Each night, the adults hide the Polar Bear with a note. Each morning, the kids find the Polar Bear, and read the note to find out how they can help the Polar Bear! (See more details on how to play here.)
What’s in the Polar Bear’s notes is up to you. This page includes enough Polar Bear notes for a family to use for a whole month, but you can make up your own, too. Not every note will be appropriate for every day or every family, so you can pick and choose which notes to use each day.
Polar Bear Note #1: Walk or Bike!
Help save my habitat by walking or biking! Riding a bicycle or walking instead of driving in a car saves fuel. When cars use fuel, they produce greenhouse gases. These gases cause global warming, which is bad for the environment, including my habitat. Let’s walk or bike together!
Polar Bear Note #2: Fix a Toy!
Help save my habitat by fixing an old toy! Old toys don’t need to end up in the trash – they might have plenty of life left in them. Throwing away broken things instead of fixing them makes more trash, and more trash is bad for the environment. Plenty of toys can be fixed by sewing up a hole or gluing a piece back together. You can also get creative by finding a way to make a new toy out of a broken one. Let’s fix a toy together!
Polar Bear Note #3: Recycle!
Help save my habitat by recycling! Used plastic bottles, metal cans, and glass jars can all be recycled by putting them in the recycling bin. They will be taken to the recycling plant, where the plastic, metal and glass are turned into new products. This helps to reduce the amount of trash, and trash is bad for the environment. Let’s recycle together!
Polar Bear Note #4: Reuse a Bag!
Help save my habitat by reusing a bag! Lots of stores give you a plastic or paper bag when you buy something. You can keep a bag from the polluting the environment by using it again. Just bring it to the store and carry your new things home in your old bag. Let’s reuse a bag together!
Polar Bear Note #5: Turn off the Lights!
Help save my habitat by turning off the lights! Lights use energy, and saving energy will help save the environment. You can save energy by turning lights off when you leave the room and not turning lights on when you don’t need them. Let’s save my habitat and turn lights off together!
Polar Bear Note #6: Use Less Water!
Help save my habitat by using less water! Wasting water wastes energy, and wasting energy is bad for the environment. There are a lot of ways you can use less water, like taking shorter showers, using less bath water, or turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth. Let’s save my habitat by using less water!
Polar Bear Note #7: Don’t Litter!
Help save my habitat by always putting your trash in a trash can! Leaving trash outside instead of putting it in a trash can is called littering. When you litter, your trash ends up in animals’ habitats – like mine! Let’s save my habitat by not littering!
Polar Bear Note #8: Eat Your Veggies!
Help save my habitat by eating your veggies! Farmers use less energy when they produce vegetables instead of meat. Using less energy helps save the environment, which will help save my habitat! You don’t have to stop eating meat – it is a great source of protein, which helps you grow. But foods that aren’t meat can have a lot of protein, too, like beans, nuts, and tofu. Let’s eat some protein that isn’t meat together!
Polar Bear Note #9: Recharge Your Batteries!
Help save my habitat by using rechargeable batteries! Some of your toys light up and make sounds and do all kinds of fun things. Toys like that usually use batteries, but not all batteries are the same. Some batteries can only be used once before they get thrown away. Other batteries can be charged at home and reused. Find out which of your toys can take reusable batteries, and let’s recharge our batteries together!
Polar Bear Note #10: Eat Sustainable Fish!
Help save my habitat by eating sustainable seafood! Some fish and other seafood are bad for the environment, which is bad for me and the other polar bears. But polar bears and people like sustainable fish. Look up which fish and seafoods are better for the environment, and let’s eat sustainable seafood together!
Polar Bear Note #11: Don’t Take Things You Don’t Need!
Help save my habitat by not taking things you don’t need. When you go out, you’ll see a lot of free stuff you don’t need, like plastic spoons at a restaurant, free keychains at a festival, or free catalogs at the store. When you take these things, they end up in the trash, and a lot of trash ends up in the environment. Trash in the environment is bad for all animals, and polar bears. Together, we can say NO to stuff we don’t need!
Polar Bear Note #12: Make Fewer Messes!
Help save my habitat by making fewer messes. Making messes can be fun, and fun is important! But not all messes are fun – sometimes they’re just messy. Messes use a lot of water and chemicals to clean up. Wasting water is bad for the environment, and using extra chemicals is, too. That means messes can be bad for polar bears. Together, we can make fewer messes!
Polar Bear Note #13: Shop Wisely!
Help save my habitat by buying something from a store that helps the environment. Like you and me, a lot of stores want to save my habitat, too! There are all kinds of ways they do this, like using less plastic, not wasting energy, or giving money to people who clean up the environment. Next time you need to buy something, find out which company is more helpful to the environment. Let’s buy some sustainable products together!
Polar Bear Note #14: Clean the Lint Trap!
Help save my habitat by taking the lint out of the dryer! Clothes dryers use energy to dry our clothes. The little fibers that fall off of clothes are called lint, and dryers collect these in a lint trap. Full lint traps cause dryers to use more energy, and using more energy is bad for the environment. Let’s clean the lint trap together!
Polar Bear Note #15: Don’t Use Disposable Straws!
Help save my habitat by not using a disposable straw! Straws are too small for the machines that recycle plastic, so they end up getting thrown away as trash. Small pieces of plastic often end up in the ocean, where they pollute my habitat. Let’s save the environment and skip using straws together!
Polar Bear Note #16: Reuse a container!
Help save my habitat by reusing a container! A lot of the containers that food, drink, and other stuff come in are useful for all kinds of things. Use one to store your button collection, make an art project, do a science experiment, or come up with your own idea. Reusing a container will keep it out of the trash, and trash is bad for the environment. Let’s reuse a container together!
