How to love your teddy bear

How to love your teddy bear

What is a Bear-Gram ® gift?

We really love our teddy bears. So when yours leaves our factory, we want to make sure it has some fun along the way and arrives at its new home ready to deliver lots of Bear hugs and smiles to your special recipient. That’s why every Vermont Teddy Bear is delivered as a Bear-Gram gift. SAY IT WITH A BEAR ® covers services for delivering a stuffed teddy bear.

Every Bear-Gram® gift includes:

  • The handcrafted, fully jointed Vermont Teddy Bear you’ve chosen for your lucky recipient (or for yourself, after all you deserve a Bear hug, too!).
  • A fun gift box so your Bear doesn’t get bored on its journey. And of course the box also has an air hole to ensure your Bear gets lots of fresh air. Oversized Hunka Love Bears come in their own Hunka-sized box.

Make your gift even more special with personalized bear paws! Add a name, date or any message (2 lines, 15 characters each) on most Bears. Please allow one extra day for shipping.

About our Bears:

  • Our Bears are handmade right here in Vermont, from the first sketch to the final stitch. No two are exactly alike. A special note about our oversized Hunka Love Bears: Designed in Vermont, these Bears began their lives overseas and then traveled back to our factory where they were lovingly stuffed and finished right here in VT, USA.
  • Most Bears are available in your choice of four standard fur colors. And you can also get some of our Bears in specialty fur colors, like our Pastel Furs, and Premium Furs. (Due to their extra special nature, there is an additional $10 charge for our Premium Furs.)
  • Vermont Teddy Bears are big. They’re at least 15″ tall, which is about the distance from your elbow to your fingertips.
  • Our Bears are fully-jointed, which means their arms, legs, and head all turn 360 degrees. And they have soft, ultra faux suede paw pads. This of course all means that they give the BEST hugs.
  • And our Bears are also hypoallergenic. They’re even bathable, so don’t be afraid to give them a bath once in a while. Just put them in a pillowcase and let ’em ride around in your washing machine (on the GENTLE cycle). But, PLEASE don’t put them in the dryer. They’re Vermonters and can’t stand the heat.

Lifetime Guarantee on Every Bear

Every Vermont Teddy Bear is 100% unconditionally guaranteed for life. That means that if anything ever happens to your Bear (even if the family dog decides to make it his favorite toy), you can send it to us here at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and we will nurse him or her back to health in our Bear Hospital at no charge. Talk about a great healthcare plan! In the very sad event that your Bear is too badly injured and has no hope for a complete recovery, we will replace your Bear with a new one for free.

Time waster alert. Elizabeth sent us the link to this entirely non-scientific but still pretty fun color quiz from ChinaPaint.com (couldn’t tell you exactly what ChinaPaint is because the whole site is in Chinese). The “Colour & I” quiz asks you to virtually paint six objects in your favorite (or “most suitable”) color and then it assesses your personality based on your choices.

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As usual, the results seem pretty baseless but are entertaining nonetheless. Yep, I just broke out “nonetheless.” Here are Sherry’s results:

How to love your teddy bear

Although we shouldn’t be surprised by Sherry choice of black for the shirt, I was caught off guard by how grayscale her selections seemed. And perhaps she should’ve stayed away from color entirely because it’s not ’til she creatively made her teddy bear green that she got insulted. Ouch, quiz. That’s low. And it also seems a bit inconsistent since her blue cell phone choice indicated the exact opposite personality trait. We also got a kick out of the first description sounding like something Bruno from dancing With The Stars would say (“Brandi you moved in for the attack!”) and thought the fact that the black car’s connection to expensive possessions was hysterical (my wife likes to brag about how cheap things are- and in fact gets embarrassed whenever she pays a decent amount for something).

Okay, onto my noticeably more color-filled results:

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I’d say my yellow house, blue shirt, and brown teddy bear are pretty spot on for me. And unlike Sherry, I got burned when I went colorless on my car and was told that some people may find my possessions “a little out of fashion.” This quiz can be quite backhanded, eh?

Well if you want to risk some soft insults and see what it has to say about you, here’s that quiz link again. We’d love to know if you find yourself getting built up just to be torn down. There have to be a few more zingers.

Psst- We announced this week’s giveaway winners. Click here to see if you’re one of them!

Psssssstttt- Why stop at just one quiz? Here are lots more.

How to love your teddy bear

How to love your teddy bear

How to love your teddy bear

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This teddy bear pattern got its name when my son walked into the studio, grabbed the unstuffed bear off my desk, squeezed it tight, and said, “The Love Bear.” He patiently waited until they were finished to pick his favorite to have as his own.

How to love your teddy bear

How to Make The Love Bear Using the Free Teddy Bear Pattern

With just two main pieces to assemble, this easy (and free) sewing pattern is a great place to start making plush toys. I’ll walk you through each step from cutting to assembling this teddy bear pattern. In the end, you’ll have a cute little plush bear for yourself or someone else.

How to love your teddy bear

Teddy Bear Pattern

Download includes printable PDF and SVG cut files for use with Cricut Maker (or other cutting machine software).

