Learn How Ducks Stay Dry with this Crafty Experiment

Have you ever wondered how ducks stay warm while swimming in cold water? They produce an oil that makes their feathers waxy and water-repellant. Demonstrate how these feathered friends stay dry with this simple and crafty science activity for kids.


  • Duck printable
  • Crayons
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Food coloring


  • Color in the duck printable with crayons – be sure to fill in the duck’s body, too
  • Fill a spray bottle with water
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the spray bottle and shake it up
  • Spray the duck and see what happens
  • Watch how the crayon wax keeps the duck dry

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