If the kids are studying polar animals they are sure to have fun learning to draw a polar bear with our simple step by step guide.
Learn a little about polar bears with the kids, and enjoy our collection of fun printable activities and colouring pages.
Learn about the Polar Bear
Did you know that polar bears have black skin and transparent, hollow fur - not white? The fur looks white because of the way it reflects the light. It is very efficient at trapping heat from the sun to keep polar bears warm, and for repelling water. They also have a thick layer of fat underneath the skin to help them stay cosy.
Polar bears are marine mammals, spending many months of every year at sea. But they are the only marine mammal which can run - and cover many miles - on land. They live up to 25 years old in the wild. They are carnivores and have 42 teeth. They are well adapted to living in snow and ice conditions, with rough feet and short claws to help them grip ice, and webbed toes to help them swim. They can swim a long way!
Male polar bears can weigh as much as 8 full grown adults put together, at up to 700 kg (1500lbs)! They can grow up to 3 metres (10 feet) tall.
Female polar bears are much smaller than males, reaching about 2.4 metres (7 feet) tall and weighing up to 250 kg (650lbs). They have an average of two cubs. They dig themselves a cave, known as a maternity den, in a snow-drift and retreat to it to give birth, staying inside over winter and emerging in spring with their babies. Polar bear babies are very small - less than 1 kg (2lb) at birth!
Polar bears eat seals, which they can smell up to a mile away! They will often lie in wait by a hole in the ice, waiting for a seal to pop its head up to breath, and then pounce! Seals are often hard to find, though, and baby polar bears often go hungry, with up to 3/4 dying before they are 3 years old. Humans are the polar bears only predator. With global warming, mining of coal and oil, oil spills and man-made pollution, polar bears are now regarded as vulnerable.
Have you ever seen a green polar bear? Some polar bears in capitvity have begun to look green as algae grows inside their hollow hairs!
National Polar Bear Day:
If you are looking for an excuse to study polar bears, here is a good one! National Polar Bear Day is celebrated on 27th February each year.
Our Polar Bear Activities
The polar bear in this polar bear colouring page looks cute, but this animal is in fact very dangerous! Print and colour, with the words underneath for reading practise.
This simple polar bear colouring page lends itself to being cut out and glued onto an icy, snowy background scene!
This cute polar bear lacing card is perfect for the colder weather. Follow the simple instructions, get your needle threaded and work your way around his easy outline. A great one for younger children.
Our simple illustrated poster of a polar bear is quick to print and light on the printer ink too! It works well as a cutting out project or perhaps as the cover to a polar bear study.
Here's a lovely photographic poster of a polar bear near the edge of some icy water. Print with your borderless settings for best results.
Tracing is a great way for children to practise early writing skills and our polar bear tracing page is sure to make it fun.