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I love the idea of making books for students to record their learning. When studying polar bears or Arctic animals, this easy-to-make polar bear paper bag book craft does just the trick!
- 3 white paper lunch sacks
- 3 two inch circles cut from heavy white cardstock or construction paper
- stick glue
- black marker
- Lay 3 white paper lunch sacks in alternating opposite directions. Stack them on top of each other in this order. This will create a book with 12 pages total: a front, back, and 10 pages to write on. To make a smaller book, use one less paper bag.
- Fold the bags in half and staple along the fold.
- Cut out 3 two inch circles from heavy white cardstock or construction paper.
- Glue one circle on the front of the bag to make the mouth.
- Use a black marker to draw an upside-down triangle in the circle for the nose and then draw a mouth.
- Draw two black eyes on the bag.
- Use the remaining two circles for the ears. Glue the left ear to the back of the book. Glue the right ear to the back of the front page.
- Students write information and draw pictures about polar bears inside the book pages.
I was able to find the white paper lunch bags at Target. I suggest checking with your local grocery stores or big box stores to make sure white paper lunch sacks are available to purchase. (Note: Amazon sells white paper lunch sacks, but be sure to read the reviews if you order them. I ordered these at first but had to return them because they have black text on the front and bottom of the bag.)
You can easily make these polar bear books without paper bags. Just cut three pieces of heavy white cardstock 10 1/2 inches long by 5 inches wide (same dimensions as the lunch sack), place them on top of each other, fold in half, and staple along the fold. Continue with step four listed above to make the polar bear’s face and ears.
These little books are an easy, low-mess polar bear craft that allows you to integrate writing and art into your science study. They’re also great to send home at the end of the unit so students can share what they learned with family and friends!
If you’re interested in writing templates for this craft, I have some available in my TPT store. I include four text and writing options so differentiating is a snap. The product is best for students in preschool through first grade.