Readapalooza 1: Narwhal & Jelly

Welcome to our first ever digital Readapalooza. In case you’re not already familiar with it, Readapalooza is a storytime for elementary-aged kids. We’ll read for a bit, then do a fun activity together. Gather your materials, settle in and don’t forget to log your time for summer reading in Beanstack!

Supply list for this session:

  • paper
  • coloring utensils (i.e. crayons, markers or colored pencils)
  • clear tape
  • paper or plastic bowl
  • ribbon, yarn and/or crepe paper (if you don’t have any of these on hand, you can also cut strips of paper)
  • optional: stickers or other embellishments
  • optional: headband


Today we are reading Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton.

Activity: Make your Own Narwhal & Jellyfish!

Narwhal Step 1

Fold your paper like this and cut off the strip at the end to make a square.

Step 2

Color your paper using whatever colors or design you would like.

Step 3

Roll the paper into a cone shape and use clear tape to keep it together. Now you have a narwhal tusk.

Step 4

Make a headband out of paper strips and size to fit. Attach the tusk to the headband with tape. If you have a headband on hand, you can attach your tusk to that instead.

Optional: Embellish with stickers or other doo-dads.

Now you are a narwhal! (Wait a minute, I’m in the wrong habitat!)

Jellyfish Step 1

Cut strips of yarn, ribbon or paper.


Step 2

Attach your tentacles to the inside of your bowl using tape. How many tentacles? You decide! According to National Geographic, box jellyfish have up to 15 tentacles.

We’d love to see your narwhals and jellyfish! Post your pics to our facebook page.

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Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.