Hi! Nice to see you here. (Instructions on how to play are here.)

I made up Polar Bear Over There in November 2017 as a game to play with my children during the Christmas season. I was looking for a fun alternative to Elf on the Shelf that was less focused on the commercial aspects of the holiday season. I couldn’t find one that was right for us — so I invented it instead! Each night, I hid our Polar Bear ornament along with a handwritten note on how the kids could help save its habitat. Each morning, the kids enthusiastically found it, and we would read and act on the Polar Bear’s note together.

Last year, the kids began asking about the Polar Bear again right after Halloween, so I began preparing the Polar Bear notes ahead of time. As I did, I decided I should share Polar Bear Over There with a wider audience — including you!

Here are some photos of last year’s Polar Bear playtime:

About me: My name is Sheridan MacAuley. I’m a lifelong environmentalist with a masters degree in environmental sciences and a background in environmental biotech. I’m also a mom, writer, maker of many things, and exclamation point enthusiast. This project combines so many of my interests!

I hope you enjoy this site! If you have any comments, questions, or ideas, please send me a kind note at smacauley at gmail dot com. Thank you!