Polar Bear Note #17: Tell a Friend!
Help save my habitat by telling a friend! Not everyone knows that polar bears are in danger, and they might not know that there are ways they can help save the environment. Polar bears like me need all the friends they can get. Let’s tell a friend how they can help!
Polar Bear Note #18: Make a New Toy!
Help save my habitat by making a new toy instead of buying one! You can make your own toys out of things you already have around the house. Make your own paper friends from recycled paper. Make a stuffed animal with clothes you were going to throw away. Make a rocket ship with a box, scissors and markers. When you buy fewer things, like toys, you make less trash. Trash is bad for the environment. Let’s save my habitat by making a toy together!
Polar Bear Note #19: Don’t Waste Food!
Help save my habitat by not wasting food! It takes a lot of energy to produce food, and when it is wasted, that energy is wasted. Also, when food goes in the trash, it produces greenhouse gases at the landfill. Greenhouse gases cause climate change, which is bad for my habitat. You can prevent wasting food by finishing the food you’re given or only putting as much food as you need on your plate. Let’s save the environment by not wasting food together!
Polar Bear Note #20: Donate Old Toys!
Help save my habitat by donating old toys! When you have a toy you don’t want to play with anymore, it might just sit around and get old and dirty. Old, dirty toys often end up in the trash. Too much trash is bad for the environment. Also, donating a toy means that another kid gets to play with it, and that makes everyone happy. Let’s donate old toys together!
Polar Bear Note #21: Close the Fridge!
Help save my habitat by closing the refrigerator! Your refrigerator uses energy to keep food cold. When you keep it open for too long, you let out the cold air and the fridge uses extra energy to keep the food cold. Using too much energy is bad for the environment. Let’s save my habitat and close the fridge together!
Polar Bear Note #22: Use Paper on Both Sides!
Help save my habitat by using paper on both sides! Paper is made from trees, which are good for the environment because they help to clean the air. It’s good to use paper when you need it, but wasting paper means that more trees need to be cut down. Cutting down too many trees is bad for the environment, but it’s easy to use less paper by writing on both sides of the page. Let’s save my habitat and write on both sides together!
Polar Bear Note #23: Use Safer Chemicals!
Help save my habitat by using chemicals that are safer for the environment! All kinds of chemicals are used to keep you and your home clean – but some chemicals are safer for the environment than others. You can find soap and other cleaning products that are better for the environment at the store or online. Let’s help save the environment by cleaning with safer chemicals together!
Polar Bear Note #24: Close the Door!
Help save my habitat by closing the door! Heating and air conditioning systems use energy keep your home warm in the winter or cool in the summer. When you open the door, you let in the outside air. This makes your house the wrong temperature, and more energy is used to heat or cool your house to keep it comfortable. Making sure to keep the door closed when you’re not using it will save energy at home, which is better for the environment. Let’s close the door together!
Polar Bear Note #25: Compost!
Help save my habitat by composting! Food waste (like potato peels, leftover food on plates, or food that went bad) and yard waste (like fallen leaves or lawn clippings) can be composted at home or at a composting center instead of going into the trash. Composting is breaking down food or yard waste to make fresh soil. This saves energy and makes less trash, which is good for the environment. Let’s save my habitat and compost together.
Polar Bear Note #26: Skip the Dryer!
Help save my habitat by skipping the clothes dryer! Clothes dryers use a lot of energy, and wasting energy is bad for the environment. A lot of clothes can be hung up to dry instead of being put in the dryer. Hanging clothes to dry can also make them last longer, which means your favorite shirt won’t fall apart as fast. Let’s save my habitat and skip the dryer together.
Polar Bear Note #27: Don’t Waste Paper Napkins!
Help save my habitat by not wasting paper napkins or paper towels! It’s easy to use a lot of paper napkins when you’re eating or cleaning up. But making these paper products takes a lot of energy, and using too much energy is bad for the environment. You can use fewer paper products by reusing one napkin for a whole meal, using a sponge instead of paper to clean, or using a cloth towel instead of a paper towel to dry your hands. Together, we can use fewer paper napkins!
Polar Bear Note #28: Make Recycled Wrapping Paper!
Help save my habitat by wrapping gifts in newspaper or other recycled paper! A lot of paper comes in the mail that you don’t need once you’ve read it, like newspapers, catalogs, or reminders. You can use this paper to wrap gifts, and even get creative by cutting or coloring it to make it more fun. Reusing paper instead of throwing it away is better for the environment. Let’s make wrapping paper together!
Polar Bear Note #29: Skip Bottled Water!
Help save my habitat by skipping bottled water! It takes a lot of energy to make and ship bottles of water around the world, and empty water bottles often pollute the environment. Instead, you can drink your tap water, either before or after using a water filter. Don’t drink bottled water when you’re at home, and try to fill a reusable water bottle and use it when you go out. Not drinking bottled water is better for the environment. Let’s save my habitat and skip bottled water together!
Polar Bear Note #30: Bring Reusable Bags!
Help save my habitat by bringing reusable bags to the store! Most stores give you paper or plastic bags to carry what you bought home with you. These bags are made to use one time only, and often end up in the trash. You can bring sturdy, reusable bags with you to the store to carry your stuff home. That way, you don’t need to take a bag that will end up in the trash. Let’s help save my habitat and use reusable bags together!
Polar Bear Note #31: Pick Up Litter!
Help save my habitat by picking up litter! Trash that ends up on the street, in a park, or out of nature is called litter. You can pick up the trash you see and put it in a trash or recycling bin. That will keep the trash from getting into the ocean and environment, where it hurts polar bears and other wildlife. Let’s pick up litter together!