Teddy bears are a classic toy for kids and consequently make for interesting craft projects. The term "Teddy Bear" originated from "Teddy's Bears," a phrase coined by a shopkeeper, Morris Michtom, in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900s. After seeing a political cartoon depicting a bear hunt where Theodore Roosevelt spared the life of a bear during a bear hunt, he placed two bears in his store front and asked for permission to use the phrase. Share the tale behind the term "teddy bear" as you work on the teddy bear crafts with your child.
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Paper Plate Teddy
Make a paper plate teddy bear to display in your room or on the refrigerator. Flip three paper plates upside down and paint them with brown (or any colour you want your bear to be) with craft paint. Allow them to dry and draw a bear face on one of the plates. Cut two of the paper plates in half. These will be the arms and legs. Attach a body to the head by gluing the paper plate with the face on it so that it slightly overlaps another whole plate (the body). Glue the arms and legs in place around the body. Cut two small circles from the fifth plate and glue them in place at the top of the head for ears.
Teddy Bear Cinnamon Ornaments
Make teddy bear ornaments that will double as a spicy air freshener for your home. Mix together ½ cup of applesauce and a cup of ground cinnamon. Roll the mixture into a ¼-inch thick sheet and use a teddy bear cookie cutter to cut the ornament out. Remove the extra cinnamon mixture from around the bear. Use a plastic straw to make a hole in the top and decorate the bear with cloves. Press the cloves onto the surface and allow the bear to dry for a couple days. Once the bear is dried and hardened, slip a ribbon or string through the hole to hang it up.
Teddy Bear Finger Puppet
Create a finger puppet with a page from a colouring book and an empty toilet paper roll. Use your teddy bear puppets for teddy bear performances or just for decoration. Colour a picture of a teddy bear in a colouring book and cut the head, arms and legs out with scissors. Paint your toilet paper roll brown with craft paints and allow it to dry. Glue your head to the top of the toilet paper roll. Glue the arms on either side of the roll and glue the legs so they are sticking out of the bottom of the roll. Stick your finger behind the bears legs and into the roll to use your puppet.
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