Whale STEAM Investigation Station for Preschoolers

Learn about whales and practice important early learning skills with this Whale STEAM investigation station for kids! This engaging and hands-on water sensory activity is perfect for your next ocean preschool theme! 

collage of whale STEAM images with text: Whale STEAM Activity for Little KidsWe love investigation stations and this Whale STEAM was obviously no exception! This fun sensory bin was a wonderful way to explore whales and how they breathe.  

child pouring purple water into sensory bin
It’s May, y’all! And that means it’s the last month of our homeschool year. Can you believe it? We’re just getting started with our Growing Gardens theme and today’s fun Investigation Station wraps up Ocean Commotion. You know, I mentioned last week that we’ve had lots of fun playing with sand and water and so of course we continued doing exactly that.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

child squirting purple water into sensory bin
We learned about whales this week and did this awesome Whale Investigation Station.
whale STEAM activity with text: Ocean Commotion Investigation Station for Preschoolers

Whale STEAM Investigation Station

Scientific Reasoning (25.2), Earth Science (28.2)

What you’ll need

  • Activity tub or another small container
  • Tools that can squirt water, such as squeeze bottles, eyedroppers, and turkey basters
  • Two bowls or tubs

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out different types of tools that can squirt water, such as squeeze bottles, eyedroppers, and turkey basters. 
  • Set out two bowls or tubs (one filled with water and one empty).

Big Questions

  • Which tool squirts water the highest?
  • What would a whale’s blowhole sound like?
  • Which tool moves the most water from one bowl to the other?

whale sensory bin with text: Learn About Whales Preschool Ocean Theme Investigation Station

Talk about lots of fun, right? The little guy definitely loves all things sand and water. And this time around, we mixed things up a bit and made our ocean water purple. How’s that for living on the edge?

child squirting colored water into funnel
We used eye droppers and a squeeze bottle to simulate a whale’s blowhole for our investigation station. I also tossed in a few other things that we had around the house.

preschooler using eyedropper to squeeze water into sensory bin
I loved watched the little guy explore the various tools. He filled the squeeze bottle and squirted it back into the bin.

preschooler squirting water in eyedropper upward
He also had a blast squirting water into the air with the eye droppers. A little messy, but… Whatever works, right? Lol…

preschooler squirting eyedropper into flask
And let’s not forget about filling the containers. I had tossed in two larger containers and a few smaller ones along with some funnels.

preschooler squirting purple water into funnel
This was one of those activities that we just sorta left out for a day or so. And the little guy came and went as he pleased. It’s also one that we’ll definitely be doing again.

preschooler squirting twisty eyedropper into test tube
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Growing Gardens theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.

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MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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collage of whale STEAM images with text: Whale STEAM Activity for Preschoolers

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