Looking for some fun polar bear activities this winter? Start with this huge list of literacy ideas, STEM activities, sensory play setups, and adorable polar bear crafts. These creative, educational ideas will help you hit it out of the ballpark!
Alphabet and Literacy Activities
First up, here are some ways to work letter recognition, sight word practice and story sequencing into your polar bear unit.
Go fishing with the polar bears in this hands-on winter sight word activity! Grab the free printable and some magnets to make a literacy center or at-home activity they'll want to practice over and over.
If you read aloud the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? your kiddos might enjoy these free printable story sequencing hats. While the book is about a variety of animals, it does start with a polar bear!
These free printable alphabet worksheets feature fun facts about 7 different arctic animals, including polar bears. Students use dot markers to stamp the letters, and then they can ask their grownups to share the "Read to Me" section with them.
Dive into your stash of craft sticks to make this cute polar bear craft, along with a few other arctic animal friends. There's a printable template to make prep super easy for you. These sturdy crafts can also double as puppets.
Or, if you'd rather turn your paper folding into a polar bear bookmark, you can follow along with this tutorial. Kids could even make up a set of these to send to relatives to cheer them up this winter.
Polar Bear STEM Activities
These STEM activities related to polar bears are all super engaging! Experiment with ice, “blubber”, and some fun engineering challenges related to this favorite arctic animal.
Counting and learning numbers can be easy and fun for preschoolers! This Polar Bear Math Game adds a little gross motor movement in for Kinesthetic learners and to help keep kids active and moving throughout the day.
Here's another way for kids to explore how polar bears (and other marine mammals like whales) stay warm in frigid temperatures. You can perform this simple science experiment using household materials! Learn all about blubber and how it helps polar bears in several ways.
Roll the dice and try out this engaging polar bear math game for preschoolers.
Arctic Sensory Play Activities
Sensory play gives toddlers and preschoolers a chance to touch, feel, and see new textures and objects in an open-ended experience. You can re-create one of these polar bear sensory bins, or combine your favorite elements from several of them.
I LOVE this clever arctic animals sensory bin, and I think your littles will too. This one would work especially well if you have real snow to add to it, but that's not even the coolest thing about it ...