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Your kids are absolutely going to love this fuzzy polar bear craft! You’ll love the secret to the polar bear “fur”!
This adorable preschool winter craft is the perfect addition to your winter animals, polar bear, or general winter lesson plans.
Polar bears are so cute, and they’re one of my favorite exhibits at our local zoo.
Did you know they aren’t really white? They actually have black skin and hollow hair that reflects the light and makes them look white!
Polar Bear Craft
This polar bear craft requires a little prep work, but the free printable template makes it a bit easier.
What You’ll Need
- black sharpie
- (1) 11”x11” white washcloth
- 1 thin black foam sheet
- hot glue gun/glue
- light pink washable marker
- blue construction paper (optional)
- white crayon (optional)
How to Make a Polar Bear Craft
Print out the provided template at 100%. Then, cut out the bear part pieces. I like to print on cardstock, because I find it sturdier than regular printer paper.
Trace the inner ear (x2), eye (x2), nose and mouth on the black foam with a pencil, and then cut out all pieces.
Trace the head, ear (x2), and muzzle on the white washcloth with a black sharpie. Now, cut out all of the pieces.
Place the ear pieces behind the head piece where the polar bear’s ears would be.
Once you have them where you want them, carefully place hot glue behind the overlapping head area and stick it down to the ear; repeat with the other ear.
Place the muzzle in the lower middle part of the face, about ¼”- ½” above the bottom edge of the face.
Fold one half of the muzzle over, put a thin line of hot glue around the edge, fold it back down and press down. Repeat on the other half of the muzzle.
Hot glue the foam inner ear pieces, the eyes, the nose and then the mouth onto your washcloth polar bear. Trim the top line of the mouth if needed.
Using your fingertip like a stamp, color a thick layer of the light pink marker on it and then stamp it down on the cheek areas to give your polar bear rosy cheeks.
Repeat until your polar bear’s cheeks are perfectly rosy 🙂
Color a snowy background on some blue construction paper and mount your polar bear on it if you want to!
NOTE: If you’d prefer, you can use construction paper for this entire craft instead of a washcloth and craft foam. If you do, you won’t need the hot glue gun. You’ll want glue sticks on hand.
BOOKS ABOUT POLAR BEARS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about polar bears. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? – What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They’ll make the sounds the animals make. And they’ll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book– look at the last page!
Polar Bears – Here is information about how polar bears swim and hunt, how they keep warm and dry, and the many other ways they adapt to their environment.
Little Polar Bear – It’s a big day for the little polar bear Lars! His father takes him hunting for the very first time, and that night he is so tired from all his lessons that he falls fast asleep. He sleeps so soundly that he doesn’t hear the ice crack, doesn’t feel himself slowly drift away from his father and the North Pole – he doesn’t realize that his adventures have just begun.
This “ARCTIC WILDLIFE” quiet book introduces your baby the Polar animals, helps to develop imagination and fine motor skills!
This Arctic small world sensory bin filler includes everything your child needs to engage in beneficial sensory play. Sensory play encourages children to explore their senses and enhances creativity.
- white washcloth
- thin black craft foam
- blue construction paper
- hot glue gun/glue sticks
- pink marker
- white crayon
- Download the polar bear template, print, and cut out the pieces.
- Trace the inner ear (x2), eye (x2), nose and mouth on the black foam with a pencil; cut all pieces out.
- Trace the head, ear (x2), and muzzle on the white washcloth with a black sharpie; cut all pieces out.
- Glue the ears behind the head.
- Place the muzzle in the lower middle part of the face, about ¼”- ½” above the bottom edge of the face.
- Fold one half of the muzzle over, put a thin line of hot glue around the edge, fold it back down and press down. Repeat on the other half of the muzzle.
- Glue the foam inner ear pieces, the nose, the eyes, and the mouth onto the washcloth. Trim the top of the mouth piece if necessary.
- Color your fingertip with the pink marker, and stamp rosy cheeks on your polar bear face.
- Glue the polar bear on a sheet of blue construction paper and draw a snowy background with a white crayon.
Download the polar bear template.