winter the dolphin

Dolphin Ideas: Crafts, Experiments & Adoptions

Are you looking for some dolphin ideas for your dolphin-loving kid? Dolphins are the cheeky dogs of the sea. Their playful calls and antics sure make us laugh! Here are some dolphin project ideas for your budding biologist (cetologist).

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)

How do dolphins hear each other underwater? A simple science experiment for kids involving the five senses to learn how sounds travel in water – see below in Science Projects for Kids.

Dolphin Crafts for Kids

paper mache dolphin

Paper Mache Dolphin

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

Dolphin Science Projects for Kids

How do dolphins stay warm in cold water? Learn about blubber with this easy experiment: Blubber Gloves!

How does the song of the humpback travel in water? Learn how sound travels in water with this simple experiment (coming soon)

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

For kids ages 3+: Wooden dolphin puzzle (states they meet US safety standards)

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

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

Good for ages 12+: Crystal 3-D dolphin puzzle


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

For 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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