10 Jul

How to Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Are you looking for a simple, free idea for you and the kids today? Why not invite all your stuffed teddy bears to a picnic in the backyard? Today’s the day, the teddy bears have their picnic. Who has a favorite teddy bear from their childhood? Did you know that today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day? To help us celebrate, I’m sharing my teddy bear memories! And then I’d love to hear your favorite memories of this special stuffed bear!

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Teddy Bear Picnic Day Celebration

How to Celebrate Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day

When I was going through my hope chest recently, I found a special rag-tag teddy bear that belonged to my husband when he was a toddler. It may not look like much now, but this teddy bear has been around for 40+ years and still gets a special place of honor beside my first Fisher Price baby doll.

shannons bear

Of course the most famous of all teddy bears is Winnie the Pooh . Who of us has not loved Pooh Bear and enjoyed the stories of Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet and the Hundred Acre Woods. My parents had a knot in a tree in their backyard so they turned it into a Pooh Bear tree. Didn’t it turn out adorable?

Gift Idea: I heard of one person who gave 2 identical teddy bears for a baby shower gift. One of the bears was for the newborn and the 2nd was to keep for the next generation. What a fun idea!

When my kids were little we had a CD that we listened to over and over by the Persuasions. They sang the classic song Teddy Bears’ Picnic – The Persuasions in their classic acappela style. This album had all our favorites including “Good Ship Lollipop” and “I’m So Glad I’ve got Skin”.

When my first son was born, we decorated his room with the Blue Jean Teddy Bear theme. Do you remember that pattern and theme? My Grandma, aunts, sister and mom all got together for a night of sewing. We had several sewing machines and all got busy creating the blanket, bumper pad, curtains and decor. What a fun time we had dreaming of the birth! Mom and Dad found the classic blue jean bear to bring to the hospital when he was born.

When I was in college, my boyfriend (who is now my husband) decided to send me a care package. He included a teddy bear and a cassette mix tape with some special songs for me to listen to.

if you go down to the woods today

Snowflake

Sometimes bears become special and are loved so much they are no longer beautiful to the general public. My youngest son has a white bear that has earned his place in family history. This little bear has so much personality and love that it definitely doesn’t look like it did when he first received it years ago. But that’s what makes teddy bears so special! They are loved so much that the fur starts to rub off and the arms get all floppy.

snowflake-bear

Build a Bears & Memories

The more I thought about teddy bears and memories, the more special bears I found.

  • There’s the Pooh Bear that was given to my youngest son when he was born.
  • We’ve got Army bear and Greenie that my son made for his birthday present several years at Build a Bear
  • We’ve got Teddy that lived on the kids bed for years. He’s lost his shape and much of his fur but will forever be known just as Teddy.
  • We’ve got the Bear in a Bunny costume from an Easter basket one year.
  • And don’t forget about big black bear that my daughter got from Nonna and Papaw
  • There’s the souvenir black bear from our camping trips in the Smokies

You get the idea…. Teddy Bears of all shapes, sizes and colors share so many memories of sweet times with kids and family!

teddy bears

What are your memories with teddy bears? Got any pictures you want to share or stories to tell? I’d love to hear!

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  1. Barbara Hale

    July 10, 2018

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    I am sending you a picture of your Uncle Steve’s beloved teddy bear. He was saved by your grandma for many years and returned to him just a year or two ago. He (Uncle Steve) and his teddy are soon to be 73 years old. As you can see, his teddy was loved and carried around with him so much that a lot of his fur has been rubbed off and his little eyes are gone. Uncle Steve and his teddy haven’t been on a picnic in a lot of years but the ideas you have shown are delightful. Perhaps we will do that sometime soon.

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