Christmas break is over, and life has resumed to “normal,” 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 Painted Polar Bear Printable Craft was perfect for a cold day.
Create Your Own Polar Bear Printable Craft
- Printable Bear Template
- gray or white card stock
- navy or blue card stock
- white and black washable tempera paint
- black pen or marker
Download and Print the Polar Bear Printable Craft Template
Begin by downloading and printing the bear template. I printed ours on gray textured card stock to give a bit more depth to the project, but white would work well too.
Color or Paint the Polar Bear Printable Craft Template
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.
Cut the Polar Bear Printable Craft Pieces
When dry, cut out each body part. I encouraged the kids to cut just inside the black lines, if possible.
Assemble the Polar Bear Printable Craft Pieces
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).
Embellish With Marker
Use a 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.
Mount Your Polar Bear for Display
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!
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