It’s cold outside, so winter crafts are filling up our house. Today we worked on a Polar Bear craft, but also spent time talking about this amazing animal.
Did you know?
The polar bear has webbed feet.
They have small ears so they won’t freeze.
They live to be about 30 years old.
Their hair is really transparent, the way it reflects makes it look white.
Under their fur they have black skin.
Males do not help protect their cubs.
Ready to make your own Polar Bear?!
2 pieces of white paper (card stock or construction paper is preferred)
Black Marker or Crayon
Googly Eyes (not necessary)
Glue the pieces on top of each other in the middle of the page. And, name your Polar Bear, of course!
Here's a fun project you can try at home on a snowy day!
Step 1) Arrange colorful tissue paper on a piece of card stock or watercolor paper - you can use tissue paper squares like we did or just cut large tissue paper into small pieces - just lay the tissue paper down, no need to glue
2) Cover the tissue paper with snow from outside - best to keep your paper in a tray of some kind
3) Watch as the snow melts completely - kids enjoy seeing the colors begin to bleed and swirl as the snow melts
4) Once the snow has melted you can brush off the wet tissue paper leaving behind a beautiful design on your paper
5) Let dry and display!
Who is going to try?! We want to see how yours turn out!
This colorful dot painting was SO easy and it was a great project for my son and daughter to do together. I am always looking for projects that are easy enough for my 2 year old but still entertaining enough for my almost 5 year old. All we used for this painting was a muffin tin and some acrylic paints. You can use tempera paint as well!
I didn't give the kids much instruction, I just told them to paint the muffin pan that we turned upside down and I encouraged them to use lots of colors. We had fun counting the circles and the kids learned what happened when the colors mixed. My son started to adjust his technique adding more color to his brush so he could apply the paint thicker.
Once they got all of the circles covered in paint we used a canvas panel (you can use card stock or any paper you have on hand) to make a print. The kids were amazed to see the end result and how the paint made fun textures on the canvas.
They wanted to do it again and again so we used some sheets of card stock to make a few more prints. You can make a few prints from the first paint application and you can keep layering paint and making prints as long as you want.
This Galaxy Jar takes about 5 minutes for prep time and 10 minutes to create, totaling 15 minutes. We suggest certain materials but also offer substitutes making this an easy DIY project!
The Galaxy Jar can be used as a calming jar to help kiddos calm down and also help with any anxiety they are feeling. Above all, they are beautiful and fun--AND super easy to make!
2. Add paint or food coloring to the water. We used about half a teaspoon, but it’s really not something you have to formally measure out. This is something you can “eyeball.” Next, add a few shakes of glitter.
You can see that the cotton balls are helping the colors stay in place!
6. Repeat steps 1-3 again until the jar is full. We used black as the top layer, but white or another light color could have looked cool, too!
Seal tight and enjoy your Galaxy Jar! The mess is pretty minimal and can be contained with paper as the backdrop. My daughter wanted to make more and we were out of cotton balls so she used paper towels instead. It didn’t have the same look, but still worked great!