How to Throw a Terrific TEDDY BEAR Picnic!

How to throw a 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.

How to throw a teddy bear 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!

teddy bear picnic food

picnic food How to Throw a Terrific TEDDY BEAR Picnic!

Teddy bear picnic ideas

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.

doing a little bearobics, How to Throw a Terrific TEDDY BEAR Picnic!

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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teddy bear picnic plates

munching with our teddy bears at the picnic

plate of food from teddy bear picnic

yummy teddy bear picnic peaches, home daycare, family childcare, preschool

eating teddy bear picniceating peas at the teddy bear picnic

Here’s what the picnic basket looked like after they ate.

leftovers from teddy bear picnic

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.

Teddy bear picnic party ideas

You could easily use this idea for a super fun kid’s birthday party. There are many ways you can explore teddy bears with kids and spend as little or as much as you’d like. I love simple party days, and I have to be careful with my budget, so I chose simple and inexpensive. Enjoy your teddy day.

Click here to see what one of the kids had to say 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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How to throw a teddy bear picnic







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  1. Doris says:

    Love it thank for the ideas. Will be doing this very soon!!

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