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Glacier play: Though polar bears are excellent swimmers, they prefer to spend their days on top of the ice that covers the Arctic seas most of the year. The sea ice provides polar bears with a platform for them to hunt, live, breed, and create dens.
To explore the movement of glaciers, freeze water in a cake or pie tin or yogurt container and place the ice chunks in a bin or large bowl of water. Experiment with using fingers, tools and even breathe to move the ice across the water. Use objects from nature as pretend polar bears. How do the polar bears dive into and out of the water from their frozen platform?
Roll in the snow: Polar bears roll in the snow to keep themselves clean and to preserve the insulating properties of their fur. Rolling in the snow also helps cool them off when they get too hot. If you have snow, take a snow bath by rolling back and forth on your back. What shapes can your child make in the snow with their body? Kids can also walk on all fours to make polar bear “tracks”. Don't have snow? Place a white or light-colored bed sheet on the ground and enjoy a good roll (bonus: rolling on the ground is also a super way to stimulate kids’ vestibular and proprioceptive systems)!
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