Using crafts to teach invaluable lessons in creativity and imagination is an important part of preschool. Art projects strengthen children's fine motor skills and their spatial awareness. Other concepts such as shapes, sizes and colours can also be taught while creating fun polar bear projects. Reading a story featuring a polar bear then making a polar bear craft increases their retention ability. Most of the supplies necessary are basic art supplies such as construction paper, glue, and pom-poms. What better way to finish a polar bear lesson then to make and eat a marshmallow polar bear.
Polar Bear Face
Cut the following circles out of white construction paper: two 4-inch circles and two 2-inch circles. Cut the following circles out of black construction paper: one 3-inch circle and two 1-inch circles. If the children's cutting skills are good enough, the circles can be drawn on the construction paper and the children can cut out the circles during the project. Select a piece of construction paper for the background. This piece may be any colour the child chooses. Orient the background paper to portrait layout. To form the head of the polar bear, glue the two 4-inch white circles in the centre of the background page with the bottom circle overlapping the top one just a bit. Create the polar bears ears by gluing the two 2-inch circles to the top of the bear's head. Glue the 3-inch black circle on the middle of the bottom 4-inch white circle to form a nose. Draw a mouth under the nose with crayons or markers. Glue the two 1-inch circle eyes to the head beneath the ears.
Cotton Ball Polar Bear
Draw the outline of a polar bear on a piece of white construction paper. If creating this project for several children, print out a template and photocopy onto white construction paper or card stock. Have the children cut out the polar bear. Glue cotton balls onto the polar bear. White craft glue works better than glue sticks. Once the bear is completely covered, glue on a googly eye. This craft can be extended to form an arctic scene by gluing the bear onto a piece of blue construction paper and having the children draw a polar bear's habitat with crayons.
Pom-pom Polar Bear
Glue two large white pom-poms together using white craft glue. The top pom-pom will be the head while the other forms the body. Allow the pom-poms to dry just a little before moving to the next step. Once dry, glue two small pom-poms onto the bear's head. Allow the ears to dry a little. Create the face by gluing two small googly eyes onto the bear's head. For the nose, glue a tiny brown pom-pom beneath the eyes. Cut a small bow tie from either blue felt or pink felt depending on whether the polar bear is a boy or a girl. If the bear is a boy, glue the blue bow tie just beneath the head. If the bear is a girl, glue the small pink bow on top of the head. Use four sparkly white pom-poms to create the bear's feet and paws. Allow the entire bear to dry. If the bear does not sit up well, glue the bear onto a piece of white cardboard.
Marshmallow Polar Bear
Stick two large marshmallows together with a toothpick to create the polar bear's body. Form the legs of the polar bear by pushing two small marshmallows onto the end of four different toothpicks. Stick two of the legs toward the back of the polar bear and the remaining two legs in the front of the bear. Positioned correctly the marshmallow bear should stand on all four legs. Tear a large marshmallow in half and thread it onto another toothpick. Slide that into the top of the body to make the head. Attach with white icing two brown mini M&M for the eyes, one for the nose, and two white jelly beans for the ears.