How to Throw a Terrific TEDDY BEAR Picnic!
Having a teddy bear picnic is lots of fun. We have at least one a year at Little Sprouts. I invite the kids to bring their favorite stuffed animal to eat with them and we eat in a special place. This year, the heat index was supposed to be 100 at lunch time and that’s just too hot for me, so we opted for an indoor picnic. I placed a sheet on the living room floor and cooked lunch and packed it in a basket. The kids had so much fun!
This week was animal week. I told parents their kids could dress in animal print or animal shirts. Some even wore costumes. On Monday when we had P.E., we did animal exercises such as kangaroo hopping and monkey climbing. We read animal books during story time and sang animal songs. Today was the pinnacle of the week with our Teddy Bear Picnic.
Once we were all in place, I read a book to the kids about a bear doing aerobics in the jungle with all the animals. The kids and I worked out as I read.
Going on a bear hunt at the teddy bear picnic
Next, we did some Bear Hunting. Here’s a short video clip.
If you haven’t heard the bear hunt chant before, you can click here for a version of it. I have done it with the kids for years and haven’t found one yet who doesn’t LOVE it!
After the bear hunt, the kids got their plates and cups of milk and I served their lunch. They pretended to feed their stuffed animals and ate up everything I made. They were super excited to be eating on the floor.
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Here’s what the picnic basket looked like after they ate.
Once they were finished eating, I had them take care of their dishes and come back to the blanket and I read them a book about animals brushing their teeth. They were tired and ready for nap. Everyone’s faces were covered in smiles.
Teddy bear picnics are fun for kids
You don’t have to do anything fancy to show kids a good time. They are just happy you are doing something with them. They are excited to spend time with you and they are excited to get to do something new.
Here is the consensus of how they felt about the day.
I hope our Teddy Bear Picnic inspires you to do something fun with your kids this week! Comment below and let me know what you came up with.
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