Two of the most majestic things to see in the Arctic are polar bears and northern lights. It is not uncommon to spot them depicted together in far north artworks. A memory of an award-winning painting of polar bears trekking across a snowy landscape lit up by northern lights is what inspired this lighted polar bear small world.
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Supplies To Collect
To set up a mesmerizing polar bear small world, gather together the following supplies:
- polar bear figurines
- LED stage light
- white pompoms
- acrylic snowflakes
- clear acrylic ice cubes
- silver placemat
- turquoise placemat
- toy igloo, ice floe, tent, and snow vehicle
- white tablecloth
The Polar Bear Small World
To put together this polar bear-themed small world, start by covering a table with a white tablecloth to create a “snowy” base.
Next, add placemats to represent ice and water. A silver placemat suggests ice. A turquoise placemat trimmed with scissors becomes “a body of water.”
Then set up a LED stage light at one end of the table.
Afterward, add polar bear figurines, pompom “snowballs,” acrylic snowflakes, and clear ice cubes.
If available, include arctic toys such as an igloo, ice floe, research tent, and snow vehicle. These will add imaginary play possibilities to the small world.
Finally, turn on the LED stage light to illuminate the scene. You can set the stage light to one color, or have it project alternating colors such as green, blue, red, and purple.
For a stunning art activity and facts about northern lights, view the blog post “Northern Lights Squish Painting.”
To learn facts about polar bears and other arctic animals, visit the blog post “Arctic Animal Sensory Trays.”
Related: Igloo Camping Pretend Play
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