We did a science activity to learn about a special adaptation that helps polar bears survive in ice cold arctic waters – blubber!
Polar bears are amazing animals. They are perfectly adapted to live in the frozen north. Here is a diagram to show some of their adaptations:
Instead of just reading about the adaptations that keep them warm, we did an activity to experience one of these adaptations. We filled containers with ice cubes and water. Then we dipped our hands in to see what it felt like.
Then we put on “blubber mitts” – two plastic bags with Crisco spread between them. These were like a thin glove of blubber. Our blubber mitts were about 1/2 inch thick, but a polar bear’s blubber can be 4 inches thick!
Watch the video below to see what we learned from the activity: