A Teddy bear picnic can provide a fun outing for preschoolers and kindergarteners. You can include children in planning and preparing for the event by letting them get involved in creating the decorations, too. This not only extends the activity, but increases their excitement, making the picnic more memorable for all. It is also a useful way to display children's artistic skills.
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Set the Scene
Host your picnic outside in a park, field or forest. According to the song, the teddy bears' picnic took place in the woods. To recreate this inside, make large cardboard cut-out trees and have the children paint them or stick on leaves cut from green construction paper. Lay out a large, plaid picnic blanket, and set a large wicker hamper in the centre filled with picnic food.
Cut out teddy bear shapes from light brown card stock and have children decorate one shape each. Let them add faces, clothing and accessories. Have googly eyes to stick on, buttons, ribbons and decorative bows. Punch holes in each teddy's ears and thread the teddy on to a long length of ribbon. Hang up the bunting to decorate the picnic area.
Have each child cut a teddy shape from brown card stock. Use a template to draw around and make the shape symmetrical. It should stand up unaided when folded in half vertically. Have a child write out the menu for the picnic on a small sheet of paper and stick it to the centre of the teddy bear shape. Let her decorate the bear, adding eyes, nose and mouth. Fold the bear in half so the menu is freestanding.
Bear Paw Prints
Cut large bear paw prints from brown craft foam or card stock and place them on the floor in a trail, leading to a big pot of honey. Cover a coffee can or other large container with construction paper, and stick on a label that reads: "honey." Cut some cardboard bees and attach them to the jar with pipe cleaners, so it looks like they are buzzing around the honeypot.
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