Polar Bear Dot-to-Dot
I started off by drawing a polar bear with a help of a youtube video. Do you like my polar bear? Can you tell I've been taking Drawing lessons lately? I then turned my drawing into a dot to dot, and laminated it. Kids got to practice numbers 1 through 70 and have fun doing it. I asked them to say the numbers out loud as they connected the dots with dry erase marker.
My 4-year old colored her polar bear black after she connected the dots. She said, white was boring.
Polar Bear Puzzle
Next I laminated another copy of my Polar Bear drawing and cut it into eight pieces for puzzle fun. Kids love puzzles. (I do too, but of different nature). Note the intense look of concentration.
(By the way, I can not imagine a homeschooling life without my Scotch Laminator).
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends)by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, of course! This book gets them very excited. And loud! Don't read it before bed!
The Polar Bear Scientists by Peter Lourie. The text might be a bit difficult to grasp for little kids (skip it!), but beautiful, astonishing photographs in this book will start a great discussion about the polar bear scientists and what their life is like. I now have two future polar bear scientists right in my own house. They are eating oatmeal right now wearing their hats and gloves for practice (because Polar Bear Scientists work in such extremely cold conditions they have to do everything while wearing lots of clothes on). We loved this book!
I came across this cute experiment while I was researching polar bear facts. Turns out that polar bears stay warm in the Arctic due to 4-5 inches of fat called blubber. So for this experiment kids had one hand covered with shortening (very similar in nature to animal fat) and the other one not. They put their hands in ice cold water and reported, which hand stayed warmer. For keeping the shortening on My 6-year old chose putting on a latex glove and my 4-year old tried a plastic bag held on with a rubber band. Kids reported that the hand inside the bag/glove with shortening felt much warmer.
And as for the craft I simply printed out a polar bear printout and gave it to kids. They cut it out, covered it with glue and cotton balls, and used a black marker to mark an eye and a nose. Happy Polar Bear Day!
What do you know about Polar Bears? Have you ever come across interesting Polar Bear resources?