Learning About Polar Animals

learning about polar animalsWe’ve spent a week with the polar bears, penguins and seals, with the help of our friends at Safari Ltd. We set up fun and easy habitats to go along with some great learning resources.

And, Safari Ltd has generously offerred to give away to my readers, your choice of an animal replica or one TOOB of figures, up to a $40 value. You can enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Books and Video Resources We Used and Loved

 

Our Tacky Penguins. Craft inspiration and printable template courtesy of I Heart Crafty Things.

Our Tacky Penguins. Craft inspiration and printable template courtesy of I Heart Crafty Things.

A chunk of ice cubes from the freezer made the perfect ice floe for our polar bear to rest on, floating in the water table.

A chunk of ice cubes from the freezer made the perfect ice floe for our polar bear to rest on, floating in the water table. This is the Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table.  

    • National Geographic Young Explorers Listen and Read Books, penguins and polar bears. Free, on-line books. These were a big hit with my 4 and 6 year olds.
    • March of the Penguins companion book. The book is more suited for younger children, whereas the movie, showing the harsh realities of Emperor penguin life is more appropriate for older children and adults.
Shaving cream in half the water table, water and ice in the other, made a great wet habitat for our polar animals.

Shaving cream in half the  Activity Play Table,
 water and ice in the other, made a great wet habitat for our polar animals.

A plastic bin covered with white cotton material and a collection of stones and large water beads made up a dry habitat for our polar animals.

A plastic bin covered with white cotton material and a collection of stones and large water beads made up a dry habitat for our polar animals.

Love these large water beads, found in the floral section of a hobby store. They are nearly the size of eggs! They made great pretend ice and snow for our polar animal habitats. What a fun sensory experience we had with them!

Love these large water beads, found in the floral section of a hobby store. They are nearly the size of eggs! They made great pretend ice and snow for our polar animal habitats. What a fun sensory experience we had with them!

Polar Animal Science  How do polar animals stay warm?  We used Crisco shortening to simulate animal fat, a large bin of ice water and our science thermometer to find out why polar animals can swim in such frigid waters.  This experiment was inspired by Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits .

Inserting our hand in a plastic bag, inside another bag filled with shortening, then into the icy water.

Inserting our hand in a plastic bag, inside another bag filled with shortening, then into the icy water.

For more learning ideas, visit our Polar Animals Unit Study Pinterest board.

Safari Ltd makes so many lifelike models of toys, perfect for pretend play. We’ve used them a lot in our homeschool this year and they’ve truly enhanced our learning.

Recently, we used the Safari LTD Jamestown Toob figures in our early American history studies.

Recently, we used the Safari LTD Jamestown Toob figures in our early American history studies.

Enter to win your own selection of one Safari Ltd replica or TOOB, up to a $40 value. There are so many to choose from:  horses, pirates, knights, fairies, dinosaurs, farm animals and so many more. Which one will you choose?

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I received the polar animal products pictured in this post for free from Safari Ltd in exchange for this review.

 


33 Comments

  1. My kids would love this!! With 4 little ones, I think this would keep them busy for a long time! :)

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  2. My girls love the musical instrument toob! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Ooh, we would love to win some Safari figures! We’ve had many of the animal ones over the years, and the pirates, and the Jamestown settlers, but I think my favorite was the Ancient Egypt set.

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  4. My daughter loves snow and animals. With our recent snow she wondered where the polar bears are. These activities are great!

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  5. This would be great for some summer learning! Can do it inside when its too hot.

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  6. As we are starting 1st year of homeschool, we would love any of them, but we really love the Jamestown Toob!

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  7. We LOVE TOOBS! We have SO many! Our favorite this year, was making a dessert habitat with, of course, a dessert TOOB!

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  8. First couple of months homeschooling. We are studying Jamestown right now so that one would be interesting. Love the Polar ones as well. Who can decide? They all look like fun!!

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  9. I heart ur site! Thank you – we made your rainbow marshmallow painting project today at coop. 10 kids. I leveled it, so we shall see. Thanks for all the inspiration. Toob – when my Aunt was having a PET test, my three kids and I waited for 4 hours with 1 toob of the birds. They have the name on the bottom…. To this day I can spot a blue footed boobie. So can my son…. Mom look at the boobie! We lost our aunt but are so thankful for those memories. All thanks to Toobs…. Jamestown I think….

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  10. I just recently discovered safari ltd & they are a most wonderful company. So lifelike.

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  11. We only have two, Wild West and Ancient Egypt. Wild West is the favorite, but only because we have a whole lot of Playmobil from the Ancient Egypt theme. It is fun to hear the little stories they make up when they play with the Toobs!

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  12. We have Jamestown, Ancient Egypt,Powhatan Indians. My kids love these figures.

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  13. We love the pets and the transportation sets.

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  14. We would love a ocean toob!

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  15. We just did a fun arctic sensory bin with the arctic toob! I want to do a fairy garden next with the fairy toob.

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  16. PENGUINS are the favorites for all four of my grandkids! They would love this!

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  17. My preschoolers love the Artic animals. We use them for matching, in the play dough, in the water table and so much more!

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  18. This would be so helpful next school year when we do an animals and habitats unit study in our homeschool.

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  19. I was just looking at the different toons. So many fun choices. I like your ideas with using them in a sensory experience.

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  20. I would love the dinosaurs toob, I think they have a Native American Toob we’d love to have too!

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  21. My son loves playing with all his Safari animals in the bathtub.

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  22. My girls adore their Safari figurines. These toys get the most consistent playtime in our house by far! The dinosaurs have been their long-standing favorite but have lately been using them in connection with their fairy figures.

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  23. We are starting to homeschool. These are great. I had never heard of them before. I really liked their science materials. We are considering doing the life cycle of a frog next year. We’re also studying animals, so I would probably go with one of the animal sets or the knights and dragons to correspond with our history next year.

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  24. We love toobs! One of my favorite sale or consignment store finds, if we see them we buy them!

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  25. My daughters love Toobs!!! We can never get enougj out of their many different kinds;)

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  26. My boys love these!! They would be thrilled to win :)

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  27. What a tough choice – they all look like so much fun!

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  28. My son is just now old enough to start playing with the Toobs. He loves dinosaurs & the polar animals look pretty awesome, too!

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  29. What a great compilation of ideas. Pinned to my “Sensory Experiences for Children” board.

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