A teddy bear picnic is a great way to entertain one-year-olds. Many toddlers already have their own teddy bears that they can bring along. In addition, the teddy bear theme lends itself nicely to fun games, activities and food ideas for very young children. Make sure it is a warm day, get a large blanket and begin your teddy bear picnic in style.
Send out invitations to the parents of other one-year-olds. Cut out bear-shaped invitations from brown construction paper. Include the date, place and what parents should bring to the picnic. Ask other parents to each bring a specific dish or course to the picnic if it is a large gathering. Alternatively, write the party details on a card tied with ribbon around the neck of a small teddy bear.
Ask parents to dress their kids as teddy bears, or to bring their child's teddy bear along with them. Set aside time for children to play freely with their teddy bears together, and to exchange teddy bears. If children are dressed as teddy bears, have a teddy bear parade, where children march around the park doing their best bear imitations.
Serve teddy bear snacks and food, such as peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Make cookies in the shape of bears. You can also make hamburgers and shape them to look like teddy bears. Make "teddy bear punch," with lemonade and fruit punch. Serve gummy bears as a sweet treat.
Play teddy bear games and activities. Bring face paint and have parents paint their children's faces to look like teddy bears. Have a teddy bear sing-a-long, featuring the song "Teddy Bears' Picnic." Gather the children around and tell a story about teddy bears. Play musical "Pass the Bear," where children pass one teddy bear around the circle with music playing. Stop the music and whoever is holding the bear is out. Play until there is only one child left.