How to Build a Model Polar Bear

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Making animal models can be a fun project for you and your kids to work on together. The model polar bear described in this article is a stuffed toy that you will create with socks. This project will allow your kids to use their creativity to make something from recycled material or material they might not have thought of using before.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 white tube socks
  • Polyester filling
  • String
  • Needle
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Black felt
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • 8 inches of 1/4-inch ribbon

Stuff polyester filling in the toe of the sock (about one-third of the total sock length). This will be the head of the polar bear. More stuffing will make your bear fatter.

Tie the string around the bottom of the sock with the stuffing. Tie it tightly so that the stuffing at the toe will not move to the top portion of the sock.

Stuff the top portion of the sock with polyester filling. As before, use a lot of filling if you want a fat bear and a little if you want a thin one. This will be the bear's body.

Sew the open end closed with needle and thread. Use small loop stitches and make sure they are close together so that no stuffing leaks out.

Create the legs of the polar bear. You will do this by cutting the foot portion off the second sock. Cut the leg, or upper part of the tube sock, into four equal pieces. These pieces will form the legs of the polar bear. Sew each of the four pieces along one cut side. Stuff the little limbs with polyester filling before sewing the open ends closed.

Sew the four legs onto the polar bear body. You can sew them all on the front of the body, or you might prefer to have them sticking out the sides of the polar bear. As before, use small looping stitches and make them fairly close together to make sure that the limbs are attached securely.

Create facial features for polar bear. Cut two small round circles from the felt. These pieces will form the eyes. Cut a small rectangular shape from the felt. This piece will form the mouth. Cut an oval shape from the felt. This shape will form the nose.

Glue the felt pieces onto the polar bear’s head. You can make your bear's face as small or as big as you like. You will be restricted only by the size of the sock.

Glue two cotton balls onto the head of the polar bear above the eyes to form the ears. Big cotton balls will give your bear big ears. If you want smaller ears, use half a cotton ball for each ear.

Glue one cotton ball on each of the four legs of the polar bear to form the feet. If you made small legs, you might want to use half a cotton ball for each foot instead of a whole one.

Tie ribbon at polar bear's neck. This will cover the string. You can just tie the ribbon in a knot or use it to create a cute little bow.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use socks of various colors to make different kinds of bears.
  • The needle and thread should be used only with adult supervision.
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