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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Arctic

Let me preface this by saying that I am aware that penguins and polar bears do not live together.  LOL  My son has been talking about polar bears a lot lately, so I asked him if he would like to create a polar bear habitat.  HE brought the penguin into the play.  Initially, I was going to set it up as a surprise invitation with a few polar bears, but he wanted to help so he did everything from filling up the containers for the "icebergs" to setting up the invitation and choosing the animals.  I actually really like it when he is part of the process.  Its a great time for dialogue and connection.  

With incredibly hot temperatures, ice play is always well received.  

WATER (with blue food coloring)

Here are the containers I used to freeze the ice overnight. 

The penguin diving into the water.

So cool!!




  1. I love polar bears!!! My son and I got to see some polar bears up close and personal at a zoo a few months ago. I can't wait to do this craft....I'm sure with our habitat there will be a few toy tractors...everything we do involves a tractor of some sort! =)

  2. Thanks for the idea! We did this project this morning before the 100 degrees moved in all the way. My kids are 6 and 8 so it wasn't directed aside from the materials. Sylvie's monkey spent too much time underwater and "was frozen!" They had a blast! The food dye made the water much more fun.

  3. I love this, but I just can't have polar bears and penguins together. :)

  4. I just left the store to get a few items needed for this. My son is going to love it! Thank you for the great idea.

  5. how did you make the color of the water and what is the "snow" made out of?

    1. Blue food coloring and the snow is fake snow that you find in bags around Christmas time.


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