Creative Collective Nouns: A Pod of Whales

Creative Collective Nouns: A Pod of Whales

I’m thrilled to be kicking off a series across a number of bloggers – all about collective nouns and getting creative with them!

I love collective nouns, a real gem in the English language as so many have interesting names that you really would never guess at. I’m first to post in this series (no pressure huh?!) and as we have been doing an under the sea theme I chose Whales.

The main collective noun for a group of Whales is a ‘pod’ but you may also hear them referred to as a gam, a herd or a school.  A pod can contain anywhere from 2-30 whales and are usually formed from whales with a biological connection eg: mother and baby. The smaller whales tend to travel in bigger pods and the larger whales smaller pods, due to their size and ability to remain safe from predators.

The children and I have been reading about life under the sea and decided to have a go at making some paper plate whales. These are super simple to do but look pretty cute when they’re made.

To make your whale you will need

  • Paper plates
  • Card (we used blue)
  • Paint and other decorations
  • scissors, glue, googly eyes and sticky tape

I cut the plates in half and gave the children some paint, brushes and bubble wrap. We painted up our plates – using the bubble wrap to make spots on them. We had been watching a video of the blue whale so the children both opted to decorate their whales using blue paint.

paper plate whale

paper plate whale

We left the whales to dry and I drew a tail fin on some card and cut these out. Once the tails were dry we taped the tails in place. We added an eye to each one and easy as that they were finished.

paper plate whale

We set up a tuff spot with the whales using some blue glass stones in different shades and some strips of fabric. We had also made some other sea creatures including jellyfish and fish and the children had great fun ‘swimming’ them around the tuff spot. They had remembered that the whales come to the surface to breathe so as the tuff spot was on the stand they swam them under then up over the tuff spot for them to breathe.

paper plate whale

Super simple way to create your own pod of whales.

Why not check out this fab Parliament of Owls craft – this is brilliant and this colony of rabbits.

super simple paper plate craft with this paper plate whale



  1. PAT
    8th March 2017 / 14:33

    That’s excellent and so easy to make.

  2. 8th March 2017 / 19:53

    Aww these are so sweet. Alex would enjoy making these x

  3. 19th March 2017 / 15:27

    We love exploring collective nouns with the kids. Your pod of paper plate whales are so fun!

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