In the United Kingdom, the bear has become closely associated with charity fund-raising thanks to the Children In Need campaign and its yellow mascot, Pudsey the Bear. Whether you are hoping to raise money for this campaign or another local charity, you can theme fund-raising activities around bears in plenty of ways. Just remember that a kid's teddy bear is always popular.
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Snack foods such as cookies and small cakes are ideal for selling at a larger fund-raising event, for example, at a fete or garage. You can work a bear theme into your cooking by making the cookies into the shape of bears or by using icing to decorate the cakes with bear faces or cartoon bears. The bear-themed snacks can then be sold at a stall for a small charge.
Teddy Bear Sale
Old teddy bears belonging to your children can clutter bedrooms and attics long after the kids have finished playing with them. You can make some money from these bears by dusting them off and setting up a teddy bear sale.
Bear Face Painting
Kids will love being made up to resemble a fierce bear. You can hire a professional face-painter to set up a stall if you're running a big event, or you can buy some face paints from a store and do some simple designs yourself. You can charge parents a few cents per child's face painted, and you'll soon have a fair bit of cash for charity.
Teddy Bear's Picnic
The teddy bear's picnic has long been a staple kids' activity, and, as the Better Fundraising Ideas website points out, it's suitable for preschoolers or perhaps for parent circles. Either way, parents should be encouraged to come along with their kids---and their child's favourite teddy bear, of course---and each donate a little money to a chosen charity.
A teddy bear's picnic will take a little more organising than many fund-raising activities, since you'll need to put together posters to advertise the event and find a place to host the picnic. You'll also want to prepare snack food or ask each parent to bring along a few food items. On a summer's day, you might head out into local woods or into a park with picnic rugs. If the weather is cold though, a school hall or similar can achieve the same effect. During the picnic, you can play games such as tag or enjoy a sing-a-long.
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