Create these adorable Arctic Animals animals – Moose, Polar Bear, Penguin and a Walrus! Try this Arctic Animals Popsicle Stick Craft today!
Learn about arctic animals with this fun popsicle stick craft for the kids!
For this craft, I’ll show you how to create a moose, polar bear, penguin, and a walrus using popsicle sticks, craft paint, wiggly eyes, and more!
Arctic animals are really exciting to learn about because they live in a unique environment — mostly in cold temperatures with snow and ice!
Of course we may see these animals in the zoo, but it’s really important to learn about their natural habitats and how and why these animals survive and thrive in this kind of environment.
This popsicle craft activity below is a step by step tutorial that will help spark your child’s curiosity with arctic animals.
I recommend taking some time to create each animal and discuss each animal as you create it.
You’ll find great resources at the bottom of this post that will help supplement this activity, from sensory toys, books, learning videos, and educational articles!
Arctic Animals Popsicle Stick Craft
- wooden popsicle sticks (jumbo size)
- craft foam sheets (light brown, dark brown, orange, white and black)
- wiggly eyes
- pom poms (small black and large brown)
- wooden toothpicks
- craft paint (white, black, light brown and dark brown)
- cardstock paper
- glue gun and glue sticks
- permanent marker
- patterns *see below
Gather all supplies.
Measure and cut four rectangles three-inches wide by five-inches long. Attach each rectangle to the back of five wooden craft sticks with the hot glue gun.
Base coat the moose with light brown craft paint. Coat the polar bear with white craft paint. Coat the penguin with black craft paint. Finally, coat the walrus with dark brown craft paint.
Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.
Download, print, and cut the Arctic Animals Patterns below. Trace patterns onto craft foam according to directions on pattern sheet. Cut out all of the patterns with scissors.
For the walrus, glue a toothpick into the center of each large brown pom pom as seen below. Attach to face. Attach a black pom pom nose. Glue on the wiggly eyes to walrus face with the glue gun and glue sticks.
For the polar bear, glue a small black pom pom to top center of craft foam muzzle and draw mouth and dots with permanent marker.
Attach the ears to top right and left of the polar bear and wiggly eyes just above muzzle.
For the penguin, attach craft foam chest. Layer on beak, wings and wiggly eyes. Glue webbed feet to the back of the penguin.
For the moose, attach the antlers to the back right and left. Layer on the ears and wiggly eyes. Glue nostrils to the bottom right and left of the moose.
This craft takes about 30 minutes total. This is a fun activity to keep the kids busy and entertained with coloring, counting and motor skills.
For some additional fun and learning, look up each animal on the internet and make a list of fun facts about each animal.
- Wooden Craft Sticks
- Craft Foam, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Orange, White and Black
- Ribbon, Red Checkered
- Wiggle Eyes
- Pom Poms, Small Black and Large Brown
- Craft Paint – White, Black, Light Brown and Dark Brown
- Cardstock, Kraft
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Permanent Marker
Gather all supplies. Measure and cut four rectangles three-inches wide by five-inches long and attach each one to the back of five wooden craft sticks.
Base coat Penguin with black craft paint, Polar Bear with white craft paint, Moose with light brown craft paint and Walrus with dark brown craft paint. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.
Download, print and cut Arctic Animals Patterns. Trace onto craft foam according to directions on pattern sheet. Cut out all patterns with scissors.
For Walrus, glue a toothpick into the center of each large brown pom pom. Attach pom pom nose and muzzle and then wiggle eyes to walrus with the glue gun and glue sticks.
For Polar Bear, glue small black pom pom to top center of craft foam muzzle and draw mouth and dots with permanent marker. Attach ears to top right and left of polar bear and wiggle eyes just above muzzle.
For Penguin, attach craft foam chest and then layer on beak, wings and wiggle eyes. Glue webbed feet to the back of the penguin.
For Moose, attach antlers to the back right and left and then layer on ears and wiggle eyes. Glue nostrils to the bottom right and left of the moose.
Here’s a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) with answers for the Wooden Craft Stick Arctic Animals project:
What materials do I need for the Wooden Craft Stick Arctic Animals craft?
Wooden Craft Sticks, Craft Foam in various colors, Ribbon, Wiggle Eyes, Pom Poms, Toothpicks, Craft Paint, Cardstock, Glue Gun and Sticks, Paintbrush, Scissors, Permanent Marker, and Patterns.
Where can I find the materials needed for this craft?
Most of the supplies can be found at a Dollar Store or any craft supply store.
How long does it take to make one animal?
It takes about 30 minutes to make one animal, depending on the complexity and drying time for paint.
Do I need any special skills to complete this craft?
No special skills are required. It’s a simple craft suitable for children, focusing on coloring, counting, and motor skills.
Can children of all ages participate in this craft?
Yes, children of various ages can participate, but younger children might need adult supervision, especially when using a glue gun and scissors.
Is it necessary to use a glue gun, or can I use regular glue?
A glue gun is recommended for durability and quick drying, but if it’s not available, strong craft glue can be used as an alternative.
Where can I find the patterns for the Arctic Animals?
The patterns are available via download. Enter your email address into the form above to get the PDF sent to you by email.
Can I customize the animals in this craft?
Feel free to customize the colors and decorations to make your unique versions of the Arctic Animals.
Are there any safety concerns with this craft?
The main safety concerns are the use of a glue gun and scissors. Adult supervision is recommended for younger children.
What educational aspects does this craft offer?
This craft helps in developing motor skills, color recognition, and counting. It’s also an excellent opportunity for children to learn about Arctic Animals and their habitats.