These animals are part of our coral reef project. We upcycled some lids, plastic bags, and toilet paper rolls and, in the process, learned something new.
Interesting facts about clownfish:
- Clownfish are born male and can change into a female. OK, I had no idea about this one.
- Clownfish bodies have a mucus layer which is immune to the toxins the anemone produces to capture prey.
Yes, we noticed our mistake and corrected it in the final stage - clownfish have three stripes.
Interesting facts about octopuses:
- They have three hearts.
- They have no skeleton.
- The Caribbean reef octopus can completely change their colour from one moment to the next using specialised colour cells called chromatophores. Or simply said: they can disguise very well.
How to make it:Interesting facts about jellyfish:
- Jellyfish have been around for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth.
- Jellyfish have no brain, heart, bones or eyes.
How to make it:Interesting facts about seahorses:
- Seahorses feed on plankton and tiny fish.
- Male seahorses bear the unborn young.
How to make it:
Cut out a seahorse shape and put it on a piece of paper. You can try several techniques for these.
...and a packaging net (a mango was wrapped in this one) to stamp.Peal of the seahorse. Carefully :)
And finally - Mr Sharky.
Interesting facts about sharks:
- Shark skin feels similar to sandpaper.
- There are more than 465 different types of sharks.
- They don't have bones.
- They can have more than 30,000 teeth over the course of their lives.
- Females tend to be larger in most shark species.
All you need for this one are a toilet paper roll for the body, a tail and fin.
And most importantly - teeth!!
And that's it! The animals are ready for their new home :)
* Some of the books we used to learn these interesting facts are:
- Erne A. (2015). Wir entdecken Meerestiere. Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? Ravensburger Buchverlag.
- Woodward. J. (2017). Tiere: Die Tierwelt in spektakulären Bildern. München: Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH.