Exploring the Arctic with Toddlers
You may of though our fun with the letter A has ended but yet, I bring you more! So far we have apples, ants and other activities. Today I bring you A is for Arctic and Antarctic. This is great because it is January and even though it has been a bit warmer, winter is here. There are so many different activities to do that surround the Arctic and Antarctic for toddlers! Emory and I had a blast completing the various activities. I am excited to share them with you!
Sensory Box- Exploring the Arctic with Toddlers
I love sensory boxes! It is such a great way to incorporate play and the senses into learning. We bought these adorable little arctic animals and made some fake snow (3 Cups Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup Conditioner) and let the fun begin. It actually ended up being better than I thought because it led into much more than just play. Emory was bummed that we did not have water for the water animals. We solved this problem by adding a little bowl of water. Then we sorted out the land from the water animals. We buried all the animals and had to find them. Then we set up a little home and just played creatively. It was so fun and Emory does not normally play with things for long, however, she played with this for about an hour. (I was bored!)
Painting with Artic Animals
We also decided to paint with our artic animals. I drew a giant A on a piece of paper, then we simply dipped the feet of the animals in white paint. It was fun stamping them onto the paper and seeing the different designs they each made.
We were able to find many books at our library. I love to mix non-fiction with fiction so this worked out great! Our favorite fiction is Polar Bear Polar Bear by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle. For a more extensive list check out The Measured Mom she has a long list of great books!
I got this idea from Mrs. Pleamon’s Kindergarten. She had the great idea of laying down pieces of white paper and having the children hop from one to another! My girls loved this and kept resetting them to play some more. Check out her other fantastic ideas for Penguins here!
Arctic & Antarctic Animal Movement Cards
I created these neat cards to get your toddler up and moving! They have real life pictures of the animals helping the child to relate more to the animals. Also, it gets children up and moving more. I love to incorporate as much movement into my daily lessons with my toddler as possible and this was no exception! I am grateful I made these. Combined with the Letter A cards it lets your children get a nice little exercise into their day!
This is a crazy cool experiment that involves ice, Crisco and a bag/glove! See how animals stay warm in these cold parts of the world. Explain blubber is what covers the whales, seals and walrus bodies. It helps keep them warm, plus you child will love saying the word BLUBBER! So try this blubber experiment today! This is better done with older children, my preschooler loved it. My 2 year old only did it because my oldest did. However, as a parent this was awesome to try out! And its so neat that your hand really does not get cold! Check out the directions from I can Teach my Child here.
Watch some Arctic Animal Videos
Technology provides us with so many learning resources to help children relate to what they are learning. My daughter enjoyed seeing all the arctic animals up close and active, I think because she is pretty active herself. This is just a great way to explore the arctic with toddlers, without being cold! Check out this list from Gift of Curiousity all about different Artic & Antarctic animals! This video ended up being our favorite .
Make a Walrus Craft
Construction Paper (Light brown, Dark Brown, White)
Directions to Make a Walrus
First cut out the dark brown circle so that it is a large circle.
Then cut out the light brown paper into a small circle. Also, cut out the tusks using the white paper.
Next, glue the small circle onto the big circle. place tusks facing out from one another and glue.
Then glue on the googly eyes above the small circle.
Using your child’s finger, create the nose with black paint towards the middle of the small circle.
Finally, using the point end of the paintbrush and the black paint add small dots for whisker marks.
If you enjoyed this simple craft check out my crafts for the year program! Easy crafts sent to your mailbox each week for a year! Click here!
There are so many others out there. An endless amount of crafts and such all discussing the arctic. For my toddler, I wanted to just cover the beginning but I will probably add more onto this next year when she is older! I am excited to learn more about these animals myself!
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