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Teddy Bear Day

Updated on September 3, 2014
Have You Hugged Your Bear Today?
Have You Hugged Your Bear Today? | Source

Celebrate Teddy Bears on September 9!

Did you know that there's a holiday just for teddy bears? What a wonderful chance for us to celebrate the cuddly, loveable bears that make so many kids (and adults) smile!

On this page you will find fun facts about teddy bears as well as some great ideas for celebrating Teddy Bear Day on September 9!

Nobody seems to know how Teddy Bear Day got started or why it takes place on September 9 but that's not going to stop us from celebrating!

Teddy Bear History
Teddy Bear History

Teddy Bear History

Stuffed bears first made an appearance in Germany around 1900. At that time, Margarete Steiff was already known locally for her stuffed animals. Margarete's nephew, Richard was inspired by bears he saw at the zoo and he designed a jointed bear for his aunt to create.

The movable toy bear was called 55PB. The picture seen here is a replica because unfortunately none of the original 55PBs are still around. The Steiff's sold a few of the bears around Germany but they didn't see a lot of success until a man named Theodore Roosevelt got involved.

How The Teddy Bear Got It's Name

Drawing The Line In Mississippi
Drawing The Line In Mississippi

The First American Teddy Bear

The First Teddy Bear (1903)
The First Teddy Bear (1903) | Source

In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt was in Mississippi trying to solve a border dispute. An avid sportsman, President Roosevelt went hunting in his spare time. As the end of the hunt drew near, Roosevelt was frustrated because his fellow hunters had all made a kill but he hadn't managed one. Roosevelt's attendants cornered and clubbed an old black bear and tied him to a tree in an effort to help the president. They called Roosevelt over and encouraged him to shoot the animal. But, President Roosevelt refused because he considered it unsportsmanlike to kill an animal that was tied up in such a way.

After hearing the story of Roosevelt and the bear, Clifford Berryman of the Washington Post created a political cartoon called "Drawing the Line in Mississippi" (pictured above).

Morris Michtom, a candy shop owner in New York saw the cartoon and decided to create a window display in his shop about it. He wrote to President Roosevelt and asked if he could use his name in conjunction with a stuffed bear he and his wife, Rose had created. President Roosevelt agreed and Teddy's Bear was proudly displayed in Michtom's shop window. He never intended to sell the bear so Michtom was surprised when people started requesting Teddy Bears of their own. Morris and Rose began making more bears and selling them and the popularity of Teddy Bears grew and grew!

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Teddy Bear Action Rhyme

Do this interactive Teddy Bear Rhyme with your kids! It's easy - just do each action as you say it.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, wink one eye,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please.

A Very Special Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear Made With Shirt
Teddy Bear Made With Shirt

When my grandpa was alive he wore a lot of flannel shirts. If he wasn't in church, he was in flannel. When he was working around the house or on the car he wore blue striped overalls. And he always had a handkerchief in his pocket. After he passed my grandma saved some of his shirts that she had liked best and she had them made into teddy bears. My dad and his two brothers each got a bear and all of the grandchildren got their own bears as well.

My "Grandpa Bear" (pictured above) is made of a green flannel shirt that my grandpa used to wear, his paws are made of some of the fabric from Grandpa's overalls and he has a blue handkerchief tied around his neck. Grandpa Bear currently lives on a shelf in my daughter's room, watching over the great-granddaughter that he never met.

Teddy Bear Crafts and Activities

Print out a free Bear Word Search

Test your knowledge with a Printable Teddy Bear Crossword Puzzle

Make A Paper Teddy Bear

Make a Teddy Bear Tote

Create a Teddy Bear Clock (pictured)

Teddy Bear Coloring Pages

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day by printing and decorating these free coloring sheets!

Make Teddy Bear Cookies

This video from Betty Crocker shows how to make some cute teddy bear cookies. I think it's a fun idea for Teddy Bear Day.

Teddy Bear Cookie Cutters

Little talent in the kitchen? How about making it easy on yourself with teddy bear cookie cutters!

Teddy Bears Make Great Gifts!

Little girl with big teddy bears
Little girl with big teddy bears

Looking for a gift for a new baby, Valentine's Day, or another special occasion? Teddy Bears make great gifts for children as well as for that special someone in your life. The picture above is my daughter on Valentine's Day 2011. My husband bought each of us a big bear and we both still cherish our cuddly friend :)

Teddy Bear Collectors

Teddy Bears aren't just for kids, there are a lot of adult collectors out there who cherish these huggable friends. Find more about Teddy Bear Collectors at the links below.

How do you plan to celebrate Teddy Bear Day?

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I love teddy bears of all kinds.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Love Teddy Bears ... doesn't everyone?