A couple of weeks ago I posted all about our visit to the Save Our Seas Shark Center… and we had to go back for a little bit more!!!
Well last week we went to make some Kelp Horns or Vuvuzelas as they are known in South Africa. Wander down this post to find out how to make your own.
Spring low tide on Friday and we were back and rock pooling. The morning after a torrential storm we arrived in the freezing cold to look and learn all about kelp.
It was crisp, it was cold and it was beautiful!!!
A wild and stormy night had left everything clean and washed and ready for discovery…
Once again we went exploring:
Poking around, peering, wondering…
Learning about Kelp as we went and tidal zones and beasties…
And a couple were even brave enough to try some sea-lettuce, the consensus was not great!!!
More discoveries, more exploring and treasure hunting…
Once again we were transported to the world of rock pools:
And there were heaps of these – where have I been, why have I never seen a chiton before:
And here are some finds:
And then down came the rain again…
And a dash for shelter…
So back to the shark center to make Kelp Horns:
Step 1: Choose a piece of dry kelp… and it needs to have been dried well in advance.
Step 2: Cut and trim it to get the length you are after…
Step 3: Paint, paint, paint.
Don’t use water based paints. We used acrylics and keep your paint “dry” when you are painting, no splodgy thick painting for this painting. You really want to keep your kelp dry.
Really paint (make sure that days later you are still smothered in paint):
Step 4: Leave them out to dry well enough to take home.
Step 5: Watch a movie while you wait for them to dry.
Step 6: Gather them up and take them home to dry some more.
If you want to know about Kelp Vuvuzela’s then pop over to the K.E.L.P. (Kelp Environmental Learning Project) Website. And if you want to make your own and visit the Shark Center yourselves then go ahead and contact them.
Here are a couple of kelp lesson links:
- Kelp Forest Treasures, from Jean Michael Cousteau Ocean Adventures and PBS, click on the PDF it’s great..
- Lots of links and lesson ideas from Teachers Zone at scu,edu.au.
- Lots of Lesson Plans… from Lesson Corner.
- This is a nice (PDF) Kelp Forest Tour Tutorial from Uoregon.edu.
- Kelp Forest lessons from PROJECT Oceanography.
- These are just lovely and we will have to pop them into our journals. Report Pages from Akidsheart.com.
- Stunning Kelp Garden Photographs from National Geographic.
- A super fabulous website: Oceans for Youth.
- Some great Kelp Forest Links from Yahoo.com.
That’s us. Thanks to the Save Our Seas Shark Center for another brilliant outing.