This post may contain affiliate links. That means if you click and buy, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Please see my disclosure policies for full details.

Arctic animals are wildly popular with kids during the winter month. Make this popular theme come to life with this simple polar bear craft.

Turn an ordinary paper plate into a magical polar bear craft this winter. This craft goes perfectly with your preschool unit on arctic animals. The supplies needed are inexpensive. In fact, you probably already have everything you need right in your home or classroom.

There are two ways you can make this craft. First, you can use the template provided to print and cut out the face of the polar. If you are making multiple polar bears and you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine you can print then cut all of the templates right from your machine.

Finished polar bear craft

Polar Bear Craft Using a Cricut Machine

I don’t have a Silhouette machine so I will be using a Cricut for this example. Open the svg file in Design Space. Please note, the SVG is in a zipped folder.

Select All

Resize the image to 6.5 X 11

Continue through the steps by sending it to your printer, printing on cardstock (recommended), then placing it on your Cricut mat. Be sure to use a light grip mat and don’t press the paper down.

Polar bear craft template cut with a Cricut cutting machine

Polar Bear Craft Using Your Printer

Use the polar bear craft PDF to print to your computer. Cut out the parts to use in later steps. If your kiddos are old enough you can have them cut the pieces out. However, some of the parts are small.

Continue the Steps for Both Cricut and Printing

Cotton balls being glued on polar bear craft

Start by gluing the cotton balls onto the paper plate. This in this step kids can practice dotting the glue all over the plate. Squeezing the glue bottle will help strengthen their finger muscles.

Next, glue the inner parts of the ears and eyes onto the white circles.

Put a dab of glue on the back of the eyes, nose, and freckles before layering them on the cotton balls. I like to use a little chant for teaching kids how to use glue. It goes, ” dot, dot, not a lot”.

super cute polar bear craft

That’s it! This craft is really is so simple to create. You can make this craft even more awesome by pairing it with a book!

polar pear craft process images
Supplies
  • Paper plate
  • Cotton balls
  • Quick-dry tacky glue or school glue
  • Polar Bear Template File