This Polar Bear Art for Preschoolers is an easy activity to add to your winter animal theme. Download and print out the polar bear printable to use for some of your arts and crafts this season. Since winter is the perfect time to introduce your kids to polar bears and their habitat, we are sharing several fantastic ideas with you.
Polar Bear Art for Kids
Polar Bear Art for Preschoolers
This Polar Bear Art for Preschoolers is an easy activity to add to your winter animal preschool theme.
Polar Bears are exciting animals to learn about, and they can be used for several winter themes.
Your children can paint a lovely Polar Bear Process Art project using this easy technique and the finished piece is stunning! Hang it up to display all winter long.
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Polar Bear Preschool Activities
Check out some of our favorite polar bear activity ideas, books, and more in this post. Plus, get the scoop on how your children can paint a lovely polar bear art project using easy techniques and my polar bear printable.
The end result is stunning! Hang it up to display all winter long in your homeschool space or classroom. Keep reading to learn more.
Polar Bear Activities
Kids love using watercolors for painting so coming up with this winter art idea was easy. After reading about polar bears and talking about where polar bears live I told Belle, she could paint the paper whatever colors she thought went with a polar bear scene.
She used a few different blues and said it reminded her of the ocean and sky.
Children can also use a variety of colors for it to look like the sunset or the aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
After the background is completely painted and you’ve let it dry for a few minutes. Cut out your polar bear to use for the next step. I suggest having them cut out beforehand if you are doing this art activity with a class or multiple children.
Set aside your polar bear to use for a different activity or you can see the other ideas for this polar bear art below.
Have your child place the white paper on top of their painting.
We used a large marshmallow and white washable paint for the Polar Bear. Your child should dab the marshmallow or use it to paint the polar bear. You can also use cotton balls for painting.
Take the paper off when the children are done, and you have your polar bear art piece.
Arctic Activities for Preschoolers
Polar Bear Art Activity
There are so many fun activities and read alouds all about polar bears that you can do with your preschoolers.
Try some of our favorites, beginning with this easy polar bear art activity. It’s the perfect way to encourage creative expression, build fine motor skills, explore colors, and have fun with polar bears this Winter!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Printable polar bear template
- White cardstock or paper
- Watercolor paint and brush
- Washable Crayola paint (white)
First, talk with your preschoolers about polar bears. You can share some of the interesting polar bear facts from above. It helps to talk some about where polar bears live and what they look like before beginning this project.
Then, encourage your preschoolers to use watercolor paints to paint a background for their polar bear art activity. My daughter chose to use lots of blues after learning about the sky and ice in the Arctic, but I let her choose whatever colors she liked.
Giving preschoolers space to be creative and venture off the beaten path is important, so resist the urge to manage their color choices.
Polar Bear Books for Kids
While you’re waiting for the background to dry, share some of our favorite polar bear books with your preschool learners:
- Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons
- The Lonely Polar Bear by Khoa Le
- If I Knew a Polar Bear by Karen Sutula
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
- Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear by Nicola Davies
- The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond
Once the background paint has dried, your preschoolers are ready to create their very own polar bears! First, print the polar bear template and cut out the polar bear. This will serve as a stencil for your preschoolers.
Next, let preschoolers use the washable white paint to fill in the bear-shaped space, creating their very own polar bear art. We used a large marshmallow to dip in the paint, but you can use a paintbrush, cotton ball, cotton swab, or even fingers! Plus, finger painting is a super fun sensory experience for preschool learners this January.
Remove the paper template when your preschoolers are finished painting their polar bear art activity. Voila!
A beautiful polar bear art project to decorate your classroom, homeschool space, or even hang in your child’s room this Winter.
Polar Bear Craft for Preschoolers
A few things to do or share with your children before an activity is to read a good book or share a few fun facts.
Interesting Polar Bear Facts
There are so many interesting things to learn about polar bears! Share these fun facts with your preschoolers this winter:
- Polar Bears are considered marine mammals because they spend most of their lives on the ice of the Arctic Ocean.
- They depend on the ocean for their food.
- Polar Bears can swim for several hours without getting tired.
- Male Polar Bears can weigh as much as ten men.
- A polar Bear’s skin is black and its fur is see-through which gives it a white look.
- They live in a snow den during the coldest months or when giving birth to a new baby.
- Polar Bears are the only bear species to be considered marine mammals.
You can share all kinds of other interesting things about polar bears with your preschoolers in National Geographic Readers: Polar Bear book by Laura Marsh.
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Just click below to print out my no-prep polar bear printable to use with some of your arts and crafts this Winter season.
After all, winter is the perfect time to introduce your preschoolers to polar bears and their icy habitat.
More Polar Bear Activities
This printable polar bear template can be used in so many ways as you learn about these amazing creatures with your preschoolers this Winter. Check out more fun ideas for preschoolers:
- Have your preschoolers glue cotton balls to the polar bear for a fluffy polar bear art activity.
- Cut the polar bear out and glue it onto your painted paper to practice scissor skills and explore mixed media art with your preschoolers.
- Have younger children use this as a coloring page during your winter animal theme to build concentration and fine motor skills. Plus, it’s a great way to keep little hands busy during read-alouds.
- Print multiple polar bears and hide them around the room. Then, go on a polar bear hunt! Check out Going On a Polar Bear Hunt from Mr. Mike TV to get you started.
You can even make polar bear slime! Preschoolers love slime. Plus, it’s a great sensory experience you can use to learn about polar bears, chemical reactions, and even build fine motor skills.
Check out my polar bear snow slime recipe to learn how you can make your own fun sensory slime this Winter.
What’s your favorite polar bear book for preschool learners? Share your favorite Winter books, interesting polar bear facts, and fun polar bear preschool activities in the comment section for everyone to see.
I can’t wait to read about your favorite polar bear activities for preschoolers and try a few with my kids this winter too!
Preschool Winter Themes
Polar bears are exciting animals to learn about. They can be used for many preschool winter themes.
Check out one of our favorite winter preschool themes that include polar bear activities and books:
Winter Animals Theme
This winter animals preschool theme is a Montessori-inspired approach to learning filled with no-prep printables, awesome book suggestions, and fun activities your preschoolers will love this Winter. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to learn all about polar bears. It’s the perfect preschool winter theme to do with this adorable polar bear art activity.