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The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth! Create a life-like, miniature sculpture of this fascinating creature.
Whales are warm-blooded, air-breathing mammals that live in every ocean. Many of them make long migrations. Some species hum so loud that the sound can travel thousands of miles through the water to other whales. There are two types of whales--baleen and toothed whales. Baleen whales eat plankton such as krill and small fish. Toothed whales may eat fish, squid, crabs, shrimp, sharks, seals, sea lions, penguins, and even other whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
The part of the whale that people most often see is its fluke or tail as it surfaces for air and dives back into the ocean. Students create a unique sculpture that shows a whale in its natural habitat. Work on a clean, dry surface such as a paper plate. Use photos of whales to design the sculpture. This is how the sculpture in the picture was made.
Press a chunk of Crayola Air-Dry Clay into an ocean-like base. Smooth the edges with a dampened finger. Or roll the base with a rolling pin and cut the edges with a modeling tool such as a craft stick or plastic knife. If you like, roll more clay into a coil. Place it around the edge of the base to create a lip. If the clay is a little dry, moisten the pieces with a wet finger.
Use a modeling tool to cut out mountain ranges, islands, glaciers, or another background from more clay. Add texture by using a finger, a craft stick, or a clay stylus. Attach the pieces to the edge of the base. Form a whale’s tail and attach it. Add misty splashes coming from the whale’s blowhole!
Paint the mountains, ocean, and whale with Crayola Washable Watercolors. Gently wash the color on the wet clay. To create deeper colors, air-dry the first coat and repaint. Air-dry the finished sculpture for at least 3 days.
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