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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Polar Bear Masks

We've been learning about Polar Bears this week and to go along with all the books we've read we decided to make Polar Bear masks. They turned out so cute!


These are the books we've been reading.

Polar Bears by Valerie Bodden
A non-fiction children's book with beautiful photographs of Polar Bears. I choose this book because each page only has one paragraph with facts about polar bears. I hate overwhelming my kids with too much information so this book was just perfect. Just to forewarn you, there is a page where a polar bear is eating a seal and there is blood on the ice. My kids are ok with that kind of stuff, but I know some aren't.

Where Do Polar Bears Live? by Sarah L. Thomson 
This book has good information about polar bear's and is environmentally friendly discussing how the climate is changing in the Arctic and scientist's don't believe polar bears will be able to live in the wild after 2020. There are pages in the back with ideas of how we can help the environment like by recycling.

Sleepover Larry by Daniel Pinkwater
This one of the books in the Larry series about a Polar Bear named Larry who lives in a hotel with a family. In this story the little girl has a sleepover with friends and Larry decides he wants to have one too. Larry invites his brother and friends from the zoo and they have a fun sleepover. I thought it was a cute, funny story.

The Biggest Thing in the World by Kenneth Steven
A Mother and baby polar bear come out of their den and the baby is mesmerized by all the big things he sees in the world around him. He wants to know what is the biggest thing in the World and no matter what size of thing the baby sees (like the Ocean), the Mother always says there is something bigger. In the end, the Mother's love for the baby bear is the biggest thing in the World. Such a sweet story!

The most difficult part about making our polar bear masks was making the holes in the paper plate for the eyes. I traced a small circle for the eyes and then used a craft knife to cut them out. I've seen those Martha Stewart circle punches that would work perfectly for this but I didn't have one so I improvised.


For the snout we used one of those empty Dole fruit cups. I also used it to make the ears by tracing it onto a piece of white card stock paper, cutting it out and then cutting the circle in half. This makes the two ears.


First we painted the clear fruit cup white for the snout and let it dry completely.


While the snout was drying, we put school glue onto a section of our paper plate, used a paint brush to cover an area with it, and then placed white crumpled tissue paper squares all over the glue. Do this on every section until the paper plate is covered.


We opted to not put tissue paper where the snout was going to go, but I don't think it matters which way you do it.


Next we glued the ears to the back of the paper plate.


Once the snout was dry we drew a bear mouth on the bottom of the cup with a black permanent marker.


Then I used my glue gun to run glue around the inside rim of the cup and glued it down onto the polar bear face. I used my glue gun to glue on the black pom pom nose too.


To finish the mask, simply punch holes onto the sides of the paper plate and tie a knot on each end with a piece of string or yarn.


They turned out so cute!


And my kids gave them a thumbs up! 


Another idea instead of using string would be to glue a tongue depressor stick to the bottom and they could just hold the mask up to their face. Or I think they would be cute using large wiggly eyes for the eyes and not making them masks. So many possibilities.  :)

Happy Crafting!

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42 comments:

Tonii said... Best Blogger Tips

These masks are absolutely adorable!! I am definitely going to steal this idea, thank you so much for sharing. I LOVE the pom pom nose :)

Sonya at The Three Bears Get Crafty said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, these turned out great!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks amazing!!! I love it!!
What a lovely collection of books too! :)

rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Whoops! :) I clicked anonymous! :) ^^^^

Thanks for sharing! :) x

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute, Emily loves when we use plastic containers in our art projects. I think we are going to need a polar bear week! Thank you for sharing and linking up to stART :)

~Michelle

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute, Emily loves when we use plastic containers in our art projects. I think we are going to need a polar bear week! Thank you for sharing and linking up to stART :)

~Michelle

Little Wonders' Days said... Best Blogger Tips

This is over the top cute!! Love it.

Lorie said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I knew there was a reason I was saving those fruit cups...

Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute! Pinning these to my winter unit board, hopefully we'll find time to make them.

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

Soo cute!!

Brimful Curiosities said... Best Blogger Tips

Those masks are terribly adorable. What fun they must be to wear! Especially love the fruit cup noses.

The Bishop Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, I squealed with delight when I saw this post!!!!!!!! I absolutely love this craft. We are doing this next week for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[I realize there are like 20 exclamation points already on my comment, but I had to use that many!!]

BTW- I feel we would be great friends if we were next door neighbors. I agree with your post on my blog. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years.

