Science: How Ocean Animals Stay Warm

Science activities have always been a little hard for me to come up with, so I am always happy when I find great experiments for kids on other blogs. To accompany a reading of “This Is Not My Hat” we did this experiment, posted by Miss Chelsea on

Basically, you use Crisco to simulate how fat keeps arctic animals warm in icy water. You put on a glove, cover it with a good amount of Crisco, dip it in icy water, and you don’t feel the cold! Pretty fun idea, right? We didn’t have gloves on hand, so we just used a plastic sandwich bag and it worked pretty well. Gloves would work better if you have some. We also used two bowls of ice water, so they could compare what they were feeling.

For more activities to accompany a reading of “This Is Not My Hat”, click here!

Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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