This Teddy Bear Picnic Post is brought to us by Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome.com
“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground…”
Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? We took our boys out last week for a Teddy Bear Picnic in advance of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day, celebrated on July 10! Here’s a peek at our day and some ideas for your own picnic.
We started the day collecting teddies to take on a picnic. This is the perfect time to playact out the picture book Going on a Bear Hunt to find all the teddy bears in the house and build excitement. The boys each picked their favorite teddy bear. Then we packed the picnic basket and hit the road.
What To Pack:
What to Read:
A picnic is the perfect time to read a few bear-themed books. Whether you pick Corduroy, Winnie-the-Pooh, or an Eric Carle bear book, there are so many bear books for the kids that will delight and entertain either before or after lunch! Our boys loved being read to outside on a blanket!
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- A Pocket for Corduroy
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
- Going on a Bear Hunt
Find more ideas on this expanded list of bear-themed picture books.
What to Snack:
We brought bear-favorites for our Teddy Bear Picnic.
- Marmalade on toast
- Porridge with honey
- Ants on a log (peanut-butter filled celery or toast with raisins on top)
- Tea (decaf / herbal tea mixed with apple juice is a big hit in our house)
What to Play:
Besides reading books or going on a “bear hunt” (either finding their own teddies, or perhaps some smaller counting bear manipulatives you’ve hidden), there’s lots of fun to be had on a Teddy Bear Picnic.
- Crawl on all fours like a bear
- Explore the area looking for things bears might like – a shady napping spot under a bush, bugs under a log, a stream
- Musical Bears – like Musical Chairs but on the ground with each child’s teddy as a marker. Best if done with a group of 4 or more and perhaps after lunch so food doesn’t go flying!
The boys took turns feeding their bears, and eating “bear food,” as we discussed bear topics - like how bears find honey, catch fish, sleep in caves, and more.
A Teddy Bear Picnic is a simple way to enjoy the outdoors with a heartwarming twist on a typical picnic lunch. It’s a day your kids will look forward to and remember long after the picnic basket is emptied and the crumbs are picked up by those picnic ants!
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