With the cold weather starting to settle in I thought it would be good to share something a little seasonal to keep the kids occupied if you don’t fancy braving the outdoor weather. The arctic has got to be as cold as it gets and these arctic animal crafts for kids are all super cute! Hopefully there’ll be some in here that you kids will love too. There are lots of arctic animal crafts for toddlers and preschoolers in this list but lots are suitable for school age kids too, just take a look through and find the ones which are best suited to your child.
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What Are Arctic Animals
Arctic animals are those that live in the arctic region, the polar region at the northernmost part of our planet. Arctic animals include the following:
- Polar bear
- Arctic fox
- Snowy owl
- Arctic hare
Arctic Animal Crafts for Kids
This is actually an older post that I’ve updated as one of the crafts I previously linked to is from a site that no longer exists. It’s given me the opportunity though to add to this post with even more arctic animal crafts and I love all the great ideas in this post. If you like this post too then be certain to bookmark this page or pin an image so that you have all these ideas to hand when you need them, plus keep reading for some brilliant arctic animal books to share with your kids as well as more ideas for winter themed crafts.
This paper plate walrus craft is one that I made with my kids and is super simple.
I Heart Crafty Things shares a great paper plate arctic fox tutorial.
I love this paper plate narwhal craft and my kids did too!
This polar bear will be great for younger kids to make and you don’t need too many materials for it either.
I made this cute snowy owl craft with my kids.
Fireflies and Mudpies shares a great cotton wool polar bear craft.
Make an easy polar bear craft for kids using paper plates.
This polar bear craft for toddlers is suitable for older kids too and is great for fine motor skills.
Orca’s often seem to get left out of kids crafts, no idea why as they are awesome animals! We made this paper plate orca which is a really easy craft for kids.
Make a simple cupcake liner moose following this tutorial from Glued To My Crafts.
We’re big fans of narwhals and this narwhal craft from Red Ted Art is adorable. It would be great for studying about under the sea too.
Use the free template provided to make this walrus craft.
Learning about the alphabet? This M is for moose craft is from A Little Pinch of Perfect.
I love this sweet yogurt pot polar bear craft that we made.
Use up old newspaper to make this polar bear craft.
We love crafts that use materials you already have so this cupcake liner walrus is a great idea.
Lots of reindeer crafts have red shiny noses as Christmas crafts are so popular but of course you don’t have to make them that way! This paper bag reindeer is good for using as a DIY puppet too.
Make a cute polar bear mask like this one from I Heart Crafty Things.
Make a simple snowy owl craft with tissue paper, it’s a great material to craft with and makes a fun change from grabbing the paints.
This paper bag polar bear craft is great as your kids can use it as a puppet too.
Sunshine Whispers shares how to make a toilet roll polar bear.
Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails has a simple tutorial for making potato print polar bears.
Create a shaving cream polar bear like this idea from Parenting Chaos.
Love handprint crafts? This walrus handprint idea from Red Ted Art looks great.
Arty Crafty Kids shares how to make some toilet roll reindeers.
Mom Explores South West Florida has a moose puppet craft.
This arctic fox craft is a good way to teach kids about camouflage
Arctic Animal Books for Kids
As a family we love to share stories together and I think in colder weather there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up together over a book! Why not try out some of these kids books featuring arctic animals.
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear* by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
- Look Closer: Into The Arctic*
- There’s a Walrus In My Bed* by Ciara Flood
More Winter Crafts for Kids
Grab some scrap paper and make this mosaic snowman craft for kids.
I love penguin crafts but obviously couldn’t include any in the round up above! If you love winter animal crafts too though then this movable penguin paper plate craft is a must.
Finally for tons of inspiration for easy ideas perfect for little hands be certain to check out this round up of winter crafts for toddlers