Expedition Earth: Arctic Polar Bear Chalk Art

Want a fun arctic polar bear kids craft? We learned about Polar Bears from KidZone and National Geographic this week. Then I found this idea of mixing tempera paints and chalks on Deep Space Sparkle! It’s one of my favorite resources for kids art.

Pastel chalks and tempera paints mixed are the bomb! (That means “cool” in 80’s language…in case you missed that era…)



  • Tempera Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Pastel Chalk
  • Black Cardstock
  • Pencil


First draw a basic shape on your black paper using pencil. Dip a colored pastel chalk into your paint and then draw on the paper! It mixes together making a lovely combination.



Tip: It works best if you do colored chalk with white paint, or white chalk with colored paint.


I encouraged the kids to cover all of the black paper as they went, leaving little to no black spots unpainted.


We came up with some cool results. My daughter added in a bunch of color to show the Northern Lights above her bear.


At the end I showed the kids how to outline their finished project using black chalk to help define their image and give it a cleaner look. See the difference between unlined and lined below:

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  • kamariden July 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Great art project! Does this damage the pastels at all?

  • Nicole July 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

    My question exactly. This looks like a lot of fun but are the pastels easy to clean up for regular use?

  • Shauna July 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Such a fun art project. We love doing arts and crafts over at our house. I love your blog!Shaunamyshaenoel.blogspot.com

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler July 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Kamariden: No not really, I just scraped the paint off with my finger nail when we were done.

  • Lucy July 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Love the brown art boards the kids have their projects taped to. Where were you able to purchase these? TY.

    • erica December 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      They are the backside of a chalkboard. I think we got them at Office Depot years ago!

  • Samantha July 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I have the same question as Lucy!

  • Jeanette December 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I would just get a damp cloth and wipe the paint off the pastels. The brown boards look like what I call is Masonite but as I live in Australia it may be different in America.

    • erica December 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Yes, I think it’s also called Masonite here, it’s the backside of a chalkboard.


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