Inside: This easy and fun polar bear craft for kids includes a free printable polar bear outline, making this project perfect for school or home!
This past Sunday, the boys and I visited our local library and checked out several books about polar bears. My kindergartener was especially curious about how polar bears survived and stayed warm in the arctic snow. He poured over the books all afternoon!
Shared below is an easy polar bear craft that helped anchor our new knowledge of polar bears. It includes a free printable polar bear outline, so you can have fun at home too!
Easy Polar Bear Craft for Kids with Polar Bear Outline
One interesting thing we learned was that polar bears actually have black skin! Their black skin absorbs heat, a 4.5-inch layer of fat helps keep their body warm in icy water, and their thick fur prevents heat loss on land.
This simple paper craft illustrates the polar bear’s thick white fur and black skin. It’s fun for home or school and helps develop fine-motor skills in little ones.
Materials for Polar Bear Craft
- Polar Bear Outline
- White card stock
- Washable black paint
- White school glue or glue stick
- Wiggly eyes
- Cotton balls
- Light blue card stock
- White acrylic paint or tempera paint
- Silver glitter
Polar Bear Craft Directions
1. Print our free polar bear outline on white card stock. Our polar bear template is a 2-page PDF that includes a large polar bear and 2 medium-sized polar bears.
2. Invite your child to choose the polar bear they wish to use, then paint it with black washable paint.
Tip: No paint? Trace the polar bear outline onto black card stock or construction paper instead!
3. When the paint is dry, cut out the polar bear with scissors.
4. Next, glue stretched cotton balls over the polar bear’s body.
5. Glue 1 wiggly eye to the polar bear’s face.
6. Cut a small circle of black paper for the polar bear’s nose and secure it with glue to the polar bear’s face.
7. Glue the polar bear onto light blue card stock.
8. Last, use white paint and silver glitter to create a snowy scene. Kids can use a paintbrush, cotton swabs, or their fingertips!