P is for Polar Bear

July 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Yesterday we got a postcard from my dad and his wife from Norway with a picture of 3 polar bears on the front and a polar bear stamp so I thought that would be a good thing to explore today.

I did my search of the net and then did my usual adaptation of what I have in my house.

I found a stencil of the polar bear and cut it out and had the kids glue it to the black background.  On the postcard their grandfather had written that the sun doesn’t go down during the summer and I talked about how during the winter it is always black and since it is winter here that is why I chose the black background and also because I thought the white snow and fur of the polar bear would show up better.

My first inspiration was here but I didn’t have any shaving cream to make puffy paint so I did a search of the house and couldn’t even find cotton wool balls but I did find make up removal wipes which were probably better as not as fluffy so the kids had fun cutting these up and sticking them to the polar bear.

Before we begun I asked the children what they thought polar bears were covered in “skin” was their answer, which of course was right and then I asked them are they covered in hair or what?  They weren’t sure so then I asked what is Molly (our cat) covered in.  Frst answer was “tail” as I asked the question wrong first, saying what does Molly have.  The second answer was fur.  So time to cut up the fur.

After the kids covered the polar bear it was time for the “snow”!  I didn’t make the gritty snow that the crafty classroom used, instead I used sea salt.  Emily loved playing with the salt (WARNING: VERY MESSY but easy to sweep up to clean) and covered her sheet with the snow.  I found the idea for the salt because I was looking at making salt glitter.  Of course because it was snow I couldn’t add any colour to it but this is fun making homemade glitter.

Emily’s finished product

Alexander is a bit more sparing with his covering of the polar bear and the snow.

I found a polar bear colouring in/pre writing worksheet and what animals live in the arctic worksheet here and the animals in the arctic was a good discussion about how cold it is in the arctic and a lot of the water is frozen – which wouldn’t be good for frogs.  We also were able to discuss and discover what polar bears eat.  Alexander has a tag map of the world so we looked at that and there was a picture of a walrus up in the arctic ocean so we knew that walruses did live up there.  The children coloured them in.

I cut out two p’s out of black card (for the polar bear is black under his white fur) and we practised rainbow writing p’s.

For cutting practise Alexander cut out the animals in the arctic and glued them around the p.  Emily wanted to cut out the large polar bear she had coloured in.

and of course she wanted to add snow…

Alexander’s cutting practise was cutting out the animals – notice the whale got his head cut off but he got tired by now (sick again!) and so mummy finished the cutting off, just like I finished cutting the rest of Emily’s polar bear out.  Alexander wanted to shade his polar bear and of course Emily did as well.

I found some other craft ideas of penguins or polar bears here – something to ponder for another day.

I liked this handprint idea but I wasn’t up to paint mess today.  (well except for trying to make our own waterpaints which you can see in the background photos of Emily but more on that later)

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