This easy polar bear craft is great for younger kids. It uses basic supplies and simple shapes. It’s a wonderful winter animal craft for the preschool classroom or the kitchen table.
Polar Bear Craft
This craft is so easy you can have the whole class working on them at once. Glue together circle shapes to create a simple animal that kids will love to make.
Finding crafts to get you through those long winter months can be a challenge. This easy craft is a great way for kids of all ages to create during the winter season.
Sometimes the most basic craft is all you have time for. This simple animal craft is perfect for little crafters.
You’ll be amazed by how easy this craft is. Plus it sneaks in some important skill-building. Like fine motor skills and cutting practice.
You can use this easy winter craft in several ways.
- Hang them in your playroom or classroom.
- Display several cute polar bears on your classroom bulletin board.
- Put them on the front of a winter card.
- Decorate your front window.
- Add them to your fridge.
- Create them at your local library to go with a fun winter-themed book.
- Create them during a winter-themed unit or arctic animals unit
- Make them on International Polar Bear Day (February 27th)
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Why do we love crafting with construction paper?
Why do we love paper crafts? Because they secretly teach so many important skills for kids.
- Fine motor skills
- Cutting practice
- Following instructions
- and more!
If you’re looking for more ways to inspire your kids, check out our construction paper book!
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Tips for creating this animal craft:
These bears are very simple. But here are some tips to help you along the way.
- If cutting out the eyes is too difficult for your little ones you can easily just draw them on with a black marker.
- If you are trying to create this craft quickly, pre-cut your circles.
- Let kids play with the different sizes of circles. They can make a giant polar bear or a bunch of tiny polar bear cubs!
- Make different kinds of bears. Swap out the white paper and make a black or brown bear.
- Young children may need help creating the rectangle used to make this a 3D papercraft. You may need to assist them.
- We used construction paper, but you can use white printer paper if that’s what you have.
- Use a piece of painter’s tape to secure the paint palette to the table. This will help keep the white paint in one place.
- Play around with different ways to create this fun polar bear craft.
- Maybe make the ears out of cotton balls
- Use puffy paint to draw the mouth.
- Use googly eyes instead of paper.
- Paper - White, Black, & Background Color (ours is blue)
- White Paint
- Glue Stick
- Black Marker
- Cotton Swab
- Start by drawing circles onto the white paper. You need one large circle just a touch smaller than half the sheet. One medium circle. Two small circles.
- On your black paper (you can use scraps for this) Draw two small circles and one oval for the polar bear's nose.
- Have the kiddos cut out all of their circles. Then glue the large one down on your background first. You will only need a half sheet of paper for each background.
- Next, add on your small white circles as ears. Glue these on and tuck them under the edge of the head a bit.
- Glue your black oval onto your medium white circle. Use your black marker to finish his mouth.
- Glue on your two little circles for the eyes.
- Now to make the snout 3D. Take a scrap from your white paper and trim it to a rectangle. Fold in the edges to create a rectangle shape.
- Glue one side of your rectangle to the back of the snout.
- Then add on your head. Make sure to press the glue tabs down.
- Last, come back with a bit of white paint and a cotton swab to add snow!
If cutting out the eyes is too difficult for your little ones you can easily just draw these on with black marker.
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