How to organise a teddy bears' picnic children's party
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic? Get top tips for holding the perfect party for children of all ages - and their cuddly friends
- Create simple bear shaped invites with some brown card and googly eyes
- Don't forget to invite teddy bears along with their owners!
- Hand out teddy masks or bear ears to each child as they arrive - or get children to make their own from paper plates, card, headbands and felt
- If you can rope in an artistically-inclined adult, have them on hand for face painting
- Or if you (or another parent) are happy to don a costume for the festivities, consider having a life-sized teddy lead the games and activities
- Dig out as many old teddy bears as you can find and scatter them around - maybe hiding in different places to watch the party
- Borrow or buy some plastic tea sets and arrange them alongside the teddy bears
- Lay out different coloured blankets (search charity shops for extra supplies)
- Pick up some cheap gingham PVC tablecloth material from your local market or haberdashery and use it to cover a table, or as a floor mat for an outdoor picnic
- Keep toys or anything needed for activities in picnic baskets
- Hang bunting (you can even make your own), balloons and streamers from fence posts or trees
- Buy or borrow a bubble machine to leave running if the party is outside - not only will this create a great atmosphere, but the children will love chasing the bubbles
- If you're at home, use chalk to draw large paw prints on the path leading to your front door
Activities and party games
No teddy bears' picnic would be complete without a rendition of Michael
Rosen's We're Going On a Bear Hunt. "Have a big story time
outdoors and get all the kids up on their feet joining in and doing
If the party's taking place in your garden, hire a bouncy castle for some easy entertainment.
Decorate a picnic lunch box:
- Give each child a box which they
can decorate with stickers, glitter, felt tips etc.
- Use the boxes to serve the children their picnic lunch, or fill them with goodies to be taken home at the end of the party
Colouring in: Check out pound shops for teddy bear or outdoor-themed colouring in books, or print off colouring sheets.
Best-dressed bear competition: Give children some time to create costumes for their bears with scraps of fabric, newspaper or even plastic bags. Award prizes to the best creations.
Teddy bear hunt: Each child has to find a bear with their name on,
which has been hidden with a little prize or treat.
- Buy a teddy bear
biscuit cutter and bake a
batch of bear biscuits in advance
- Mix up some icing and have bowls of sprinkles, sweets etc to decorate them with
- Let kids decorate their
own and take them home in the party bags
Bears and lumberjacks:
- All children pretend to be lumberjacks in the forest by miming chopping
- You shout very loudly 'the bears are coming' and all the lumberjacks have to lie down very still on the ground.
- The adults walk among them doing ridiculous bear acting (sniffing them, growling etc), and anyone who giggles or moves has to become one of the bears and join in the bear acting next time round
- Re-start with 'all lumberjacks back to work'.
Add a teddy theme to other well-loved party games:
- What's the Time Mr Bear?
- Hide and seek, where the teddy bears must hide with their owners
- Use the Teddy Bears' Picnic music for pass the parcel or musical statues - and make the teddies join in too, of course
- Calm children down at the end of the day (or throughout, if necessary!) with a game of sleeping bears - the same as sleeping lions
Picnic party food
Treat guests and their furry companions to:
- Miniature meals for teddy-sized mouths - mini sausage rolls, pasties or quiches and veggie sticks
- Winnie the Pooh's favourites: honey sandwiches and honey cake
- Teddy-shaped EVERYTHING - go wild with a biscuit cutter for bear-shaped sandwiches, cheese slices or individual pizzas
- And don't forget - plenty of Pom bears!
- Alternatively, you could fill each child's decorated lunch box with a sandwich or wrap, biscuit and piece of fruit
- Jelly and ice cream are must-haves at picnics. Add a few strawberries or raspberries to each child's bowl for a slightly healthier dessert
There's only one way to round off the birthday picnic - with cake!
Cupcakes (homemade or shop bought) can be simply decorated with icing and milk/white chocolate buttons to look like bears' faces and paws.
Watch our video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on how to make your own Teddy Bear cupcakes.
What to put in the party bags
- Teddy bear sticker books, pencils or key ring
- A bookmark
- Gummy bears
- Leftover picnic food and birthday cake
If you've made any crafts as part of your activities - party
boxes, teddy bear biscuits, colouring in - children
can take those home, too.
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Last updated: about 2 months ago