Environmental Science: Oil Cleanup

  1. Grades K-2
  2. Grades 3-5


Dive into environmental science with this hands-on eco-adventure! Learn how oil affects the ocean, then simulate an oil spill of your own and rescue the cute critters. Plus, step into the shoes of real-life wildlife rescuers and environmental engineers as you follow their story in the illustrated instruction booklet.

Academic Standards

  1. 2-PS1-1: Matter and Its Interactions

Why it’s awesome

  1. Wildlife rescue

    Cute critters to rescue with fabric fur and feathers to clean.

  2. Hands-on engineering

    Build, test, and repeat to create a clean-up solution.

  3. Splashy science

    Explore oil-and-water chemistry with different clean-up tools.

What’s included?

  • squeeze bulb

  • 3 wood animals

  • 3 dress-up furs

  • cotton balls

  • blue coloring 0.3 fl oz (10 mL)

  • vegetable oil 3 fl oz (90 mL)

  • cleaning gel 2 fl oz (60 mL)

  • 10 connector clips

  • tub

  • beaker

  • boat

  • sponge

  • spoon

  • 18 foam shapes

  • strainer spoon

  • lab notebook

  • illustrated instruction booklet

Topics explored

  1. Ocean health

  2. Oil chemistry

  3. Wildlife rescue

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

I was inspired by the workers who tackle real-life oil spills with science and engineering, and I wanted to help kids connect with those problem solvers through a series of fun experiments!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Milliters of oil cleaned during kid testing


Wood animals rescued


Different boom configurations



12 reviews

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    Great little kit :) I like that this can be used again and again with simple household ingredients



    My son loves this so much, even I have fun playing with this with. High quality items, very inspiring to children to spark care and love of the animals and the environment. So much fun with a great message!

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    My six-year-old grandson loved this kit! We had a lot of fun with the experiments and the booklet was excellent. We did a little research on the recent oil spill in California so it was good timing. With just a few modifications I was able to use it with the three-year-old that I nanny. He loved it as well. This is a kit we’re going to use a lot in the future.



    Our daughters enjoyed this activity a lot. They are very interested in environmental science and loved to learn about both wildlife rescue as well as environmental engineering.

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    What a GREAT teaching. My 3 year old grandson was washing the little animal after the oil compromised his little body! Kiwi company is WONDERFUL at every level. Customer service like no other! Crates are amazing! I send 5 a month to grandchildren from 1-11



    Luckily I bought two. My 4 yr old grandchild loved the oiling and washing of animals and mixing color, but this interfered with her 9 yr old brother's desire to follow the experiments. As a former Env. Sci. major and teacher, I loved everything about the activity.

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