Polar Animals & Discovering The Arctic

Our winter nature shelf has finally found it’s place….

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..among snowflakes….

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….and igloos…

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…and “caves for the animals”….

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…plus beautifully painted candle holders, and ‘King Winter’ in place…

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Hmmm. Not too much nature it’s true! πŸ˜‰ But winter it is all the same! And we love it! πŸ˜‰

This week we’ve been reading a bit about polar animals…

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…specifically talking about those animals who live in the arctic.
Ted and I were lucky enough to visit the Natural History Museum, where we looked specifically at ‘polar animals’..

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Ted described this as “a really fun aquarium” (!!!) …. πŸ˜‚
When home we played with our tube of polar animals with real snow. Beside the tray I placed the polar animal book, and Ted carefully went through the different animals and what they were called, using both book and toys….

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Later on in the week I made a sensory box for Ted…

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…but so far T has remained uninterested! πŸ˜‰
Maya joined us with painting ‘cold arctic pictures’, where we used and talked about ‘cold colours’ and used polar bear cookie cutter as a print…

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Alfie and I read this beautiful book….

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….the text is quite difficult and needs some explanation, but the pictures are stunning…

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It’s an amazing factual story about how so many animals and birds make the journey to the North in the Spring, and 4 million miles home again in the autumn. Wonderful. 😊
Together with this book, Alfie and I completed ‘the Arctic’ in his world sticker book…

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I think it’s important to point out that, despite what many children’s books and films present, in actual fact, polar bears and penguins do not live in the same place! This week we have been looking at the Arctic and it’s animals, next week we will look at the Antarctic.
Alfie and I have also been reading closely about polar bears through these books…

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…both of which are excellent resources and tales about how the polar bear lives.
The film ‘The Little Polar Bear’ was a fun watch for Alfie and Ted, but for something more ‘real’ we’ll be watching Attenborough’s ‘Frozen Planet’. β„οΈβ›„οΈπŸŒŽ

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