Who doesn’t love a polar bear? When I was a little girl I was always fascinated seeing them interact at the zoo and would wait what seemed hours just to see one jump into the big pool of water provided at the exhibit. They are such magnificent animals and make a great addition to any paper plate animal craft collection.
Some cool facts about polar bears:
- Adult females often weigh between 500 and 600 pounds.
- Adult males can grow to be 10 feet tall and weigh over 1400 pounds!
- Female polar bears do not start having cubs until they are about 4 or 5 years old.
- Polar bear babies weigh a little more than a pound when they are born
- A polar bear’s fur is not white, it is actually hollow. The hollow fur traps the suns heat to help keep the polar bear warm and the fur reflects light.
- Polar bears fur is oily and water repellant which allows them to shake dry after swimming.
- Polar bears can swim up to 100 miles (an average of 6 miles per hour). Wow!
Ideal for this type of Little Crafter
Preschoolers – 3rd graders
4 – 8 years old
What you’ll need
- Paper plates
- Cotton balls (about 20–25 per student)
- Polar bear face template
- Craft Glue
- Crayons or markers
How-to make this craft
- Print your polar bear paper plate face template before you begin.
- Start with a paper plate and about 20–25 cotton balls.
- Gently spread the cotton balls apart with your fingers to make them loose and fluffy. Then have use the glue to cover the surface of the plate with the cotton balls.
- Take the a copy of the polar bear face template and your child cut out the eyes, nose/mouth, and ears.
- Then glue the bear’s eyes to the cotton balls at the top of the plate and its nose/mouth below. Ask your child to glue the ears to the top edge of the plate to complete the polar bear’s face.