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Teddy Bears' Picnic: Fun Indoors or Out

Updated on May 5, 2016

Setting Out a Picnic in the Yard

A teddy bear picnic
A teddy bear picnic

Take Your Teddy Bear on a Picnic! Sing the Teddy Bears' Picnic Song!

Children everywhere love teddy bears, and who wouldn't enjoy having a teddy bear's picnic with a favorite bear? A teddy bear can take on its own personality, especially after having been loved and dragged around by a little person. When I was a child, my teddy bear's name was Fuzzy Wuzzy -- appropriate because his hair really was loved off in patches! Do you remember your Teddy Bear?

Do you still have a Teddy Bear?

Come on, let's go on a picnic. Grab a few snacks (Teddy Grahams and gummy bears would be good for dessert), and a blanket, and let's go! Oh, and don't forget to bring Teddy along!

Teddy Bear Picnic photo by Amber S. Wallace Photography of North Carolina.

Henry Hall and His Orchestra Performs "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" - Sung by Val Rosing

The Teddy Bears' Picnic is a song that has been sung and loved by generations. The melody was composed by John Walter Bratton in 1907 and the lyrics were added by Jimmy Kennedy in 1932. That was the year Henry Hall and His Orchestra recorded the song (EMI SH 172), which was sung by Val Rosing. You can hear this recording in the version below.

This older version of the song is accompanied by images of teddy bears.

Teddy Bear Friends! - Everyone Needs a Teddy Bear

In case your teddy bear has gotten, uhm, lost in the woods, this vintage bear could become a new friend for you or for a child you know. A bear friend is an essential part of a teddy bear's picnic. But of course, you know that.

Steiff Bear

Steiff Happy 16" Teddy Bear
Steiff Happy 16" Teddy Bear

Steiff Teddy bear with a cute little smile.


If You Go Down to the Woods Today, You're Sure of a Big Surprise! - If You Go Down to the Woods Today, You'd Better Go in Disguise!

I don't know about you, but when I was a child, some of the words in the song "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" were mysterious to me. Going into the woods in disguise seemed exotic and a little scary. If you wear a mask while walking in between the trees, for instance, would't you trip on the tree roots or on some stray rocks? Would you really be able to see where you were going, and would you get hopelessly lost? These were thoughts I had at the time. I think I'd still be worried about some of those things.

Taking a Bear for a Walk

Carrying a teddy bear through the woods.
Carrying a teddy bear through the woods. | Source

For Every Bear That Ever There Was - Will Gather There for Certain Because

Will my teddy bear -- you know the one that sits on my bed while I am busy playing with other things -- escape and take off into the woods? Will he get lost before he finds his teddy friends? Will I ever see him again or will he come home safe and sound before dinner?

I will have to check his paws for signs of moss and soil. Or maybe he was clever enough to wash them in a puddle on the way home. Hmmm, are they still wet?

The Beach Is a Great Place for a Picnic

Teddy bear on the beach.
Teddy bear on the beach. | Source

Today's the Day the Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic! - Hey, Roosevelt, Is That You?

Some people claim that Theodore Roosevelt still goes to meet picnicking teddy bears all across the United States in his free moments.

What Was the Origin of the Teddy Bear? - Teddy Bear Controversy

As an American, I learned that teddy bears first became popular after Theodore (Teddy), Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, attending a bear hunt in Mississippi in 1902, came upon a wounded bear and ordered a mercy killing of the creature. The Washington Post published an editorial cartoon about the event, a NY manufacturer started producing toy bears called "teddy bears" in honor of the president, and the rest is history.

While surfing the web, I came across the story of a German woman named Margarete Steiff (1847 - 1909). She supposedly created the first toy bear from mohair and the teddy bear was born.

Most likely, both stories are true, though the name "teddy" must come from the President.

What do you think?

Who do you credit with the creation of the teddy bear?

Morris and Rose Michtom, the husband and wife team from New York who manufactured bears and named them after the US President?

Morris and Rose Michtom, the husband and wife team from New York who manufactured bears and named them after the US President?

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    • ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Mrs Steiff probably created the first stuffed bear toy which I imagine was inspired by bears in the Black Forest. The Michtom's created the first stuffed bear that was called a Teddy Bear because of the story surrounding President Roosevelt.

    Margarete Steiff, the German woman who made toy animals despite having polio?

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      • tssfacts 6 years ago

        Margaret Steiff

      The Teddy Bears Are Having a Lovely Time Today! - Picnicking Teddies

      All silliness aside, a picnic with your teddy bear or a group of teddy bears would be a fun activity for young children. Of course, it would be even more fun if the children made the snacks or lunch ahead of time and decided what to bring and where to have the picnic.

      A picnic could take place in the backyard, at a local park, or even in the playroom. The fun is in preparing for it and in acting it all out. Even if the final destination is another room in your house, you can pretend to walk through the woods and over meadows and even across rivers on your way there. Singing the song as you go would heighten the fun.

      When you get to where your picnic will take place, you can spread out your cloth, set up the teddy bears and divvy out the treats. You could sing the song altogether one more time and even let your bears nap after eating.

      Lots of People Have Sung "The Teddy Bears' Picnic." - Which Is Your Favorite?


      Anne Murray Sings

      My kids grew up listening to Anne Murray's version of "The Teddy Bear's Picnic." This song comes from her children's album called "There's a Hippo in My Tub."

      Rosemary Clooney

      When I was a little girl, the version of the song I heard was sung by Rosemary Clooney. (Wasn't she George's aunt?)

      My sisters and I listened to her album over and over again. We learned the song by heart and worried about the bears' underwear.

      Lots of us thought the words, "Watch them, catch them unawares" went something like this: Watch them catch their underwears.

      Oh, was I the only one who thought that?

      Did You Think You Were Singing About the Bears' Underwear When You Sang "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" as a Kid? - Did You Misunderstand Any Other Words in the Song?

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          tssfacts 6 years ago

          Had no idea.

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          Gerilar 6 years ago

          I am deeply grateful that you have provided useful information to me, and I also welcome you to my website picnic blanket.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Nowadays most of the teddy bears are sold in England and these toys are targeted at children. September 9th is celebrated as the Teddy Bear Day. People celebrate it with their favorite Teddy Bears. Teddy Bear Day is not an official holiday though. Your teddy bear does not get the day off. The reason cited here is that, he still has to do his job and be loveable and cuddlesome. teddy

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          Anna2of5 5 years ago

          Actually I was thinking of a song called Waltzing with Bears, its a great song. I think Seamus Kennedy sings it. :D "Wa Wa wa wa Waltzing with bears saggy bears raggy bears baggy bear too, there's nothing on Earth Uncle Walter won't do so he can go watzing..the Bears all demand at least one waltz a day :D."

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          sheilamarie78 5 years ago

          @Anna2of5: That's a great song, too! Thanks for mentioning it.

        At Six O'Clock Their Mommies and Daddies Will Take Them Home to Bed

        Because They're Tired Little Teddy Bears!

        There's nothing like having an outing in the fresh air and getting so tired out that Mommies and Daddies must scoop you up in their arms and carry you home to snuggle into a cozy bed!

        Read the Teddy Bears' Picnic - Books About Teddy Bear's Picnic

        Teddy Bears' Picnic (Aladdin Picture Books)
        Teddy Bears' Picnic (Aladdin Picture Books)

        This book makes a sweet naptime story after your picnic.


        Teddy Bears' Picnic - Sing along and Learn the Teddy Bears Picnic Song!

        Here are a few more "Teddy Bears' Picnic" performances for you to enjoy. Karaoke, anyone?

        Activities to Stretch the Experience

        After having your own teddy bears' picnic, you may want to continue the theme with some additional fun.

        Here's a pop-up book and a sticker book with the teddy bear picnic theme.

        Teddy Bears Are Theraputic

        Nothing Like a Bear Hug!

        If you've ever visited a nursing home, you have probably seen teddy bears in many of the residents' rooms. That should come as no surprise. Many of us enjoy teddy bears our whole life long.

        Teddy bears can often be found in emergency rooms and pediatric wards, in the offices of child counselors and in the homes of our friends. Children often confide their secrets and their heartbreaks to their teddy bears. If you told secrets to your teddy bear as a child, you more likely than not still have a teddy bear in your life, perhaps propped up on your pillow in your bedroom, or maybe just stuffed into a box in your basement collecting dust.

        Now that you have learned the words (finally!) to "The Teddy Bears' Picnic," why not release that poor bear from his basement prison and treat him to a picnic on your front lawn? I'll bet all your neighbours will drag their stuffed bears out from under their beds or an attic trunk and join you in a chorus or two. Heck, maybe they'll even crack out some cheese and crackers and share them with your teddy and with you, of course, if you're nice.

        Lavender Buddy 14-inch Teddy Bear Stuffed with Lavender
        Lavender Buddy 14-inch Teddy Bear Stuffed with Lavender

        If you want the soothing fragrance of lavender coming from your bear.


        Teddy Bears -- Are They Only for Children? - How Old Did You Say You Were?

        Do You Think Adults Who Have Teddy Bears Are Strange?

        Yes, they should grow out of the teddy bear stage and move on.

        Yes, they should grow out of the teddy bear stage and move on.

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        • Anna2of5 5 years ago

          I have only one Teddy bear given to me on the First Christmas after my Dad got custody of my little brother and I. It has been loved on by my children but now its mine again and safe and sound in my closet :). I have shared him, but I'm not planning on giving him up.

        • tssfacts 6 years ago

          I ain't giving up my Teddy Bear for no one!

        • JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I love teddy bears! Any teacher who enjoys working with children knows the value of a loved bear. :-D

        Now It's Your Turn

        What do you think about teddy bears? Have you ever given one as a present? Have you ever received one as a present? What was your teddy bear's name?

        Or, if you prefer, just say "hi."

        Thanks for Visiting My Teddy Bears Picnic Lens! - Please Leave Me a Message

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            sheilamarie78 7 years ago

            Mine was called "Fuzzy Wuzzy." He was almost bald, true to his name, I guess from being loved a lot. He had a tiny music box inside that played "Rock-a-bye Baby."

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            JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

            My sweet hubby gave me a cute bear one year for Valentine's Day - the kids named him Bandit. They play with him, but know that it is "Mom's Teddy Bear"! : )

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            LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

            My bear is called Fred and he was given to me by my Dad when I was a baby - I suspect he was bigger than I was then!...I still have him *cough* years later! :)

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            ohcaroline 6 years ago

            I don't remember any bears from my childhood...though I would have loved to have one.

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            tssfacts 6 years ago

            What a delightful article. I have several teddy bears. I lost the one I had when I was growing up. I made up for it as an adult. I am still a kid at heart.

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            Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

            Oh, I love teddy bears and a teddy bear picnic sounds like a lot of fun :)

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            Anna2of5 5 years ago

            Hi that teddy bear I wrote about earlier was my only Christmas present that year, aside from getting my family back that year. My little brother received a train set. One of my best Christmases ever.

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            sheilamarie78 5 years ago

            @Anna2of5: Teddy bears are often associated with strong memories. I'm glad you still have that Teddy Bear!

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