Science Experiments for Kids – Animal Adaptations

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Science Experiments for Kids – Animal Adaptations


What would it feel like to be a polar bear?  Well now kids can find out!  I love the idea of kids being able to feel the protection that a bear has when it builds up its layers before hibernating.  I really try hard with my classes to be able to give all students a chance to feel and try it out vs. one or two volunteers demonstrating it for the class.  Science experiments for kids are always a hit so as students studied winter and hibernating, I did this activity with them.

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I modelled how I made one of the blubber bags/gloves in front of students and let them feel the lard before I put it into the baggie.  I filled one baggie with about half a block of lard and then pushed another baggie into the full bag and flattened it out.  I used duct tape to secure the edges, but I still reminded students not to push/squish/pick at the bags.  That was one mess I did not want to clean up!

Each group got a glove and a bowl filled with ice water (I used snow and water because it was available to me at the time).  Students thought of a hypothesis and then put one bare hand in the ice water and the other hand in with the glove.  They had a blast seeing how long they could keep their hand with the glove, in the water and then understanding, how polar bears, who are covered with a similar insulation, are able to survive the cold.

This activity worked well with my grade 2 group as we studied animal adaptations.  Another bonus – the gloves freeze well, so you can use them again and again.

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