This week the #PlayfulPreschool Team is back with a POLAR ANIMALS THEME designed just for preschoolers! We hope your own kids enjoy playing to learn with us as we continue offering free resources for use at home or in the classroom!
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Paw Print Bear Tracks.pdf – download and print here: Bears Math Activity for Preschool
One die (we use large foam dice for many math activities with our preschoolers).
Glue or Tape
Cut apart one (or more) strips of the Paw Print Bear Tracks (linked above). Glue or tape the paw print strip onto construction paper and laminate for durability if desired.
Invite the children to place a bear on the paw print farthest from the bear cave photo. Roll the die. Move the bear one paw print for each number rolled on the dice. For example, if your child rolls a “3,” they would move their bear 3 paw prints forward. Keep rolling and moving the bear until it gets to the bear cave.
For older children, have the child continue rolling the die until they get their bear to the bear cave with an exact roll.
Extension: set out number or number word cards. Have the children draw a number or read the number word to move the bear instead of rolling a die.
The books below are some of our own favorite titles:
Polar Bear Large Motor Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers! – Large Bear Paw Print
The polar bear large motor game is a great way to get kids MOVING inside this winter! Print several copies of the LARGE BEAR PAW PRINT.pdf (linked above), laminate for durability if desired, and then set out materials to make a bear cave (for our game we used a small table and brown wrapping paper for just the front of the cave). The ends of the cave were open and allowed for free movement in and out!
Randomly tape the large paw prints in a circle leading to and away from the created bear cave. We discussed different movements that the kids might do to get from one paw print to another: bear crawling, baby crawling, hopping, jumping, frog jumping, giant steps, etc. As the kids come to the cave, they have to duck and crawl through then continue on their journey! It’s a simple and FUN way for kids to play and practice various large motor movements!
Please take a moment to visit other resources and suggestions for a POLAR ANIMAL THEME from the #PlayfulPreschool Team!
Polar Animal Literacy Activities:
Polar Animal Science and Sensory Activities:
How do Animals Stay Warm by Rainy Day Mum
Penguin Sorting Sensory Bin by Powerful Mothering
Arctic World by Learning 2 Walk
Polar Animal Movement Activities
Polar Animals Gross Motor Games by Still Playing School
Polar Animal Math Games and Activities: