Teddy bears’ pic­nic: great birth­day party ideas for kids

Here is ev­ery­thing you need to cre­ate a fan­tas­tic kids' teddy bear-themed birth­day party, says

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS - Mar­tine Lleonart.

This is a very adapt­able lit­tle party be­cause it’s a pic­nic: you can pick it up and take it with you to the lo­cal park if you don’t have a back­yard. And re­mem­ber, this is a strictly BYO bear af­fair, so re­mem­ber to make some ex­tra treats for the bears, too.


Since this is a teddy bears’ pic­nic and most teddy bears are small in stature, keep the dec­o­ra­tions for this party close to the ground. You’ll need pic­nic rugs, cush­ions and a low ta­ble for the food.

The bears’ re­treat

2 or 3 large sticks or bam­boo poles string tis­sue pa­per tas­sels (from party sup­ply stores) This is a cosy spot just for the chil­dren and their spe­cial guests. Push the sticks or poles very firmly into the ground. Run the string be­tween the poles and hang pa­per tas­sels and other bear­friendly dec­o­ra­tions from them. You could also sus­pend the dec­o­ra­tions from a friendly tree.

Bear ears

nee­dle and twine small coloured pom­poms soft head­bands Us­ing a nee­dle, thread short pieces of twine through the bot­tom half of the pom­poms, then tie two pom­poms onto each head­band for the chil­dren to wear as bear ears. In­stant cute­ness!

Fol­low the bear prints

chalk Use white chalk to draw bear foot­prints along the foot­path out­side your house, head­ing to the front door (use il­lus­tra­tion on the op­po­site page, top, for in­spi­ra­tion).


Hand-print bear bear faces: brown card, black marker pen, glue paint in a shal­low dish white A4 pa­per glue wash­ing-up tub for messy paws Pre-pre­pare bear faces for the party by cut­ting out a large round card shape for the face and two smaller ones for the ears. Us­ing the im­age (op­po­site page, above) as a guide, glue the three pieces to­gether and draw on eyes and a muz­zle. Each child takes a turn at dip­ping their hand into the paint and press­ing it onto a sheet of pa­per to make a bear’s body. Help the chil­dren to stick a bear face in po­si­tion. Re­mem­ber to write the child’s name on their art­work. Al­low to dry – the bear prints should be ready to take home by the end of the party.

Teddy para­chute toss

play para­chute (or an old sheet) lots of ted­dies Get the kids to place ted­dies in the mid­dle of the para­chute, ask them to stand around the perime­ter: all count “1,2, 3, lift!” and watch them fly. See how many bears are safely caught!

Pass the par­cel

lots of wrap­ping pa­per lit­tle pack­ets of Tiny Ted­dies lit­tle pack­ets of Gummy Bears Pre­pare the par­cel, wrap­ping al­ter­nate lay­ers with pack­ets of Tiny Ted­dies and pack­ets of Gummy Bears. The chil­dren sit in a cir­cle on the floor and pass the par­cel around the cir­cle while mu­sic plays in the back­ground. When the mu­sic stops (an adult should be in charge of the mu­sic to en­sure it stops at the right time), the child hold­ing the par­cel gets to open a layer of the par­cel, re­veal­ing a small gift. Keep go­ing un­til ev­ery child has had a turn at open­ing a layer, leav­ing the very last layer for the birth­day child.

Party favours

Teddy bear party bags blue pa­per party bags white card black marker pen glue small wooden pegs Fold the top quar­ter of the party bags over. Cut out bear ears and a muz­zle from white card. Draw bear’s mouth and nose on muz­zle, then glue ears onto top outer edge of pa­per bags. Po­si­tion muz­zle in the mid­dle of bag and glue in place. Draw on eyes, fill bags and close them with a wooden peg. These bags are per­fect for the hang-and­dis­play treat­ment – safe from lit­tle hands un­til they are ready to be handed out. Teddy bear crayons old bro­ken crayons sil­i­cone teddy bear mould Pre­heat oven to 100°C (80°C fan-forced); line a tray with bak­ing pa­per. Chop crayons into lit­tle pieces; ar­range in mould. Pile the pieces up a lit­tle higher than the top of the mould be­cause when the crayons melt they will take up less space. Put the mould on the tray and cook for 12–15 min­utes. Re­move from the oven and let the bear crayons cool com­pletely be­fore re­mov­ing them from the mould. Sleepy teddy bear small tin or box for the bed teddy-shaped cookie cut­ter brown felt light brown felt dark brown em­broi­dery thread stuff­ing scraps of felt or pretty ma­te­rial Mea­sure a small tin or box to make sure your teddy will fit nicely in the bed. Now use a teddy-shaped cookie cut­ter to trace and cut two bear shapes from brown felt. Cut one small oval from the light brown felt for the muz­zle. Use dark brown em­broi­dery thread to sew a nose and mouth onto muz­zle. Sew muz­zle onto face of one bear shape. Sew on eyes us­ing dark brown em­broi­dery thread in a French knot (there are ex­cel­lent tu­to­ri­als on all types of em­broi­dery stitches on­line if you need to brush up on your needle­work). Layer two bear shapes, then, be­gin­ning at one arm, sew the whole way around teddy us­ing blan­ket stitch. Re­mem­ber to leave a small gap so you can fill teddy with stuff­ing be­fore you sew it up. Make a comfy bed for teddy by cre­at­ing a sheet and pil­low from pretty fabric scraps.

Bear sand­wiches

thin-sliced bread bear-shaped cookie cut­ter or mould fill­ings of your choice All you need is a bear-shaped cookie cut­ter to make sim­ple crust­less bear sand­wiches.

Teddy fruit cups

cup­cake cases card in var­i­ous colours glue black marker pen blue­ber­ries straw­ber­ries Turn cup­cake cases into friendly lit­tle bears. Cut a round face, two small round ears and a lit­tle oval-shaped snout from card. Us­ing the im­age on the op­po­site page as a guide, as­sem­ble the bear with glue and draw on eyes and a muz­zle. At­tach to the cases and fill them with blue­ber­ries and cut-up straw­ber­ries.

Teddy rac­ing cars

small amount of melted dark cho­co­late Tiny Teddy bis­cuits with legs cut off Tim Tams or any cho­co­late-cov­ered rec­tan­gu­lar bis­cuit Smar­ties (or M&M’s) Use the melted cho­co­late to stick the ted­dies on the cho­co­late bis­cuit “cars”. Us­ing more melted cho­co­late, add Smar­ties to the side of the bis­cuits for the

Old-school bis­cuits

2 pack­ets of teddy-shaped bis­cuits (cho­co­late and plain) small amount of melted cho­co­late ed­i­ble sugar flow­ers (from the cake aisle at the su­per­mar­ket or cake dec­o­rat­ing stores) For larger bis­cuits, you could make your own, cut­ting the dough with a bear­shaped cookie cut­ter, and coat half the cooled cooked bis­cuits in cho­co­late. Daz­zle the par­ty­go­ers by mix­ing plain and cho­co­late-flavoured bears on the same plate. Use melted cho­co­late to glue on sugar flow­ers to make girl bears. Fancy.

Bear bot­tles

coloured card glue black marker pen dou­ble-sided sticky tape small milk bot­tles coloured twine milk or juice Make bear faces from card – see the in­struc­tions for teddy fruit cups, left – and use tape to stick them to milk bot­tles (you can buy bot­tles with lids and in-built straws to avoid spillages; al­ter­na­tively, you could get clear plas­tic cups with lids and straws if you are wor­ried about break­ages). Tie a short piece of pretty twine around the neck of the bot­tle in a bow. Fill with bear juice of your choice.

Bear ears

Teddy para­chute toss

Hand-print bear

Teddy bear party bags

Sleepy teddy bear

wheels and stick halved Smar­ties on top of the bis­cuits as the steer­ing wheel.

This is an edited ex­tract from Let’s Party by Mar­tine Lleonart, pub­lished by Hardie Grant Books.

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