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Cool Dolphin Stuff for Kids

Updated on September 13, 2014

Books about Dolphins and Other Cool Stuff

Give a kid a book about dolphins, and chances are pretty good that kid is going to read it - right then! Do kids love dolphins? You bet they do!

But no one spends all their time reading. So, on this page, not only will you find books for toddlers to teens - all grouped into reading levels, but you'll find other fun stuff as well: toys, puzzles, and a few fun facts.

You'll also be able to watch a young girl swim with dolpins.

Do you know what bow riding is? It's an actiivity these lovable marine mammals really enjoy. Learn about that, too. And then, discover the special species that likes to swim upside down.

Watch a video of a young girl swimming with dolphins, see bow-riding, and learn about the black and white species known as Commerson's, that likes to swim upside down! You'll also find a few posters to add a happy touch to your décor.

The Bottlenose Dolphin


Flipper Was Played by Bottlenose Dolphins

When most of us hear the word "dolphin," we tend to think of one particular species of marine mammal - the bottlenose.

The star of the 1960s TV show, Flipper, was a Bottlenose dolphin. Actually, there was a group of them who played the part of Flipper - five females and one male. The male was the one who did Flipper's famous 'tailwalk.'

You can see them in most marine aquariums, and if you participate in a 'dolphin swim,' it's likely you'll be swimming with the bottlenose variety.

If you are lucky, you can see them in the wild. While not a daily occurrence, we do occasionally spot them swimming along in the brackish river near our home, and it's always a thrill when we do.

For Toddlers and PreSchoolers

Books for Young Children - Children's Books about Dolphins

Books to help introduce little ones to the lovable creatures we love to see leaping through the water so playfully. They'll love to learn about these mammals that live in the water.

Girl Swimming with a Dolphin - It's a Bottlenose, like Flipper was.

Did you ever get to swim with these lovable marine mammals, or is it something you just dream of doing?

Watch as the dream comes true for this lucky girl ...

Here's What It's Like to Swim with Dolphins (video)

Plush Pal - for Little Ones

GUND Dooley Dolphin 5" Plush
GUND Dooley Dolphin 5" Plush

Soft and irresistibly huggable, this plush toy is recommended for one to five year olds


Did You Ever? - (a poll)

Have you ever been swimming with dolphins? I've been wanting to do exactly that for a long time now. How about you?

Have you ever gotten to swim with dolphins?

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For Early Readers

Early Readers - Easy Books for Learning About Dolphins

A cool mix of fiction and non fiction for early readers, about our friends in the sea.

Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks, and Clapping Jaws (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks, and Clapping Jaws (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

The amazing ways in which these wonderful marine mammals communicate. They are SO smart!

Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, No. 9)
Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, No. 9)

Jack and Annie are in BIG trouble, involving sharks and a giant octopus. Who will come to their rescue? And how? Find out!


Bow-Riding A Favorite Dolphin Activity

Dolphins like to engage in bow-riding, or surfing along ahead of a boat in the wave made by the boat's bow.

No one knows for sure why they do it, but some people think it is to swim faster with less effort, while others think they are just playing.

Most all species have been observed doing it. Some observers say the Commerson's Dolphins show a preference for faster vessels. Maybe they are training for the marine olympics!

The folks on the boat in this video sure got an unexpected thrill when a bow riding session began. Lucky for us, someone had their camera along. Watch it - you'll be amazed!

How to Speak Dolphin in Three Easy Lessons (The Zack Files #11)
How to Speak Dolphin in Three Easy Lessons (The Zack Files #11)

Fun to read story about a boy talking with some special new friends!


Dolphins Ride a Boat's Bow Wave -video

Jigsaw Puzzle for Ages 6 to 9 - Dolphin Trio

It's from Ravensburger, so you know the quality is there. This brightly colored puzzle, made of thick puzzle board with a high gloss finish, has 100 pieces.

Rated for kids age six and older, the pieces are sturdy and easy to handle.

The bright colors make it an attractive choice for children.

For Older Kids

Books for Ages 8 - 12 - Dolphin Facts and Fiction

Face to Face with Dolphins (Face to Face with Animals)
Face to Face with Dolphins (Face to Face with Animals)

A famous underwater photographer takes you under the sea with him to learn all kinds of fascinating things about several different types of dolphins


Upside Down Swimmer

Commerson's-Dolphin | Source

The Commerson's Dolphin

The beautiful Commerson's Dolphin are a striking black and white. They have a black head, dorsal fin, and fluke, with a white throat and body. They live in cold, shallow waters, off the southern coast of South America, and in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.

On a voyage around the world, in 1767, French naturalist Philibert Commerson saw them swimming in the Straights of Magellan, and wrote about them. They are named after him.

Here's something interesting: They like to swim upside down!

One White Dolphin
One White Dolphin

NEW - Just out!

This one sounds like it has it all! Conflict, an endangered reef, a town in turmoil, and a catalyst in the form of a stranded

Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel
Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel

Have you seen the movie about Winter, the dolphin? If you have, were probably enchanted with her story, and will want to read it, too. Even if you haven't seen the movie, you'll be touched by the story, based on real life events.

Although it's rated for children up through the fifth grade, there is no reason a child auear or two older might not enjoy it, too.

A beautiful black and white Comemrson's Dolphin
A beautiful black and white Comemrson's Dolphin | Source

The Commerson's Dolphin - Black and White and Upside Down

- Commerson's are also sometimes called the Panda, Skunk, or Piebald Dolphin, because of the pattern of their black and white markings.

- They are one of the smaller dolphin species, growing to only around 5 feet long.

- You can tell the males and females apart by the shape of the black mark on their tummy. It's shaped like a teardrop for the males, but more rounded for the females.

- The Commerson's Dolphins of South America have the strictly defined black and white markings, which appear completely by the age of one year. The ones in the Indian Ocean also have gray on them.

- If you like acrobatics, just watch a pod of Commerson's. In addition to swimming upside-down, they also like to spin, twirl, and leap out of the water.

3 D Brain Teaser Puzzle - Fun to Display When Finished

This wooden puzzle may have only 16 pieces, but it's a little harder than it looks. Older kids like that. When it's together, they'll like displaying it in their room, and have fun taking it apart and challenging their friends to put it back together again.

What is a Commerson's Dolphin? (Video)


Dolphins for Your Walls

Pretty up those plain wallsl with some enchanting dolphin art. There are many types of items from which to choose. Posters, wall clocks, wall-mount sculptures or peel and stick decals are readily available. There are also dolphin shaped hooks for hanging sweaters and towels, as well as other wall mounted items.

Shown here are a beautiful poster and wall clock.

At right is the laminated poster.

The english translation of the title of this artwork by fantasy artist Christian Riese Lassen is "The Crystal Sea."
It's large - about 24" x 36", and will turn a blank wall into an attractive space.
Lassen is well known for his fantastical treatment of natural subjects.

The wall clock that follows can be found on Zazzle, and comes in both square and round choices.


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      5 years ago

      Dolphins are so cute.

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      6 years ago

      Love it! My nine-year-old is working her way through the entire Dolphin Diaries series by Ben M. Baglio. She just loves them (secretly, so do I!).

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      6 years ago

      Dolphins.... sounds a lot like Doll Friends! Cute and adorable friends indeed! :)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I do like dolphins, quiet surprised me that I got 3 out of 5 of the quiz above right. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I love dolphins! These dolphins books for kids and other gifts would help them appreciate them even more

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      6 years ago

      I do like dolphins. Very much. I really enjoyed reading this lens too! Nice job.


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