"The Kids Place" Home Daycare and Preschool said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this!!! We will be making this one. What a cute craft. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea! We have a polar bear book so we will read it first and do the craft after that, thanks!

CIndy said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! I know my kiddos will too!! Perfect timing because we are reading about polar bears this week! I just reserved a couple more of your book suggestions at the library!! Thank you!! Another cute book is Panda and Polar Bear by Matthew J. Baek. We did a story art project with it that I hope to post next week!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

This is super cute! JDaniel was just talking about polar bears this morning! We will have to read these book and make the mask.

I pinned this post!

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! I have all the supplies and will be doing this with my kids soon. Thanks for linking up to my party!

chelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute polar bear!! I'm always saving those little cups from fruit, pudding, or yogurts...so far we have just used them for paint/glue cups but now diff have to set one aside for this project ;-)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said... Best Blogger Tips

These are SUPER cute!!!!!! LOVE them. I am totally going to use these with my bear crazy boy =-)
Beth (TGIF)

Marissa said... Best Blogger Tips

These are adorable! I think we may try this craft this morning!

Camille Griffiths said... Best Blogger Tips

That mask is too cute!! I definitely need to do this with my daughter, she loves polar bears.

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Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah, did I ever mention that Polar Bears are my FAVE animal? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them & this craft!

Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! I shared on FB & Twitter & will be pinning to my Bear Board on Pinterest too! :)

Bern

Ally @momstownteach said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a cute and fuzzy mask! I also love the Snowy's Special Secret polar bear story - here's a link if you don't know that one... such a sweet story of mom and child love!

http://momstown-artsandcrafts.momstown.ca/node/459

The Evans Family said... Best Blogger Tips

So, so cute! I can't wait to make them.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

These are A D O R A B L E!!!! Pinning these and thanks so much for sharing those books, I haven't read any of them, and I would love to get some books on polar bears! Thanks for linking up with thrifty Thursday!

Barbara said... Best Blogger Tips

These are SO sweet. I'm definitely making these with my Grade 1 class. Thank you!

❀Barbara❀
Grade ONEderful

Vicky said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, these came out great! I am excited to try them with my little ones. Thanks! Visiting from I Can Teach My Child. Vicky from Mess For Less

Barbara said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi again,
I'm really enjoying your blog. Gave you a shout out on mine :)
Have a great day!

❀Barbara❀
Grade ONEderful

Diana - FreeStyleMama said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! I found you via For the Kids Friday and am a new follower. I have a new meme called Thematic Thursday and this week's theme is Winter/Snow. I'd love to see this post linked up. Find Thematic Thursday here.

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said... Best Blogger Tips

I featured this at TGIF Linky Party #12 - as it is your second feature feel free to email me at livinglifeintentionallyblog @gmail.com to get your special featured more than once button =-) Thanks for sharing your creativity with the rest of us & I can't wait to see what you link up this week!!!
Beth =-)

Natasha said... Best Blogger Tips

This is being featured on this weeks Serenity Saturday link party
Feel free to grab an 'I've been featured' button

Hope to see you there again this week
http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

Natasha

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute Rachel! I am going to have to check out that last book for sure.... I just LOVE all your paper plate crafts :)

Ally @momstownteach said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! Another polar bear book I love is called Snowy's Special Secret -it even has fuzzy touch and feel bears!
Thanks for linking up to momstown arts and crafts!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

It is Winter Animals this week. I teach 3 year olds. We are going to make these this week. Thank You so much for the idea :)

equipo: Hannah/Noah/Hilke said... Best Blogger Tips

Really chute!! and a nice good understanding tutorial!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, we had a success at the Bellinzona Carnevale with them.

Alison Hyndman said... Best Blogger Tips

These are adorable! I am doing a grizzly bear day so I will adapt these to brown masks< I'm sure they will be as cute.
Thanks for sharing your ideas,

Alison Hyndman :)

Erica @ Brooks Child Care said... Best Blogger Tips

This will be great for zoo animals week. Thanks.

Cari Baumbach said... Best Blogger Tips

These are absolutely adorable. My daughter enjoys making masks. These are perfect for this time of year.

Cari @ Reach For The Star Berries
Reach For The Star Berries

Cindy deRosier said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your polar bear mask! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/polar-bear-mask/

If you have other kid friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

amal sania rida said... Best Blogger Tips

I made this mask at home n it was truly amazin i wanba send u a pic ov it how can i?

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