I’ve come to realize that sensory play is the best way to keep my kids occupied for long stretches at a time. Whether I prepare one of our sensory bins or I give them a new sensory material to play with at our kitchen table, sensory play never fails to keep my kids entertained. With the change in weather and our recent emphasis on learning about polar animals in our homeschool, I thought the kids would enjoy some “polar playdough.”
And yes, I am aware that the pictures below are not realistic as penguins and polar bears do not live in the same region and would never actually meet in the wild. 🙂
For this activity, I pulled out some miniature penguins and polar bears from our winter materials stash, and I offered them to the kids along with some of our gluten free playdough.
The kids’ first inclination was to make some food for their penguins and polar bears. QBoy used the playdough scissors to cut up small bits of food for his animals.
He also cooked up a wonderful dish his frying pan.
XGirl used a fork to mash up some food.
And when the food was ready the animals dug in to the meal and stuffed themselves full.
Food play lasted quite a while, until XGirl had another idea.
Even though Christmas is well behind us, the kids still can’t talking about The Polar Express. XGirl decided put her polar bears on her own polar express train made from play dough.
QBoy, who loves all things train, had to get into the action as well. He is fascinated by the way that train cars get coupled, so he “coupled” several items together to make a train for his animals. He informed me that the penguins were the conductors and the polar bears were riding in the caboose.
The kids made a few more trains as well.
And the best part about this activity? It kept the kids productively entertained for over an hour while my husband and I cooked up a number of dishes to eat during the week!
More Arctic learning resources
More Arctic animals posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- 9 Arctic animals learning activities
- Books about Arctic animals
- Arctic animal videos
- Arctic Animals Printables Pack
- Arctic animals camouflage activity
- Where Arctic animals live activity and printable
- Arctic ice sensory play
- Build an igloo
- Blubber experiment to show how animals stay warm
- Arctic animals do-a-dot printables
- Arctic animals Bingo
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