Polar Bear Second Grade Math Games | The OT Toolbox

## Polar Bear Second Grade Math Games

We have shared quite a few second grade learning activities this school year. I love to come up with enrichment activities based on what my second grader is learning at school.  Anything to make homework easier, right?  The polar bear craft that we made for today's Second Grade Math Games turned out to be a fun way to work on Base Ten Operations and adding 10's and 100's to two and three digit numbers.

### Polar Bear Craft

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You'll need a few materials for the polar bear craft:
White crafting pom poms (1 inch)
White crafting pom poms (1/4 inch)

To make the polar bear craft, glue the small white crafting pom poms to the white pom pom. These will become the polar bear's ears.  Glue the black pom pom to the bear's face. This will become the nose.  Add the googly eyes and your polar bear craft is done.

### Polar Bear Math Games

We played a second grade math game that worked on adding 10's and 100's to numbers along the number line.  I showed my daughter how to blog the polar bear across the table and along the number line.  We started the bear at zero and tried to see how far she could get the bear to go down the number line.  I then asked her a few questions that I had written out on cards:
• What is your digit?
• Is your digit even or odd?
• What is 10 more?
• What is 10 less?
• What is 100 more?
We played a few times and then tried a few different extension ideas for this activity.
• Starting at where the polar bear lands, count on by 2's, 5's, 10's, and 100's.
• Start out by saying "We'll add 100 to the number where your bear lands." Then, practice counting backwards by 2's, 5's, 10's, and 100's.
• Use two polar bear crafts to practice single and double digit adding and subtracting.

### Oral Motor Proprioception Activity

Using the straw to blow the polar bear across the table requires some oomph because of the weight of the crafting pom poms.  Blowing through a straw is a great way to provide proprioception through a winter-themed oral motor activity. This is a fun activity for sensory seekers, kids who seek out oral motor input, and children who tend to fidget during homework.

Check out our January Occupational Therapy calendar for more winter-themed sensory activities.

If blowing the straw requires too much effort for your child, or you would like to try a fine motor activity, practice flicking the polar bear across the table. Keeping the bear on the table requires precision of fine motor skills.

Have fun practicing second grade math games with your polar bear craft and a number line!

More Polar Animal Ideas from the Early Elementary Team:

Polar Animals Facts Game from In the Playroom

How Do Penguins Stay Dry? from Raising Little Superheroes

Polar Bear Food Chains from Rainy Day Mum

Polar Bear Footprint Multiplication from Still Playing School

Arctic Animals Sight Words Game from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Polar Ani mals True or False? from Sallie Borrink - Living and Learning Outside the Box

Polar Animal Pattern Activity for First Grade from Look! We’re Learning!

Penguin Art Project from Preschool Powol Packets

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