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Polar Bear Craft: A Hands-On Way to Practice Sequencing

I’m sure you have heard of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr, but have you heard of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? This fun story is a great way to discuss the senses because it touches on hearing! Kids can also practice their retelling and sequencing skills using this Polar Bear Craft that doubles as a literacy aid. Read more about the fun and interactive craft below!

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

This simple story takes kids through a series of animals and what they each hear. Kids can practice making several animal sounds and identifying those animals. Use the book to practice retelling skills in your classroom or with your own kids. The Polar Bear Craft gives students a fun visual to help them remember the parts of the story! The sequence of animals slides through the center of the polar bear, making it simple to retell the elements of the story.

Using The Craft in The Classroom

If you are a classroom teacher, use this craft to help students during small groups or practice sequencing as a whole group after reading the book aloud. Kids will love interacting with the story and being able to retell the story to loved ones and friends.

A great way to make this craft durable and reusable is to laminate the polar bear and the sliding strip.

Creating the Polar Bear Craft

Putting the Polar Bear Craft together is simple. First, print the template onto thick, white cardstock. Next, students attach the arms, legs, eyes, and nose. Finally, students cut two slits in the center of the polar bear’s stomach for the slider. The strip of characters slides through the two slits, making it easy for kids to see the animal next in the sequence.

Printing the templates on plain white paper is a great option because it allows students to work on their fine motor skills. Alternately, the templates can be printed on colored cardstock for easy prep.

The activity makes a wonderful morning work activity to help kids get settled first thing. Kids can store their craft until it’s time to use them. Make practicing retelling fun while improving their fine motor skills.

Enjoy creating crafts after a fun read-aloud as I do? I have a Book Crafts Bundle complete with 36 crafts for kids of all ages. The crafts are the perfect activity to use while retelling beloved stories at home or in the classroom.

The Bundle includes crafts for the following books:

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • The Kissing Hand
  • Balloons Over Broadway
  • Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
  • Moostletoe
  • Corduroy
  • Crunching Munching Caterpillar
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut
  • Duck for President
  • Five Little Pumpkins
  • Five Minutes Peace
  • Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms
  • Freddy the Frogcaster
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  • Interrupting Chicken
  • Knuffle Bunny
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • The Littlest Pilgrim
  • Michael Recycle
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Pigeon Series
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
  • The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything
  • Snowmen At Night
  • The Crayon Box that Talked
  • The Day It Rained Hearts
  • The Ugly Pumpkin
  • The Great Turkey Race
  • The Watermelon Seed
  • What Makes a Rainbow
  • We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
  • The Thing About Yetis
  • Little Scarecrow Boy
  • Tacky the Penguin

How do you practice retelling and sequencing with your little ones?

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Polar Bear Craft to Practice Sequencing
Laura Bensley

Laura Bensley

Former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.

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Hi, I’m Laura and I am the creator of Crafty Bee Creations.  I am a former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.  I have a passion for designing craft resources that are not only fun and engaging but work children’s fine motor skills too! 

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