winter the dolphin

do you love dolphins?

Does your kid love dolphins? Who doesn’t love dolphins? They’re the cheerful (and cheeky) dogs of the ocean. As soon as we hear their playful calls, it brings a smile to our faces. We can watch their antics for hours. Looking for some project ideas for your budding biologist (cetologist)? Read on!

Did you know you can even arrange for a personalized message for dolphin lovers from the Clearwater Aquarium?? See below in Dolphin Related Ideas!

At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, we had the pleasure of meeting Winter, the famous dolphin – that’s her in the picture above (scroll down to find the movies based on her life). It was a special day. Their dedicated staff works so hard to care for sea creatures who need help. Did you know kids can help too? One way is to adopt a dolphin!

Here is the official World Wildlife Foundation website for adopting a dolphin.

There are different price ranges; the most popular mid-range includes:

  • A soft plush version of your adopted animal (for ages three and up)
  • 5″ x 7″ formal adoption certificate
  • 5″ x 7″ full-color photo
  • Species spotlight card, full of fascinating information about the animal
  • FREE priority shipping
  • Personalized acknowledgment letter to your gift recipient. See sample letter.

The Clearwater Aquarium in Florida, where Winter lived, also offers adoptions of other rescued marine animals.


the clearwater aquarium in florida

FREE: See Winter’s Friends Live via the internet

Dolphin Communication

Sea & Dolphins

Dolphins have an unusual way they talk to each other. To listen in:

Sea and Dolphins (no music added – free with Prime streaming or available for purchase)

paper mache dolphin

Make your own dolphin!

See this post for free, detailed instructions on how to make a paper mache dolphin.

Dolphin Videos

Dolphin Tale [Blu-ray]
  • Dolphin Tale is the story of Winter, the brave little dolphin that charmed the world. Please note that the movie has a serious side since Winter does lose her tail. But it’s a wonderful story about friendship and determination and how she inspired thousands around the world, including a lonely boy.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 continues the adventures with the same characters.
winter the dolphin's prosthetic tail fin
Winter’s Unique Tail

Dolphin Puzzles

MODERNGENIC Wooden 'Dolphin' 3D Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids, Animal Number Block Puzzles for Toddlers, Educational Learning Montessori Toys for Boys and Girls (Dolphin)

Ages 3+: Wooden dolphin puzzle (states they meet US safety standards)

Ages 6+: Eco-Friendly paper 3-D dolphin puzzle

Ages 8+: Paintable wooden 3-D dolphin (and sea creature set)

Ages 6+ : Educational and fun, 100 piece, good quality, 20 different species of whales and dolphins


Ages 3-7: National Geographic Explore My World Dolphins (designed for pre-readers)

Ages 6-10 : Fun facts about whales and dolphins, quizzes, and projects

Coloring Book

Dolphin Watching

dolphin jumping in the wild
Dolphins – East Cost of Canada

Seeing dolphins in the wild is so exciting! They are such curious, playful creatures that kids can relate to as they love to play!

If you go in person someday, just be sure to choose a charter known for being respectful of nature, that doesn’t crowd or harass animals, and is respectful of the ocean and its creatures.

Seeing dolphins in the wild is a memory we will never forget.

Watching these beautiful creatures in the wild can help kids develop a love for feeling responsible for playing their part in keeping the oceans clean.

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