Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fuzzy Polar Bear Kids Craft: Project #3 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011 from

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #3: Fuzzy Polar Bear
for Ages 3 Years and Up

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:
About 15 -30 Minutes

What To Do: 
  1. Print out Fuzzy Polar Bear Template. Make the page setup: landscape, 0 margins, and no titles or URLs before printing. Print it out onto white construction paper OR print it out on regular paper, cut out the pattern, and glue it to the center of the white construction paper. Hint: using regular paper won't work on this project because the paper isn't strong enough to hold the glued cotton balls. It will warp.
  2. Cover the polar bear with glue - enough that all the cotton ball pieces will stick.
  3. Take about 10 cotton balls and stretch them (tear them apart) into billowy pieces and then press each one down onto the template. Repeat until entire polar bear (head and ears) are covered.
  4. Using blue glitter glue squeeze out enough to create 2 large eyes on your bear's face.
  5. Take the long blue pipe cleaner and cut off 4 inches to make a smiley mouth. Set aside.
  6. Bend the rest of the pipe cleaner (or use another one) and bend it around itself circularly (like a snail) until you have created his nose.
  7. Glue the nose onto your bear. Hint: apply the glue to the back of the nose, not the cotton balls.
  8. Glue the smile onto your bear. Hint: apply the glue to the back of the smiley, not the cotton balls.
  9. Decorate the white construction paper background with 3d snowflake stickers - or with whatever you want!
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Hang and appreciate :)

    For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by cutting out the eyes, nose, and mouth that's he's designed on construction paper (instead of using glitter glue). He might also have some fun using a piece of material and cutting out a fun looking winter hat to put on the bear's head. A pom pom would look great at the top of the hat!

    For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child in all steps as much as needed - but allow it to be their project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity. Sensory seekers will enjoy pulling apart the cotton balls and feeling their soft texture. This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

    Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

    Associated Educational Activities:
    • Read your child's favorite book about polar bears! Our favorite is "Big Bear Little Bear" by David Bedford. It's a texured book and all the polar bears feel nice and fuzzy! It's also a very sweet story about how baby bear is looking forward to getting big, and Mama bear wants to hold onto him a little bit longer while he's small.

    • Introduce a new vocabulary word: hibernation.
    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar and PLEASE Post any photos of your finished project to our Facebook Page!

    Related Links:
    3oo Crafts for Kids
    Glitter glue
    Textured Puzzles


    Mommy to a lil lady[bug] said...

    Love this craft idea, Im always looking for new crafts to do with my daughter!

    Darcey said...

    Great craft! Thepolar bear is cute. I've included your post on my weekly favorites here:

    anniemos said...

    Love this...cute and easy to do!

    G-library said...

    I'm having trouble accessing the template. It keeps taking me back to the main GummyLump page. I would really like to use this for a polar bear story time! I know the kids will love it! wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

    Sorry about the issue with the template link. That's all fixed. Thanks for letting me know!

    Holly Baker said...

    This is so cute! I am going to do this with our homeschooling group!

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