There are so many arctic animal learning activities, it’s hard to choose just a few to include in your arctic theme lesson plans. This post features five arctic animal learning activities!
This post has been updated to include a FREE arctic animal vocabulary printable. Be sure to grab your copy at the end of the post.
Arctic Animals Learning Activities with FREE Printable Word Cards
This post has been updated since it’s original publication to feature multiple arctic animal learning activities in addition to offering FREE arctic animal vocabulary cards. (Coming soon). The original instructions for how to make your own cards are still available in the post.
The longer I teach preschool,the more my preschoolers teach me about arctic animals.
Yes, you read that correctly.
I am not the master teacher, here, my preschoolers are.
I mean, there are always set concepts I feel are important to include in any arctic animals theme, like how they camouflage themselves, how they hunt, how they protect their young.
But every year there seems to be a preschooler in my class who will share a new tidbit of trivia I didn’t know before.
And this tells me one really, really important thing.
Preschoolers are primed and prepared to learn so much more!
So, go ahead and pin this page of arctic learning activities.
Good luck choosing which arctic learning activities to add to your lesson plans. I typically just choose them all and let the children show me what activities interest them most.
Arctic Animals Learning Activities for Preschoolers
No reason to pick and choose from this list of arctic animals learning activities. Not really anyway. Some of these activities are really fast and some fit in just right into your arctic theme preschool centers.
- Index cards
- Fine tip markers
- FREE arctic animals vocabulary cards found at the end of this post (coming soon)
- Wild Republic Polar in Nature Tube (remove the penguins)
- How to Make Your Own Arctic Animals Vocabulary CardsPlace an arctic animal sticker on each index card and label it appropriately. Luckily, the stickers themselves are also labeled in the book. Laminate for durability.
Arctic Animals Learning Activity #1 – Matching Animals
- Place the vocabulary cards in a pile on a tray with a set of the arctic animal toy figurines and invite your preschooler to make matches.
- Encourage your preschoolers to say the names of the animals as they match them, too.
Arctic Animals Learning Activity #2 – Describing Arctic Animals
You can also use the cards to develop oral language skills by inviting your preschoolers to talk about what they see in the picture cards. Encourage them to name physical characteristics about each animal and the nomenclature card to check their work.
Arctic Animals Learning Activity #3 – Arctic Animals Riddles
This activity is especially fun for circle time. Keep the vocabulary cards for yourself and set the arctic animal toys in front of the children. Draw a card and describe the animal while the preschooler look at the animal toys to figure out which animal the riddle is about.
These riddles are not written out on the cards, rather they are just clues you can make up on the spot.
- Which animal has antlers?
- Which animal has a fluffy tail?
- Which animal hibernates underground?
- Which animal has long tusks?
Of course, you always have the option to start with a really broad clue and then give more specific clues. This is always fun of the preschoolers.
Looking for More Arctic Animals Learning Activities?
For more arctic themed activities, see my post Eight Arctic Themed Preschool Activities.
I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction