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Are you learning about Arctic animals this winter? Try this easy polar bear sensory bin to allow your child to discover polar bears.
Polar bears are magnificent creatures that rule the Arctic, they are built for the cold and are amazing swimmers.
Do you have a polar bear lover? You can easily put this sensory bin together with whatever craft supplies you have in your home right now.
Recommended Polar Bear Books for Kids
Grab your favorite polar bear books to discover how amazing these creatures really are.
If I Knew A Polar BearPolar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends)The Lonely Polar Bear (Happy Fox Books) A Subtle Way to Introduce Young Kids to Climate Change Issues; Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Picture Book Set in a Fragile Arctic EnvironmentHush Little Polar Bear: A Picture BookThe Little Polar Bear (1)Where Do Polar Bears Live? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
You may already have these supplies in your craft cupboard already. I have used snowflake ornaments with much success as well.
Don’t be deceived how pretty this looks. Be sure to set up your play area so that it’s easy to clean up. I like to place a table cloth or sheet underneath the bin to catch any mess.
Recommended Polar Bear Toys
To create your own arctic scene, grab one of these polar bear sets. To be true to their nature, add penguins and seals to show the arctic food chain in action.
Easy 99 Mini Animals Miniature Figurines Animals Model Fairy Garden Miniature Moss Landscape DIY Terrarium Crafts Ornament Accessories for Home Décor (Polar Bears, Set of 10)UANDME Polar Animal Toy Figurines Set, Includes Polar Bear Family & Emperor Penguin Family FiguresNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Arctic Morphing Matter – Play Set Comes with 3 Cups of Morphing Matter, 6 Arctic Animal Figures, Great Kinetic Sensory Activity for Boys & GirlsWild Republic Polar Nature Tube, Arctic Animals, Kids Gifts, Educational Toys, Party Favors, 13-PieceSafari Ltd Arctic TOOB With 10 Fun Figurines, Including A Harp Seal, Husky, Caribou, Arctic Rabbit, Killer Whale, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Igloo, And Polar Bear – For Ages 3 and UpYokoke Set of 12 Sea Ocean Animal Figurines White Christmas Miniatures Polar Bears Seals for Fairy Garden Snowball Ice Sea Theme Dollhouse Arctic Circle
Look how much fun the polar bears seem to be having.
Polar bears stay on top of the ice to search for food. Their favorite prey seals hunt under the water. But mama seals have to hide their babies underneath the snow and polar bears are experts at sniffing them out.
Look how simple and pretty it is to put together this sensory bin. I usually have all of these supplies in my cupboard already.
I do use snowflake ornaments too if you didn’t have these decorative ones.
The clear try makes it look like ice which is pretty cool.
- 1 package white foam beads
- Cotton balls
- Decorative snowflakes
- Clear and torquoise glass gems
- Blue and white pom poms
- Clear tray
- Plastic polar bear toys (or any other arctic animals)
- Sorting bowls, scoops, and spoons ( optional)
- Add foam balls into tray.
- Lay the gems on top of the foam balls.
- Add the cotton balls and pom poms.
- Add the decorative snowflakes.
- Add the polar bears and then have fun playing with your arctic scene.
You can add the desired amount of items that will fit easily into the tray you are using.
Set up a play area that will be easy for you to clean up afterward. You can lay a tablecloth underneath the bin to catch any mess.
Warning: Because we use small objects in this bin, use caution with younger children. Supervision is always encouraged.