Painted Polar Bear Art Project

Christmas break is over, and life has resumed to “normal,” with Jared back to work–about to start a new semester, and the kids and I once again busy, busy with our schooling adventures.

We have no snow here, but it’s been too cold out for us to want to do anything but stay in where it’s cozy, so we’ve spent a lot of time indoors, reading and doing projects. And since it seems winter begs for a study of arctic animals, this polar bear art project was perfect for a cold day.

Supplies Needed:

  • Printable Bear Template
  • gray or white card stock
  • navy or blue card stock
  • white and black washable tempera paint
  • paintbrush
  • Q-tip
  • scissors
  • black pen or marker


Begin by downloading and printing the bear templateI printed ours on gray textured card stock to give a bit more depth to the project, but white would work well too.


With a paintbrush, paint all the body parts–except the nose–white. Paint the nose black. Allow painted pieces to dry several hours or overnight.

To create the background, use the paintbrush to paint a “line” of  white “snow” on the bottom of the navy or blue card stock. Dip the end of a Q-tip in the white paint, and dab all over paper to create falling snow. Allow background to dry.


When dry, cut out each body part. I encouraged the kids to cut just inside the black lines, if possible.


Glue together pieces of the polar bear. My kids needed a little direction when gluing the legs on (two in front, two in back). Same with the ears (glue behind the head).


Use the black pen or marker to draw eyes on the polar bear. My kids (who think it’s weird that my characters usually don’t have mouths) all insisted on drawing a mouth on their bears as well.


Glue the polar bear to the background.

And display your wintery art piece!

This template also works well when adapted for a panda or brown bear art project!

download printable bear template

8 Comments on Painted Polar Bear Art Project

  1. Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning
    January 12, 2013 at 2:32 am (3 years ago)

    My girls love anything to do with paint, and those polar bears are super cute! I am pinning this in hopes that we will have some cold weather here soon.


  2. Kelli
    January 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! Just found your blog through WTM- I homeschool my 5 year old triplets, and one is obsessed with polar bears! So guess what we’re doing today?! Very appropriate since it is currently -14 outside:)


    pameladonnis Reply:

    Awesome! I hope they love them! What crazy fun you must have at your house homeschooling triplets!


  3. Angel
    January 27, 2013 at 2:12 am (3 years ago)

    I love this! We just discovered the magic of the Bears (Brown Bear, Panda Bear, Polar Bear and Baby Bear) My son loves them…he can “read” them by himself!!!! Thank you so much for your creativity and generosity!


    pameladonnis Reply:

    This would be a perfect project to go with any of those books!


  4. Linda
    March 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try it!



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