This Polar Bear Science Experiment is an activity I always enjoyed with the students in my classroom, and now in recent years, we’ve done in it in our homeschool as well.
The idea behind this science experiment is to demonstrate how God designed the polar bear to be able to live in cold habitats.
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The supply list for this hands-on activity is simple.
- Bowl of Ice Water
- Two Gloves – We use rubber gloves from the hardware store. You could also use Ziploc bags.
How to do the Polar Bear Science Experiment
- Begin by having the student place a single rubber glove on their hand.
- Then instruct them to place their gloved hand down in the icy water. *Be careful they don’t leave it down in there too long – this water is going to be cold!
- After they remove their hand from the water, cover the glove on their hand with as much Crisco as you can spread on it!
This may be a little tricky because their glove is now wet, so if you feel like it’s too much of a headache, you could have the student put on a fresh dry glove and then cover that in Crisco.
- Either way, once you’ve applied the Crisco, put a second glove over it.
You could also have the student go ahead and put on the second glove and then shove Crisco down in between the two gloves they’re wearing.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure you have the following layers: Glove – Crisco – Glove
- Once they have these three layers on their hand, have them place their hand back down in the icy water, noticing the difference in temperature now that they have a protective layer of “blubber” – a God-given protective layer of fat found in polar bears.
Our Creator thought of everything!
Now it’s time to remove the gloves and clean up the mess…
…and continue chatting about how amazing it is that God designed each animal to survive in the habitat where it lives.
Deuteronomy 11:19 – “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”