This adorable Free Printable Polar Bear Craftivity is perfect for cold winter days! Children can practice their cutting and pasting skills by building the paper character first and then write about their friend the Polar Bear! Once completed, this Polar Bear craft would look awesome displayed on the wall or bulletin board.
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Free Printable Polar Bear Craftivity
This Polar Bear printable craftivity is just one in a series of Winter & Christmas characters available for you to download – find links to them at the end of this post.
This awesome Polar Bear has been hand-drawn by a very talented friend of mine, and I’ve not only got this series of seasonal craftivities for you but also a set of fun Christmas and Winter coloring sheets featuring some of the same characters!
Grab the Polar Bear Coloring Sheet here.
This project has two parts – building the Polar Bear and then filling in the writing prompt section. Depending on your child’s age(s) you may have to help them with some aspects of the project.
- As with [most of] my free printables, they are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – download the size most suitable for your printer.
- You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
Materials & Tools Needed
- Construction Paper or cardstock in the following colors: black, white, red, blue, pink, and light gray, plus a backing paper color of your choice, we used dark blue.
- Glue Stick or Roller Glue Tape
- Colored Pencils, Crayons, or Colored Markers
- Writing Pen or Writing Pencil
How To Build the Polar Bear
The Polar Bear has the following components and the printable gives you a guide as to what colors to use. However, you can use any colors that you like!
- Head, body, ears, inner ears, eyes, muzzle, nose, scarf (in 3 pieces)
- Writing Prompt Sheet – My best friend is a polar bear…
There are a few different ways you can build and use this free Polar Bear activity, which means you can get multiple uses from the same printable!
- Print the character template onto colored paper (or thin card that goes through your printer) and cut out the pieces to use in the craftivity.
- Print the character template onto white paper (or thin card that goes through your printer), cut, and color the pieces with markers, pens, or crayons before assembly.
- Print the character template onto white paper (or thin card that goes through your printer), cut and trace around onto colored construction paper then use those pieces to assemble the Polar Bear. You may have to draw on some additional features with a black marker, such as the pupils of the eyes.
However you decide to print and cut out the pieces, the assembly remains the same – use the photos in this post as a guide to sticking everything together. You can use a glue stick or glue roller. These are my favorite glue rollers and they’re so much easier and less messy than a glue stick!
Some of the pieces for this papercraft take up a whole page, others do not. Where possible, I’ve made small items fill up a page and have a page with individual items (it will become more apparent when you download the file!). I have done this so that you can save on paper if you only want to make one of these characters, or if you want to make several – for example in a group or classroom.
After assembling the Polar Bear, glue it to the backing paper and cut around the outline leaving a half-inch border around the edges.
Polar Bear Creative Writing Ideas
Now that you’ve assembled your paper Polar Bear, it’s time to write about them!
Print the writing sheet and follow the writing prompt at the top: My best friend is a polar bear…
When the writing activity has been completed, color in the border.
If your child gets stuck on what to write, here are some prompts to get the ideas flowing. You can always print extra writing pages if they want to write more.
- Where did they meet the polar bear?
- What things do they like to do together?
- What places do they go together?
Assembling the Polar Bear Craftivity
Stick the writing page onto a piece of backing paper (the same color as the character) and cut a half-inch border around the left, right, and bottom sides and a couple of inches at the top so that the character can be glued in place.
Grab the paper Polar Bear you made earlier and stick it to the top of the writing sheet. Display where you like!
Additional Activity Idea!
Why not cut the pieces from craft foam and build a 3D relief of the Polar Bear?
Using a black marker pen, you will have to draw on the details such as pupils in the eyes or other template designs.
It might be a good problem-solving activity for older children as they figure out how to build it from the template provided.
However you decide to use this winter kids’ activity, the important thing is to have some fun, and get creative – not only with the craft portion of the project but with the writing prompt too!
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More Christmas & Winter Craftivities to Download
I mentioned how there are several characters in this series. As they are uploaded to my blog the links will appear below. Make sure you download them all so that you have the full set!
- Polar Bear
- Christmas Wreath
- Yeti (Abominable Snowman)
- The Grinch
- Cindy Lou Who
- Max Reindeer (The Grinch)
The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 and 2012 for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!
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