Alphabet Snack: “D” is for Dugong

Since a Dugong is probably a new animal to your kids (and maybe to you, too!), and it has a semi-complicated shape, I have created a drawing you can download and print out. You can cut it out and paint around it to create Dugong Toast.

DUGONG TOAST WITH SEA GRASS

~ Bread ~ Milk (or water) ~ Food Coloring ~ Flaked Coconut ~ Dugong Cutout ~

CLICK BELOW FOR MORE INFO

DUGONG

About the Dugong:

  • Mammals that live in the ocean.
  • Dugongs were mistaken for mermaids by sailors in the past.
  • They are vegetarians and eat mostly sea grass.
  • They have whiskers, fins, and a notched tail.
  • Endangered species.

To make the Dugong Cutout:

Click on this Dugong picture to go to the full-size version, and then right click and “save as” to save it to your computer and print it out. Print it and cut it out.

To make Dugong Toast:

Mix milk (or water) with food coloring to make “paint.”
Place Dugong cutout on bread.

Paint around the cutout with paint to make the Dugong shape on the toast.

Embellish the rest of the toast, or allow your child to paint the Dugong toast.

When finished painting, place bread in toaster and toast.
Mix coconut flakes with a little food coloring until evenly colored. Serve as “sea grass.”
You can also serve a beverage tinted with blue food coloring and call it “sea water.”

Other Dugong Resources:

  • A good kid-level Dugong info page from the America Zoo.
  • A video of a Dugong swimming around in the water (no narration or music). Kids will enjoy seeing what a dugong looks like while he’s swimming underwater, and you can talk about the Dugong as he swims.
  • A print-your-own coloring page of the Dugong.
  • A Dugong Song/Cartoon (highly obnoxious and loud… perfect for kiddos!)–although the song lyrics say a Dugong is “also known as the manatee”, which it’s not! They are both part of the same species, Sirenia — they’re more like cousins.

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~ Bon Ap[petite] ~

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3 Comments

  • At 2009.01.08 11:25, Kellie said:

    Very creative!! See, I would have sworn it was a manitee!! learn something new everyday!! Thanks for contributing!!!

    • At 2009.01.08 15:24, Heather said:

      Thanks! I had fun! :)

      • At 2009.08.22 17:17, karlibell22 said:

        Most kids from my time (the 90’s :P) would say “a DEWGONG!” if you showed them this picture…because that’s the name of a pokemon based off of a dugong. (Creative name, right? hahaa)

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