We love sharing activities and crafts for toddlers with you and today’s post is perfect for a bit of winter crafting! This easy polar bear craft for toddlers is suitable for older kids too but the materials it uses mean that it’s a great fine motor activity for little hands.
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Ways To Adapt This Polar Bear Craft
Using pom poms* is a great way to help with fine motor skills, plus I think that anything other than a normal paintbrush is a bit more interesting for kids!
One of the nice things about this craft that makes it good for toddlers is that it really doesn’t matter if you don’t make a perfect bear shape, any pom pom prints that go off course could of course be snowflakes! If you did want to add some more snowflakes to this picture you could use a different sized pom pom or try snowflake stickers* or stampers*, my kids are normally of the ‘more is more’ frame of mind so I know these would be a winner with them! Another idea could be finger painted snowflakes or perhaps using the end of a cotton bud.
You could also go ahead and paint on the whole of the polar bears body.
Don’t like getting hands dirty? You could use a clothes peg to hold the pom pom.
As well as this polar bear craft I’m sharing some great polar bear books for kids plus keep reading for more polar bear crafts for kids too.
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About This Craft
While I’ve called this activity a polar bear craft for toddlers, it’s obviously suitable for older children too, especially preschoolers. If you do choose to make this craft with a young child you will need to do any cutting out for them and adapt it to their needs, abilities and interests. As with any craft with children, you will need to supervise the activity constantly, especially as pom poms can be a choking hazard.
- Pom pom
- Reusable plate
- White paint
- Coloured card
- Googly eyes or scrap paper and black pen
- Back card or black marker pen
- Pour some white paint into a reusable plate to make it easier to access.
- On the coloured card make a large circle for the polar bears face by dipping the pom pom into white paint and then dabbing it on to the card.
- Make two smaller circles at the top to make the polar bear's ears. You could use different sized pom poms for this if you liked.
- Using the pom pom 'colour in' the polar bear by filling his face with paint using the pom poms dabbed in the white paint.
- Glue on googly eyes for your polar bear.
- To make the polar bears mouth either cut a triangular shape and mouth shape from black card and glue these on - the cutting will likely need to be done by a grown up if you are making this with a toddler, or wait until the paint is dry and draw the polar bear's features on with a black marker pen.
Polar Bear Books for Kids:
When it’s cold outside there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up inside with a story! Why not check out these polar bear books and find something new to read with your toddler.
More Polar Bear Crafts
Got some paper plates at home? This polar bear craft for kids is one that I made with my children and is super simple to make.
This paper bag polar bear craft has two designs so you can adapt it to your child’s abilities. It also makes a great DIY puppet to play with!
Polar bears are one of the most well known animals affected by climate change and in this post I’ve shared a few ideas for creating animals out of recycled materials including this yogurt pot polar bear craft.