Celebrate Eeyore's Birthday
Celebrate With Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh!
Winnie the Pooh's friend Eeyore celebrates his birthday this weekend (April 27), and let's not forget the occasion!* You see, Eeyore felt sad when he thought his friends forgot his birthday, but even the imperfect gifts of a popped balloon and an empty honey jar (brought by Pooh Bear and Piglet) cheered him up immensely. Ah, the value of friendship! Indeed, little ones can learn a lot from the classic story of Eeyore and his friends... and older folks like to get in on the fun, too.
So how to celebrate? It all depends... If you live in Austin, Texas, you can celebrate Eeyore's birthday at the annual Eeyore Festival. The event includes a number of planned activities for family and children. The reality is that though the event is policed more than it used to be, there are some 'unplanned activities' (like drug use) that obviously aren't child-friendly. There is a designated children's area, though, open 11:00 to 4:00, so Eeyore's birthday can be enjoyed safely by its original audience: children.
In recent years, my city, Seattle, has held its own smaller and more toned down Eeyore celebration. It will be interesting to see if the celebration spreads. But if your community isn't celebrating -- or if you don't feel comfortable bringing your little ones to planned festivities -- you can still commemorate Eeyore at home with your kids. Eeyore's birthday story is a great way to explore issues of friendship and loneliness as well as personal differences. (Of course it's also a classic story available in two main versions (the A.A. Milne original and the Disney version -- that in itself makes it a learning opportunity.)
On this page, you will find a variety of resources about Eeyore's birthday... and Eeyore's friends.
Another birthday come and went, and there were lots in attendance!
Themes From Eeyore's Birthday Books - Critical thinking with Pooh and Eeyore
- Depression Why is Eeyore sad? Why do people get sad?
- Not giving up on people Eeyore seems very pessimistic, yet it just makes his day when he's given... a busted balloon and an empty honey pot. What lessons does this teach? (Eeyore is pessimistic, but is he unappreciative?)
- Self-esteem and abilities/ disabilities Why does owl want to pretend he's better at spelling than he really is?
- Good intentions Was it Piglet's fault that he busted the balloon? Why or why not? What about Winnie the Pooh? Is he also blameless?
Celebrate by Studying Real Donkeys
Eeyore Lesson Plans and Activity Sheets
Children can role play Eeyore's feelings. From around the web, here are some more ideas for using Eeyore in the classroom (or homeschool program). You can teach conflict resolution, character development, and critical thinking... plus try out a little origami.
- Conflict Resolution Lesson
Learn A-B-C-D conflict resolution with Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore.
- Character Sheet
Character Sheet and thinking questions for Eeyore's Birthday.
- Story Guide and Analysis
Get to know the AA Milne classic version.
- 100 Acres Wood Birthday Party: Planning Activities
Pretend you are planning a party at 100 Acres Wood. Do these activities as a simulation... or for a real party.
- Eeyore Coloring Pages
Click to enlarge and print.
- Eeyore Origami
Wow -- 90 steps.
Eeyore's Birthday: AA Milne
This is the version I remember from my childhood. Like many children, I would listen to or read the same story over and over. While I remember this one fondly, the A.A. Milne original has its own charms.
This hardback book features the classic illustrations and text of AA Milne -- it's a chapter of the original volume, which was published in the 1920's.
Milne's version has a subtle wit and a fairly subtle character development. (You might want to compare it to the Disney version.)
Austin Celebrates Eeyore's Birthday
Eeyore's Birthday has been a tradition in Austin since the early 1960's. It is now held as a benefit for local charities and includes a drum circle as a signature event.
Seattle Celebrates Eeyore's Birthday!
Seattle celebrates --? Well, uh, Austin was doing it... This is a smaller scale tribute to Eeyore, held in Seattle's Cal Anderson Park. It's also an idea for other local bands: an Eeyore's birthday concert.
Seattle Eeyore's Birthday Celebration
- Yelp -- Eeyore's Birthday
Details on the 2010 Eeyore's birthday celebration in Cal Anderson Park.
Happy Birthday, Eeyore!
Disney's version of Eeyore -- in a simple format designed for beginning readers. An economic paperback edition. There are some plot differences.
You may want to do the original version as a read-aloud and this one as an independent read.
Playing With Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh
How about a game of 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey'?
- Eeyore Suit
Lunchbox Photography, Flickr Creative Commons
Bray if you like donkeys.