Arctic Animals Kids Activities

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Arctic Animals Kids Activities

This winter we’re learning about arctic and antarctic animals with kids activities at home! Here are some of our favorite Arctic Animals kids activities:

Antarctic Animals Kids Activity: Sensory Play 

I rotate out different sensory activities throughout the month. This keeps him engaged in learning about our topic and adds a new element of discovery.

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Play-dough Play Invitation

Materials:

This is a super simple set up. Buy or make play-dough and add some arctic (or antarctic) animal toys to play with.  We made a new batch of white play-dough and had some blue left over from our Ocean Unit.

Related Toys:

Baby Pengiun Stuffed Animal

Penguin (only) Toys

Arctic only Animals Set

Arctic Fox Stuffed Animal Toy

Penguin play invitation

Antarctic animals play invitation

Materials:

This is a similar set up to the play-dough invitation but I switch out to decorative marbles. I chose flat marbles (less of a hassle to get if some escape from the box) and it’s cold to the touch, use what you have.

Also, for this project we re-purposed some faux snow from our Super Hero Snowglobes activity instead of making snow. When the weather is colder we’ll make faux snow with bits of paper, or “instant snow” in our science kit.

Arctic Animals Activity Calendar

Arctic Animal Kids Activities: Outdoor

Arctic scavenger hunt

Re-purpose your arctic or antarctic animal toys to make a fun outdoor scavenger hunt. I plan this the same day we make faux snow so it can be re-purposed to camouflage the animals, it only lasts so long.

These are best outdoors but in a pinch can easily be modified for indoor play, if the weather isn’t cooperating.  Use faux snow (and have a vacuum handy) or cut up white construction or copy paper.

Arctic Fine Motor Practice

Playing with play-dough helps build the muscles in the hands that are required for fine motor work another great fine motor skill activity is cutting paper!  We had baby polar bear stickers so I made us a scissors practice page (hint: make photo copies before cutting).

Cutting practice

Materials:

Cutting is another skill that takes A LOT of practice to develop! My son was so excited and felt like a “big kid” when we started practicing with kid scissors.  We bought dull crayola play-doh scissors and practiced with kids safety scissors and plain paper.

Read Arctic Animal Books 

See my full post and read about the best books for arctic & antarctic animals. This is a pretty big list and our local library only had 3 of the books on my list so we checked those out and bought the rest of the titles we were really looking forward to reading.

polar bear and penguin journals

Arctic & Antarctic Learning Journals

Materials:

Homemade journals are great for drawing, talking & writing. They can free draw, draw after an activity, a story or playing with one of the sensory bins.

polar animals

Antarctic Arts and Crafts

Popsicle Stick Penguins

Materials:

Paint the Popsicle sticks

I used our paint sticks because they are a less messy & there are no paint brushes to clean up afterward.

Add the details (white tummy, orange feet & crest- Macaroni Penguin- I had some feather from another craft).

Penguin Popsicle Sticks

Cut the sticky side of a post-it note and use it for the feet & beak.

 

Arctic Songs & Poems

The Polar Bear

The polar bear by being white
gives up his camouflage at night,
And, yet without a thought or care,
he wanders here, meanders there,
and gaily treads the ice floes
completely unconcerned with foes.
For after dark nobody dares
to set out after polar bears.

Jack Prelutsky

Polar Bear

(to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”)

The polar bear lives in Alaska,
He never gets cold in a storm,
He swims in cold icy water,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.

The Antarctic Food Chain

(to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”)

Itsy, bitsy, plankton
Floating in the sea.
Along comes the krill
and eats it easily.

Next comes the penguin
and the leopard seal,
The antarctic killer whale
finishes up the meal!

Penguin

I know a bird
That cannot fly:
Penguin is its name.
It cannot fly,
But it can swim
With speed that wins it fame!

I know a bird
That lives on ice
And waddles by the sea.
It looks so cute
In its black-and-white suit,
As handsome as can be!

Meish Goldish

Six Little Penguins

Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his beak, then there were five.
Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, then there were four.
Four little penguins spun around, whee-ee!
One spun off, then there were three!
Three little penguins, with nothing to do,
One went fishing, then there were two.
Two little penguins, having lots of fun,
One fell of, then there was one.
One little penguin, when the day was done,
Went home to sleep, then there were none.

Mr. Penguin

(can be sung to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey)

On top of an iceberg,
All covered with snow
I saw my first penguin.
I wanted to know.
Oh is it a bird?
Or is it a fish?
I look at his feathers,
And knew which was which.
I said, “Mr. Penguin,
Which species are you?”
He said, I’m emperor.
And not a gentoo.”
I said, “Mr. Penguin,
What’s under your patch?”
He said, “It’s an egg,
It’s ready to hatch,”
I said, “Mr. Penguin,
Oh where is your wife?”
“She’s out in the ocean,
She’ll be back tonight.”
Said Mr. Penguin,
“Her name is Jill.
She’s out in the ocean,
Feeding on krill.”
The next thing I knew,
I heard a peep.
And I saw a chick,
At the emperor’s feet.

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