in number sequence. 

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and if necessary make a demonstration to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Science-Animals:  Learning about the Walrus

1.  Present some walrus fun facts and images.   Here are some basic facts and links to choose from.  Adapt the information and materials to your  teaching needs.
Quick Walrus Facts - Realistic Walrus Coloring Page (display)

*Walruses are mammals that live in shallow waters in and around the Arctic - VERY COLD! (show this area in map/atlas or globe).

*They bask in large herds on pack ice there.

* Walruses are tan to light brown.

*Walruses use their tusks and whiskers to search the seafloor for shellfish.  They suck clams out of the shells without even breaking them open!

*They have layers of fat, called blubber, under their skin to help keep warm in freezing weather.

*Males make strange, bell-like sounds under the water to attract mates.

Links for images, sounds and information:
1.  Walrus information and images at BBC Wild Nature Facts and Wikipedia.org

Alphabet Activities:  Letter W is for Walrus
Display and present your choice of W Walrus printable materials and lesson plan activities.

Walrus Printable Craft
(6 pieces)


 illustration only
templates below


Paper Bag Puppet Craft Option:
Instructions for assembly

Craft Templates
Color  
*Template 1
*Template 2

Black & White
*Template 1
*Template 2

Walrus coloring pages
#1, #2

Other Materials:

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors
Optional: 

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