This printable free polar bear template is perfect for creating winter crafts with your child.
Polar bear activities are really popular at for people looking at arctic animals but you can also use them as part of looking at the environment or a wider topic on animals
We have two different templates which are perfect for using with your child no matter what your reason and as always we’ll be sharing lots of craft and activity ideas that you could do using them.
Free Polar Bear Template
There are two slightly different designs of this printable and you’ll find both of them on the PDF, just print the one that you want to use.
One of the polar bears has little rosy cheeks while the other doesn’t – I love cute cheeks on my crafts but I know some people want something that looks (gasp!) a bit less cute. Go with the one you like most.
In both cases you are of course free to print as many copies as you like, so this is perfect for crafting at home with your child, if you want to try out a few ideas (or stress free if something goes wrong and they want to start again, it happens) but it’s also great if you’re in a school or working with toddlers or preschoolers and need to print out a lot of copies.
What Color Paper Should I Print My Template On?
What color paper or cardstock you use depends on what you want to make with this template.
If you’ll be using white paint or gluing something white onto the polar bear’s body then I’d recommend going with a blue cardstock or paper to show the contrast.
If you’re leaving the polar bears body as it is and adding something to the background (or using this as a writing template) then I’d go with printing it onto white paper.
Polar Bear Craft Ideas
Coloring – while coloring this might not be the most obvious choice you could still give this a go as a polar bear coloring sheet using a white crayon or chalk marker. White pens aren’t always the greatest though so unless you have some you really trust using this for painting might be a better option.
Cotton wool – put some glue onto your template and then glue cotton balls onto it to create their fur.
Pom pom painting – we’ve made a polar bear craft before using pom pom painting without using a template ( you should check it out, it’s super easy and cute) you could easily adapt that craft and make it using the template, using pom poms dipped in paint to color it in.
Torn paper – tear and glue white paper onto the polar bears body to make their fur.
Q-tips – dab a q-tip (cotton bud) in white paint and dab it around your polar bear to make little round snow flakes.
Buttons – got excess white buttons at home? Why not glue these on to your polar bear’s body for a bit of texture, this is good for helping with fine motor skills too. Obviously if you are using small parts like buttons then you will need to supervise your child at all times.
Collage – what could you add to the background of this picture? Try gluing on leaves or sticks to make trees for your winter scene, foil for some ice or use blue scrap paper or construction paper for water or the sky. You could also use scissors to cut out the polar bear itself and stick it onto a different background. Check out our polar bear collage craft to see how we made this craft with foil, scrap paper and of course this printable.
Writing prompt – if you’re learning about polar bears you could write some words or sentences inside of the polar bear outline to show what you’ve learnt.
More Polar Bear Crafts for Kids
I made this polar bear paper plate craft with my kids, we all enjoyed sticking down the fluffy cotton wool onto their faces.
This yogurt pot polar bear was one I created when we I made some crafts for animals affected by climate change It’s a good way to practice some scissor skills and if you could easily change the main material for a paper cup instead.
I love this cute paper bag polar bear craft that can be used as a puppet too, I’ve also shared a way to adapt this craft to make it easier for younger kids to draw the features.
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