Tuesday, January 19, 2010


If I'm teaching the children about animals I usually try to bring in real pictures of the animal so they can get an idea of what they really look like. I find google works well for this.

I then make a felt animal to show the children the different body parts of the animal. We put it together at circle as we talk about each body part.
Some facts about Polar Bears

* polar bears are carnivores they only eat meat...FISH
* Polar bears don't drink water...they only swim in it
* They have very powerful smell-- that helps them smell out the fish in the water
* They have VERY sharp teeth and claws for hunting and eating fish and seals
*Polar bears paddle with their front paws and steer with their back feet
* Polar bears have two types of fur. The botton layer keeps the bear warm and the top fur is like straws and they keep the bear from getting wet.
* Under their fur polar bears are black
* Baby polar bears are called cubs....most mommys have two cubs at a time...TWINS.


Roley Poley Polar Bears Song

The roley poley polar bears
Like dancing in the snow
And they don't care if they don't have a fiddle or a bow
Each takes his place and curtsies low
And smiles a gentle smile
When polar bears go dancing
They do it with great style

Polar Bear Pokey
(the same as the hokey pokey but instead use polar bear body parts)

You put your ears in
You put your claws in
You put your tail in
You put your black nose in
You put your furry body in


Five little bears

Heard a loud roar

One ran away

Then there were four!

Four little bears

In water to their knees

One fell in the ice

Then there were three!

Three little bears

Deciding what to do

One fell asleep

Then there were two!

Two little bears

Having lots of fun

One went home

Then there was one!

One little bear

Playing in the arctic sun

He got bored and swam for home

Then there were none!

(use this poem with coloured felt fish and put them in a fabric bag for the children to pull out and identify)

Marco the Polar Bear
As white as the snow
Sat on the ice, near the cold waters flow
Lunch! I need lunch he said
I'll make a wish.
He stuck in his paw and came up with a fish!


Shaving cream polar bears
Don't forget to cut out the bears using black construction paper...remember under their white fur they are black. Then have the children cover the bear with white shaving cream. Then let dry.

Ice Cube Painting

Take a piece of white paper and sprinkle a bit of powder paint on it....use any colour. For this I would put out dark and light blue.
Let your child rub an ice cube over the paper and paint and watch what happens. This is messy and fingers will get chilly but it's a great painting technique.

Styrofoam Cup Polar Bear

Cotton Ball Polar Bear

Use white bread and a bear cookie cutter to make Polar bear sandwiches. For the face of the bear use raisins for eyes and a nose.

(photos courtesy of amazon.com)

Polar Bear What Do You Hear-Eric Carle

The Polar Bear Paddle- David Bedford

The Three Snow Bears- Jan Brett
Dear Polar Bear-Barry Ablett


  1. Wait, wait, what? Polar bears don't drink water? What do they drink? I have to know!!!!!

  2. I looked it up and this is what a site said "Polar bears don't drink water. They get all the liquids that they need from the animals that they eat". I found another site with a scientific explanation as to why but it was way over my head...

    I couldnt imagine life without water....or wine...ha


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