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Polar Pals

Learn about polar region animals, their characteristics and habitat in this open-ended play experience.

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Learn about polar region animals while playing!

Polar animals share many characteristics that allow them to live in cold places. The coloration of their bodies (usually white), their compact bodies and their hibernation or migration are some of them. 

Children will apply their knowledge about polar region animals through open-ended play experiences.

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Make a polar region animal book with each animal’s picture and common characteristics.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Blocks and/or loose parts

White cardboard

Coloring pencils or markers

Images of polar animals


White blanket, pillowcase, or white tissue paper to represent snow (optional)

Learning Outcomes


Social, Emotional, Language, Cognitive


Using open-ended play to explore Science concepts.


Building vocabulary and oral language skills

Develop creativity and imagination 

Develop play skills


Step 1: 

Ask children what they know about polar region animals and their habitat.

Step 2: 

Talk about the most common ones (polar bears, arctic foxes, walruses, seals, penguins) and their characteristics.

Step 3:

Have the children draw polar animals on white cardboard, leaving a bit of extra cardboard at the bottom. Cut around each animal. Bend the cardboard to create a stand for each animal.

Step 4:

Invite the students to reproduce the polar regions using their animals, blocks and any loose parts.

Playful Questions

What do you know about polar regions?

What do you know about polar animals?

What do you think the weather is like in the polar regions? Why?

How do animals in polar regions survive?

What do all polar region animals have in common?

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