Polar Bear Day

Polar Bear arts, crafts, science and books.

February 27th is a National Polar Bear Day!  We love Polar Bears, so when I started planning activities to celebrate these amazing animals I decided that one day is not enough and we need to stretch the Polar Bear Day into a Polar Bear Week.  

 

Polar Bear Dot-to-Dot I started off by drawing a polar bear with a help of a youtube video.  Do you like my polar bear?  

I started off by drawing a polar bear with a help of a youtube video.  

 

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Can you tell I’ve been taking Drawing lessons lately?   I then turned my drawing into a dot to

I then turned my drawing into a dot-to-dot and laminated it.  Kids got to practice numbers 1 through 70 and have fun doing it.  I asked them to say the numbers out loud as they connected the dots with dry erase marker.  

Celebrate Polar Bear Day with arts, crafts, books and science.

  My 4-year old colored her polar bear black after she connected the dots.  She said, “white” was boring and colored her bear black.  

Celebrate Polar Bear Day with arts, crafts, books and science.

Polar Bear Puzzle  Next I laminated another copy of my Polar Bear drawing and cut it into eight pieces for puzzle fun.  Kids love puzzles.  Who doesn’t?   

Reading

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, of course!  This book gets them very excited.  And loud!  Don’t read it before bed!

Polar bear, Polar Bear by Bill Martin Jr

 Another great book to read is The Polar Bear Scientists by Peter Lourie.  The text might be a bit difficult to grasp for little kids (skip it!), but beautiful, astonishing photographs in this book will start a great discussion about the polar bear scientists and what their life is like.  I now have two future polar bear scientists right in my own house.  They are eating oatmeal right now wearing their hats and gloves for practice (because Polar Bear Scientists work in such extremely cold conditions they have to do everything while wearing lots of clothes on).  

 

Polar Bear Science

Polar bears stay warm in the Arctic due to 4-5 inches of fat called blubber.  So for this experiment kids had one hand covered with shortening (very similar in nature to animal fat) and the other one not.  They put their hands in ice cold water and reported, which hand stayed warmer.  For keeping the shortening on my 6-year old chose to put on a latex glove and my 4-year old tried a plastic bag held on with a rubber band.  Kids reported that the hand inside the bag/glove with shortening felt much warmer.

Celebrate Polar Bear Day with arts, crafts, books and science.

 

Celebrate Polar Bear Day with arts, crafts, books and science.

 

Polar Bear Craft

I printed out a polar bear shape.  Kids cut it out, covered it with glue and cotton balls, and used a black marker to mark an eye and a nose.  

Celebrate Polar Bear Day with arts, crafts, books and science.

  Happy Polar Bear Day!  

 
 
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