KELP Activity of the Day

Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana’s Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP) program features free, downloadable, educational activities that teach students the importance of preserving healthy and abundant oceans. With many schools closed and students confined to home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sailors for the Sea is highlighting some of our most popular KELP activities that can be done from the safety of your home.

Whale Feeding

Baleen whales are the largest animals on earth, yet they eat some of the smallest animals in the ocean. Baleen are the long plates that hang in a row, like teeth of a comb, from a whale’s upper jaw. Baleen whales strain water through their baleen plates to capture food. This activity demonstrates how certain baleen whales, such as right whales and bowheads, use skim feeding to capture their prey.

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How to Hide in the Ocean

Many ocean animals have the ability to camouflage themselves to blend in with their surroundings. Camouflage can help animals remain undetected by predators and can also help animals sneak up on prey. Kids can create fish and other ocean creatures out of simple materials, and test how well they camouflage into their surroundings.

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Deadliest Catch

Certain gear types are more efficient at catching fish which can result in a quicker decline in fish stocks. Using candy or other small snacks, kids can mimic the effects of different types of advanced fishing methods on population sizes of fish.

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Whale Blubber

How do whales, which are warm-blooded mammals, survive in ice-cold ocean waters? By wearing a thick layer of fat, called blubber just beneath the skin. In this activity, kids will create a “blubber glove” to mimic the importance of blubber to whales living in frigid waters.

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Dirty Water Challenge

Learn about the water cycle and the principles of filtering water by designing and building water filters using different materials. Kids can pretend to be scientists by testing their filters with "dirty water".

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Salty Ocean

About 97 percent of all water on and in the Earth is salty. Discover why the ocean is salty, and why it’s easier to float on seawater with the KELP activity Salty Ocean. All you need are glass jars, salt, food coloring, water and index cards.

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