Is there anything more fun for little ones that a Teddy Bears’ Picnic?!
It’s such a great way to get your kids outdoors – they love the thought of having their very own Teddy Bears’ Picnic! And it doesn’t need to be fancy. Some simple fun food, a few toys and games, a few stuffed animals and a picnic blanket and you’re done!
It’s a a fun and healthy way to spend quality family time together, and also makes a great summer playdate or inexpensive birthday party idea! And if the weather turns foul, you can move it indoors easily.
Here are my tips on how to have the BEST Teddy Bears’ Picnic!
Send out an Teddy Bears Picnic Invitation!
If it’s for a party or bigger event you can get creative and make an invite, but it’s quick and easy to do it through a simple text or WhatsApp to your favourite group of mum friends!
It could also me a great way to get to know people better from your child’s class or after-school club – don’t be shy and just make the first move and ask! Most people will be really delighted to have been included.
If you’re feeling extra-adventurous you could arrange a big whole-class picnic to celebrate the end of term, at your local park perhaps.
Ask the parents to let their children take along their favourite teddies to the party – of course, it doesn’t need to be a teddy, any kind of stuffed toy is fine!
Make up some simple food
If your children are anything like my daughter Emily then getting them to eat healthily can sometimes be a little tricky!
You might also have any dietary requirements or allergies from some of the other guests to take into consideration.
Most supermarkets have a great range of ‘free-from’ foods and alternatives, and with many of these you hardly know the difference. One of our closest friends is vegan and I always manage to find a suitable substitute when her family come round to visit.
If you’re organising a big event you’ll find that people will generally be happy to offer to contribute some food – my advice is to accept with thanks!
I find that you can’t go wrong with fruit, chips’n’dips, and good old jam sandwiches!
Break out your biggest picnic blanket!
We love this jumbo-sized ASAB picnic blanket which we got from Amazon – at 3 metres by 2.2 metres in dimension you can certainly fit a lot on it, It also folds up nicely and wipes easily, and has a lovely, bright traditional tartan pattern.
Of course you could also ask other parents to bring along their own picnic blankets too, and join/overlap them to make one extra-large sitting area.
Make a (rough!) timetable for your Teddy Bears’ Picnic!
You don’t want to be too inflexible because for one thing, you’re dealing with children here, and for another, you don’t want all the fresh food you and other parents have prepared spoiling by lying out for too long. But a rough (and adaptable) plan could go something like this:
- Get all the Teddy Bears together and get them set up sitting in a circle. Maybe the children could introduce their favourite toy.
- Then its time to kick off the fun by singing and dancing to ‘ïf you go down to the woods today´- the famous teddy bears picnic song! And of course you can find some other teddy bears picnic rhymes to sing too.
- Have some simple games planned – depending on the age of the children maybe Tag, Hide and Seek or ‘What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?’ could be good options!
- Enjoy your picnic food!
- Burn off some of the energy by having some dancing – why not check out YouTube for some great traditional children’s songs and dances? You might recognise some old favourites from when you were that age!
- Quieten down with a story (with an appropriate Teddy Bear theme of course!) or if you’re having an indoor Teddy Bears’ Picnic pop on a movie.
Use your imagination and have fun!