This super fun polar bear craft for kids is a blast to make and even more fun to play with. Once you put together this easy craft, make another and another so that you can create plays and stories with your polar bear characters.
It’s one of those fun winter crafts that you will want to go back to over and over again, creating different personas and designs. Grab the free printable template and make this today with your kids.
I bet you’ve never heard of craft flashcards…Of course you haven’t…because I totally made it up 🙂 As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I’ve witnessed kids struggle to complete multi-step activities. So, I came up with this brilliant (if I do say myself) way to break down crafts into bite-sized pieces in the form of flashcards.
These are especially perfect for those kiddos who have limited attention spans. It’s an easy way to break the task down into small, managable pieces.
Crafts are such a great way to development skills like motor planning, attention span, executive functioning, fine motor skills, language development and more. Using flashcards makes planning crafts for your kids to enjoy even easier.
Just print out a few of your favorites onto cardstock, cut them into the cards with a hole in the corner and place them on a keyring that you can connect to your craft supply bag (which you can fill using our master list of supplies that we stick to for every single one of the projects in the flashcard collection). It’s so simple.
And the best part is that there’s not a screen in sight. Technology is such a great thing, but it’s also nice to take a break from it once in awhile and let the brain explore in other ways. Click the image to learn more about our collection of 100 Craft Flashcards for Kids.
Fun Facts About Polar Bears
- Polar bears are the only bears classified as marine mammals since they spend so much of their time in the ocean.
- Beneath all that white fur is actually black skin.
- They can swim for days at a time and go up to 6mph.
- Their are lots of things that threaten the lives of polar bears, including oil spills, melting ice, human interactions and more.
- A male polar bear can weight as much as 10 men.
For more information about polar bears, visit your local library. You can also check out this article by National Geographic Kids.
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How to make a Cute Polar Bear Craft
This simple craft is so much fun to make. Be sure to make it your own. This is meant to be a guideline, but make it your own.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- White paper lunch bag
- White construction paper
- Scotch tape
- Glue stick
- Crayons or markers
- Polar bear template
It’s our mission to see more families crafting together. To do that we keep things super simple and have found a way to decrease the prep time for you, mama. For this craft and every other creative project you see on this site, we stick to the same master list of supplies. It’s a set of just 27 basic and inexpensive that fit into one bag. Just fill your bag, and you’re ready to make any of the hundreds of crafts you see here!
Step 1-Use the Free Craft Template
- Download and print the free template. You can do this directly onto white construction paper (cut to size to fit into your printer) OR onto white printer paper first. You can also use white cardstock if that’s what you have on hand.
- If you print this template onto printer first, you’ll need to draw on the polar bear’s face with markers or crayons. You can also add googly eyes if you choose.
- Cut out all of the parts for your polar bear, except the soda bottle.
*If crafting with young children, you may want to precut the pieces of the craft template.
Step 2-Add the Arms and Feet
- First…if you don’t have a white paper bag, just grab a brown one and cover it with a layer of white paint.
- Turn the paper lunch bag so that the flap is facing you and on the bottom.
- On the bottom, use your glue stick to attach the polar bear feet, sticking out from the bottom about 2 inches or so.
- The attach the arms using your glue stick, about 2 inches from the top of the flap, sticking straight out horizontally. (as pictured)
Step 3-Stuff It
- Now open the top of your paper lunch bag.
- Tear strips of newspaper and crumple them up.
- Place the balls of newspaper into the top of the bag one at a time until it is full but not overstuffed.
*This is a wonderful way to practice pre-scissor skills since it requires coordination the hands together.
Step 4-Close Off the Top
- Twist the top of the bag shut and secure it with some scotch tape.
Step 5-Add the Head
- If you’d like to add any color or details to the face of your polar bear, do that now.
- Then attach the head of your polar bear to the front of the paper bag, covering where you gathered the top of the bag.
- Secure it with a couple of pieces of scotch tape in the bag.
- Optional: Cut out a second plain white head using the craft template and place that one on the back. Secure it in place using your glue stick.
Step 6-Finish Off Your Easy Polar Bear Craft
- If you want to use the soda bottle, color it in and cut it out.
- You can also choose make something else for the polar to hold, like a heart or fish…or anything you can think of. Just cut it out of construction paper.
- Bring the hands to the front and glue each one onto the bottle (or other object). Give it a pinch so that the glue takes hold.
Can I use this craft in lesson plans?
This craft would be perfect for teaching kids of all ages during an arctic animals unit. You can also add other polar bear activities, like writing in shaving cream (snow), practicing the letter ‘P’ or making homemade moon sand that looks a lot like snow and holds it shape. Our friends over at One Little Project have a great DIY recipe.
Can I adapt this craft to create other bears?
Absolutely! Make this craft into a brown bear or black bear simply by changing up the colors. You can even use a brown paper lunch bag that requires no alteration. If you choose to make a black bear, you’ll need to paint the bag black and go over the face of the bear with a white crayon or white paint so that it can be seen.
Keep it fun!
When making crafts, the rules are meant to be broken. I give you these instructions and template to make sure that this is a simple project. However, it’s just a starting point. This is only a fun craft if you give your child lots of freedom when they’re creating.
Especially for young kids, exploring the supplies and finding new and interesting ways to use them is a way to grow their skills and intellect. If they want to give their polar bear 3 eyes or make them purple with green polka dots…let them! The only limit is imagination. I can’t wait to see your fun ideas.