Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic This National Picnic Month! - The Focus Foundation

Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic This National Picnic Month!

Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic This National Picnic Month! - The Focus Foundation

Summer picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and each other’s company.

Teddy Bear Picnic Day is celebrated on July 10, 2021. Take your Teddy Bear and eat a meal outdoors, ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake, or with an interesting view. Or in your own backyard!
Before you go on a teddy bears picnic, you need to spruce up your favorite teddy bear. Fluff his fur and maybe tie on a fancy bow. Remind him to practice his manners.

Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic This National Picnic Month! - The Focus Foundation

You will want to pack some scrumptious treats for your outing. Make sure you have some of your teddy’s favorites!

Items you could include:

  • peanut butter & honey sandwiches
  • teddy bear graham cookies
  • honeycomb cereal
  • gummy bears
  • berries
  • chamomile tea
Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic This National Picnic Month! - The Focus Foundation

Bring non-perishable foods.* Reduce the worry of keeping foods at certain temperatures by limiting the number of perishable foods. Try bringing baked potato chips or pretzels instead of potato salad; washed whole fruit, dried fruit, or fruit cups instead of a fruit salad; and other snacks such as trail mix, nuts, or sunflower seeds.

*Authored by or Adapted from Lisa Franzen-Castle, Ph.D., RD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Nutrition Specialist. Healthy Bites Newsletter, July 2015, at http://go.unl.edu/omn6.

Enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic This National Picnic Month! - The Focus Foundation

A teddy bear picnic isn’t complete without a few games.

  • Play hide and seek with your bear (but don’t forget where you hid him).
  • Feeling brave? Go on a bear hunt. Read the book! Follow dance moves on YouTube!
  • Can you make a list of famous bears?
  • Make a bear cave by draping blankets over a table.
  • Play an alphabet game, “I’m going on a teddy bear picnic and I’m taking… (an apple, a bear, a cupcake…)
  • Point to your Teddy’s body parts: arm, leg, eyes, nose, mouth…
  • Listen to the Teddy Bear Picnic song by Anne Murray or Bing Crosby on YouTube. Here are the lyrics:

If you go down in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears
Every Teddy Bear who’s been good is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat and wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

  • Make up a dance for the song