Antarctica: Animals of the Antarctic

When most people think of “antarctic animals” what they are really thinking of is “arctic animals”. All those cute white fluffy creatures live in the arctic circle up north. In the south, you have lots and lots of visitors and very few land residents. In fact the largest land animal in Antarctica is typically less than a millimeter long and look like a primitive bug.

Meet collembola or “springtail” affectionately known as the Elephants of Antarctica. These little buggers can create glycerol to lower their freezing points! I read somewhere that they look like earwigs but cuter and can actually be seen with the naked eye.

Now before anyone gets mad, penguins and seals do live in and around Antarctica but they spend more time in the water than on land. So yes, they are residents of the antarctic waters but technically not the land.

To help solidify the different animals that find the land and waters home we made sun catchers!

Antarctic Sun Catchers


  • blue and white tissue paper
  • clear contact paper
  • black construction paper
  • yarn or string
  • plate or round item
  • pencil, scissors, sharpie
  1. Trace the plate or round item on the contact paper with the sharpie. You will need one for each sun catcher.

2. Cut the circles apart so that you have squares with circles drawn on them. Remove the paper backing, with the sticky side facing up.

3. Cut or rip the tissue paper and stick it to the contact paper.

4. Draw and cut out antarctic animals using the black construction paper.

A whale, penguin, krill, and springtail

5. Place a cut out animal into the center of a tissue paper covered circle.

6. Place another piece of contact paper on top of the sun catcher and press it down to seal

7. Cut the circles, add a small whole at the top and feed the yarn through the hole.

8. Hang the sun catchers in a well lit window

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