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Polar Bear Ideas: Adoption, Crafts & Gifts

Are you searching for some polar bear ideas for kids? Polar bears are remarkable animals, and fun to watch them play! Ursus maritimus, meaning “sea bear” in Latin is the largest land carnivore.

One time our dad brought home a few strands of polar bear fur. Holding them up to the light, we were astonished to discover the strands were perfectly clear, not white! But…polar bears are white! Off to the library, we went to do some serious research.

Polar bears can be a little intimidating. But sometimes, when snoozing in the snow or sliding around the ice on their rumps, we may feel the urge to wrap our arms around their fuzzy necks. Especially after seeing little cubs playing together or snuggling up to their mother.

Polar bears also seem to be a symbol of bringing awareness to our planet’s environmental crisis. One way to help care for these precious and vulnerable animals is to adopt one!

Adopt Your Own SEA Bear!

  • Learn your bear’s name and get a picture
  • Learn about their stories, ages, and how many cubs they have
  • Gain access to your live polar bear tracker (so cool!)
  • Pick your neat polar bear bracelet, available in a variety of colors.
polar bear adoption bracelet

Here is the official website for the Wildlife Collection bracelet, which works in partnership with Polar Bears International. Note: Please be cautious about purchasing these bracelets from other sources. Apparently, this is the only genuine bracelet officially partnered with the conservatory.

Polar Bears International also has an adoption page with various options. The mid-range includes:

  • One soft and cuddly stuffed polar bear cub – ready for furry bear hugs
  • Ursula, The Polar Bear Certificate of Adoption, featuring a photo by wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox, with a special link to view a video about Ursula’s travels around the Arctic.
  • Mom and Cub Fact Sheet with fun facts about polar bears and a word search game focused on the Arctic.
  • Polar Bears International sticker

For students, there’s a special page with a live polar bear tracker, beluga camera, Nothern Lights camera, and lots of neat polar bear facts! Check it out!


Credit: Tracking Map from Polar Bears International

Tracking Project

Polar bears travel. This map by shows a few individual bears being tracked. You could make your own for your own bear!

  • As you receive updates about your polar bear, pin the location (or use dry-erase markers) on a fun map. You can learn about geography and follow your new friend’s travels at the same time. Or find a more detailed map online and print it off.
  • This large peel-and-stick animal wall map is also a different map option.
  • You could track them using small removable stickers like these inexpensive ones. Or use stickie-notes and write the date of your bear being spotted.
polar bear idea paper mache polar bear

Make your own White BEAR!

See this post for free, detailed instructions on how to make a paper polar bear.

Neat Puzzles

Ages 4+ : Arctic life puzzle, 64-piece search & find, 40 hidden images of arctic creature

Ages 5+: Polar bear shape, 100-piece puzzle

Polar Bear Books

Ages 10+ National Geographic Kids Mission: Polar Bear Rescue: All about polar bears and how to help save them. True adventure stories, photography, activities, and more


Coloring Book

Ages 3+ Arctic Animals

Ages 4+: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset. 22 drawings by Kinngait artists. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

Polar Bear Trekking

If you go in person someday, just be sure to choose a charter known for respecting nature and its creatures, not harassing or interfering with the animals.

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