With Winter approaching, we’ve found the perfect way to get into the snowy spirit. Plus, who doesn’t love a cute polar bear that moves? This adorable Moving Polar Bear Paper Plate Craft is not just fun to make but also brimming with cuteness that will make your little one’s heart melt faster than ice in the sun!
This winter craft is perfect for kids aged 4 and up, although you can enjoy it with older and younger kids too.
Little ones might need an extra hand with cutting and painting, making it a lovely opportunity for some quality time together. Older kids will enjoy the independence of creating something on their own, and who knows, they might add their unique twist to the Arctic scene!
Dive into a winter wonderland with this DIY Moving Polar Bear craft! Your kids will adore creating their own mini Arctic scene complete with a sliding polar bear.
This engaging activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills and sparking imagination in young crafters.
Recommended for children aged 4 and up, it's an excellent way to discuss winter wildlife, habitats, and have a fantastic time painting and assembling their very own chilly friend.
- 2 Paper plates per craft
- Popsicle stick
- Paint (Blue and white tempura paint)
- Double sided tape
- Printer if using template
- Paint a whole paper plate with blue. Let it dry before doing the next step. This is going to be the sky at the background of our polar bear scene.
- Mix a blend of white and blue to paint the snowy mountains. Paint two triangles to do this. Let it dry again.
- On another paper plate, cut it in half then cut curves in it. For this one, we will use the reverse of the paper plate. Paint it with blue and let it dry before doing the next steps.
- Paint stone-like shapes with white paint and let it dry. You can refer to the photo for this. Once it is dry, using the mix blend of white and blue, paint the outer part of the white.
- Cut two small triangles from the dark and light green. Paint the top part with white paint. Then attach it to the right corner of the half paper plate.
- Make the polar bear from cardboard. Print and cut the templates (free download below) then put them together. Draw the details using the marker. And attach a popsicle stick at the back of the polar bear.
- Lastly, attach the paper plates together using a glue stick or your double sided tape. Make sure you leave a space for the popsicle stick. Insert the polar bear and make it move.
Download template below if you want to use the template. Alternatively draw freehand
While crafting, your kids are not just having fun but also enhancing their fine motor skills, color mixing knowledge, and understanding of the winter ecosystem.
They’ll get to know where polar bears live and can flex their creativity by adding their unique elements to the craft.
This Moving Polar Bear craft is also a fantastic way to introduce the concept of habitats and animal behavior, stirring up curiosity in young minds about our wonderful world.
Once you’ve made the snowy scene using the paper plates, you can even mix up the characters. Try popping this penguin popsicle stick craft through the space in the winter scene too!
Download Free Printable Polar Bear Template
If you want to use our free printable polar bear template to make your paper plate crafting session a little easier then click below for your copy in pdf format.
Let’s be honest, is there anything more heartwarming than a homemade polar bear scooting across an icy landscape? This craft is sure to become a treasured piece of decor in your little one’s room or a show-stopper on the family fridge.
So, gather your materials, and let’s dive into an icy ocean of creativity! Don’t forget to snap a pic of your child’s masterpiece and share it with us. We can’t wait to see how your little one’s polar expedition turns out!
More Winter Crafts for Kids
We have tonnes of winter craft activities for kids here at In The Playroom, so take a minute to browse through our crafts and printables sections, but here are just a few of our favorites to get you started.
- Portable Penguin Small World
- How to Make Penguin Finger Puppets
- Polar Bear Handprint Winter Craft
- Arctic Animals Colouring Pages
- Easy & Adorable Paper Plate Snowman Craft for Kids : Paper Plate Snowman Scene
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