Arctic Art and Crafts

To make a fuzzy looking polar bear, first cut out a polar bear shape. Spread glue all over it with a paintbrush, then sprinkle fake “snow” all over it. This turns out to be really cute, especially if it’s put onto light blue paper and white painted snow is added on the bottom.

(I got the fake snow at the after Christmas sale – 75% off!)

Marshmallow Igloo: Photocopy a black and white picture of an igloo. Let your children cut it out depending on what level they are at. Have the children glue mini marshmallows on the igloo to decorate it. Lots of gooey fun!

sprinkle powdered tempra paint on a sheet of construction or finger-paint paper. Put an ice cube on the paper and as it melts the children can move it around and blend the colors of paint.

After reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear, have children tear out head, body, legs, tail, and ears out of white paper and glue to blue 12 by 18 inch paper. (No cutting allowed–it makes the paper look like fuzzy fur to tear it.) At another session, have the children draw and cut out nose, eyes, mouth, and claws from black paper. You will be amazed at how cute they look!

3 thoughts on “Arctic Art and Crafts”

  1. When we studied the Arctic in my 3 year old class, we discovered that totem poles were a popular art form of northern Native Americans. After looking at lots of pictures and reading many books,we gave each child a cylinder from our local recycling center. We provided the children with googly eyes, and fun foamy shapes. They each created their own totem pole and then they were all stacked together to create our class totem pole. The finished product was taller than the children!

  2. Baby Seals – We make baby seals with our students. Ask each child to bring a child’s white sock. Then we have the children to fill the sock with poly fil stuffing. Then take a white piece of yarn and tie off the end of the sock, or you can sew it up. Then take a marker to draw eyes, nose, and whiskers. We have also used a glue gun and added googly eyes. This is simple and the children love their baby seals.

  3. When teaching children about winter animals, I chose to specify on arctic animals. Teach the children about polar bears, penguins, arctic fox, etc. Have the children create their favorite animal. Activity- make a home (an igloo) for all the winter/arctic animals. Materials: white table cloth, scissors, black marker, small round table or desks put together.
    using the black marker, draw squares on the white table cloth. Drape it on the table. Cut an opening big enough for a child to crawl through. Place the students’ pictures of their favorite animals in the igloo. Each child can go in the igloo to visit their favorite animal.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.