Marine Biologist Starter Kit

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


Create a color-changing reef and build ocean animals that move! Learn how scientists explore the ocean, build moving whale and shark automatons, and use color-changing clay to sculpt your own coral reef and play with temperature changes. Later, discover what it takes to become a marine biologist and meet deep-sea creatures.

Why it’s awesome

  1. Colorful coral

    Color-changing clay shows the impact of ocean temperature on coral.

  2. Swimming science

    Automaton tails move in different directions like real fish and whales!

  3. Deep-sea poster

    Discover a huge variety of different creatures living in the ocean.

What’s included?

  • tank

  • rolling pin

  • sculpting knife

  • 8 rubber rings

  • wood set (28 pcs)

  • sticky foam sheet

  • 4 wiggle eyes

  • 11 nuts

  • 5 bolts

  • mess mat

  • 3 clay packs, each 1.8 oz (50g)

  • 3 illustrated instruction booklets

  • folder of marine biologist information

  • poster

Topics explored

  1. Marine biology

  2. Engineering + design

  3. Thermodynamics

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

I modeled the marine machines off of real whales and sharks. Except for the wheels, of course. I based those off of train wheels!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Pounds of clay molded into coral


Shark species modeled


Hours spent racing marine machines

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