Brrr! Teaching Your Preschooler About Arctic Animals

Now is a great time to explore fun projects with your child with the Arctic and Antarctic themes. It’s cold outside, especially here in the Midwest. Small children love animals. In the summer they are plentiful, but in the cold winter months, not so much.

We’ve all heard about the penguin and polar bear, but what about lesser talked about animals such as the adorable Arctic fox or the musk ox? The Wolverine or the arctic hare? The walrus (now, I can’t get the Beatles song out of my head) or the wooly bear moth? All of these animals are found in Arctic areas and they are great to talk to your preschooler about. Even greater to plan fun activities.

We’ve all heard about the penguin and polar bear, but what about lesser talked about animals such as the adorable Arctic fox or the muskox?

Note: I’ve used various sources to compile suggestions and I do my best to credit the original source. If you see a credit error, contact me and I’ll be happy to fix it.

Some Good Places to Start

There are Arctic animals go beyond the ones we hear about every day and may even give your child a chance to use their imagination about these unique creatures.

Arctic Hare: Did you know there were rabbits in the Arctic? I didn’t. The Arctic Hare lives in the Arctic tundra. They are herbivores who look to plants for food so they aren’t common near water.

Arctic Fox: The Arctic Fox lives in the far north, farther north than any other land animal. They are found in areas of North America, Iceland, and Siberia, to name a few.pexels-photo-208976

Wolverine: Not the sports teams. The actual wolverine lives in wooded areas in the northern parts of America and Asia. They aren’t endangered, but they are at risk when they come in contact with humans.

Arctic Tern: A bird who has seen more daylight than any other. They make continuous trips around the world during north and south polar summers. They are native to the far north Arctic in treeless tundras.

Musk Ox: The Musk Ox is native to Arctic North America and Greenland. The Musk Ox is unique because they had previously been near extinct, but were introduced to new Arctic areas during the 20th century.

Wooly Bear Moth: The only bug on this list. The Wooly Bear Moth starts as a “furry” caterpillar who lives in Northern Canada and Greenland and takes up to seven years to build enough resources to turn into a flying moth.

Songs…

Let your child or class stretch out with these fun arctic animal songs and dances!

Have You Ever Seen? 

(to the tune of Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?)

Have you ever seen a Penguin?

 

A Penguin? A Penguin?

Have you ever seen a Penguin

Waddle this way and that?

Waddle this way and that way?

Waddle this way and that way?

Have you ever seen a Penguin

Waddle this way and that?

Additional verses: Polar Bear — March, Snow Owl — Fly

pexels-photo-416118If You Want to Be A Polar Animal

(to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you want to be a Polar Bear,

Shout Grrr! Grrr!

If you want to be a Polar Bear,

Shout Grrr! Grrr!

If you want to be a Polar Bear then you need to make a sound!

If you want to be a Polar Bear,

Shout Grrr! Grrr!

Additional verses: Snow owl—Whoo! Penguin — Squawk! Seal — Arf!

Animal Dance

(to the tune of Teddy Bear)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Turn around.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear,

Touch the ground.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear,

Growl real loud

Polar Bear, Polar Bear,

Sit on the ground.

Additional verses: Seal—Arf!, Penguin—Squawk!, Snowy Owl—Hoot!

If your child has questions about animals that live in the winter, take a pretend trip to the Arctic and see what you find.

…and Crafts

Make one or more of these crafts to pass time and beat cabin fever.

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1. Paper Plate Walrus: Adorable craft at My Mommy Style.

2. Polar Animals Crafts: At Fun Family Crafts

3. Paper Plate Arctic Fox: I personally made this with my class. You can substitute tissue paper for cotton balls or even marshmallows.

4. Newspaper Polar Bear Craft: Low on supplies? You’ve got plenty of newspaper! Use it to make a polar bear! Great idea from iHeartCraftyThings.com. Try different types and colors to make a polar bear collage.

5. Polar Bear Process Art: Have an overactive preschooler or toddler who wants to do their own thing? Give them process art! A great project from Play to Learn Preschool at Bloglovin’.

Final Note

If your child has questions about animals that live in the winter, take a pretend trip to the Arctic and see what you find. Be creative and see what artic animal songs and projects you can come up with to do with your child. When learning, the kids may have some ideas of their own!

 

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