How Animals Stay Warm With Blubber

Why don’t Arctic animals get cold?

While studying during our Canada unit we spent alot of time on the arctic. Most children love animals as it is but the arctic as many different types of animals with unique features, including those like polar bears, that have blubber. My kids just didn’t understand how animals could be in icy waters without being cold, so we set off to see how does animal blubber work?

What you will need are some latex gloves, shortening, Saran Wrap, and a bowl of ice water, as you can see I just grabbed some crisco from the store. I don’t normally buy this and almost bought the smaller container but as I have 3 kids, I am glad I got the bigger one because we used alot.

So the first thing you do is grab a big mixing bowl and fill it with ice and cold water. While you are doing that, have your child put a glove on one hand.

Next, allow them to put the gloved hand into the Crisco. You will want to make sure their hand is covered, we did a very liberal layer, and you might need to help them a bit with that.

Once there is a nice thick layer of shortening, completely Saran Wrap the hand like in the picture to the left. Make sure it is tight at the wrist, you could probably add a rubber band if you thought it was needed.

Now allow your little one to put their hand in the water. To show contrast, have them put their non-gloved hand in the water… big difference, trust me!

My kids loved doing this and learned alot about how arctic animals stay warm. I thought it was fun too and was really amazed by the difference some fat could make!

To help the kids learn more about the animals I provided them with some books about polar bears, whales, and more. We also watched a couple documentaries on Netflix. We liked Frozen Planet and The Polar Family & Me.

I hope you found this useful for the question, how does animal blubber work! If your little ones enjoy this project, try Arctic Snow Dough for some more arctic fun!

Stay warm,

Bet + Fam 🙂

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