Materials and Tools Needed for the Teddy Bear Pattern

  • free teddy bear pattern (download above)
  • approximately 11″ X 17″ fleece fabric (body)
  • 3″ X 3″ fleece, felt, leather, or other fabric (heart)
  • fleece, felt, or leather fabric (nose)
  • embroidery thread (eyes, mouth)
  • coordinating thread
  • Poly-fil
  • basic sewing tools and supplies

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How to Cut the Teddy Bear Pattern

You can print the teddy bear pattern by hand or use a Cricut Maker machine (or similar).

How to love your teddy bear

Cutting by hand:

Print the PDF pattern at 100% and cut out the body, heart, and nose pattern pieces.

You have two options for cutting the fabric pattern pieces by hand. Both methods work great for use with this free teddy bear pattern. You can place (or pin) the paper pattern pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric and trace around the pieces with a fabric marking pen or regular pen. Or pin the paper pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut around the paper.

Cutting on a Cricut Maker:

Upload the teddy bear pattern SVG file into Cricut Design Space and place it onto the canvas. Click the “Make It” button to get it ready for cutting.

Prepare your Cricut FabricGrip Mat with your fabric pieces. For the teddy bear body pieces, you’ll need two pieces of fleece fabric approximately 8.5″ X 11″ for each body piece. Once your mats are prepped, select your materials, load the correct blade, and send it to the Cricut Maker to cut.

Puggy: Free Plush Pug Toy Pattern

Both kids and sewists will enjoy the simplicity of this free plush pug toy. It’s a quick make for any level of sewer.

How to love your teddy bear

How to love your teddy bear

How to Sew a Teddy Bear

We’ll start by adding on the heart and face onto the front body piece.

How to love your teddy bear

First, to place the heart centered onto the teddy bear belly, fold the front body piece in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Place a few pins along that fold.

How to love your teddy bear

Unfold the body piece, and you will have a line of pins down the very center of the body piece. Measure up from the crotch of the bear 2″ and place the bottom of the heart there.

How to love your teddy bear

Pin the heart in place. Sew around the perimeter of the heart with a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance and backstitch to secure the threads. **If you’re using leather for the heart, I recommend adding some glue to the back of the heart to temporarily hold while sewing. Do not backstitch. Pull the top threads to the back and knot.

Next, add the nose. I like to add a little glue to the back of the nose piece to help hold in place while sewing. With such a small piece, gluing is a better temporary hold than pins.

How to love your teddy bear

Place the nose piece 2 1/8″ down from the top of the head and center horizontally. Sew the nose piece in place. If using a leather nose, pull the top threads to the back and knot. Otherwise, backstitch to secure the threads.

Now we’ll add the eyes and mouth. I’ve included a placement guide on the pattern piece to help with the location of the face elements. Place the paper pattern on top of the front body piece and clip or pin to hold. On the eyes and mouth lines, use a pin to poke several holes along the lines to create a dotted line.

How to love your teddy bear

You can then connect those dots to create openings in the paper pattern. Now you can use a fabric marking pen (or standard pen) and trace through the paper slits onto the fabric. Remove the paper pattern and check that you can see the eyes and mouth lines on the fabric.

How to love your teddy bear

Add the eyes and mouth using some basic embroidery stitches. I like to use a stem stitch for the eyes (See How to Stem Stitch), and a split stitch for the mouth (See How to Split Stitch).

Valentine Heart Plush

Make a small plush heart with arms and legs using my free plush sewing pattern and tutorial. It makes a great gift for the little Valentines.

In honor of National Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day, I decided to find out more about why we adults love our childhood teddy bears so much! I know I love my “Ron Bear” and he has been with me for over forty years!

How to love your teddy bear

So why might grown-ups harbor affection for a ratty old blanket or well-worn teddy bear? Part of the reason is probably nostalgia, but there seems to be a deep emotional attachment to the objects as well.

It’s called “essentialism,” or the idea that objects are more than just their physical properties.

Consider: If someone offered to replace a cherished item, like your wedding ring, with an exact, indistinguishable replica, would you accept? Most people refuse, because they believe there is something special about their particularring. Objects are emotional. They can cause us to have an emotional reaction.

How to love your teddy bear

Belief in essentialism starts early. In a 2007 study published in the journal Cognition, researchers told 3- to 6-year-old children that they could put their toys in a “copy box” that would exchange them for duplicates. The kids didn’t care whether they played with originals or duplicates of most toys, but when offered the chance to duplicate their most cherished item, 25 percent refused. Most of those who did agree to duplicate their beloved toy wanted the original back right away, Hood reported. The kids had an emotional connection to that blanket, or that teddy bear, not one that looked just like it.

Humans rely on each other and we’ve developed a fundamental emotional need to belong. We find comfort in mere companionship and often seek it when isolated. Loneliness leads us personification, to attribute human qualities to non-human objects or animals. Do you remember Wilson the volleyball from the movie “Castaway” with Tom Hanks?

How to love your teddy bear

Does such personification satisfy our need for connection, the way real human contact does? Does it make us happier? Well, anyone with a dog or cat will tell you yes, and research shows that being around pets can reduce stress. But can something even less human, such as a teddy bear, do the trick? Recent research suggests that given that isolation increases stress and cortisol production, and that petting dogs reduces blood pressure, the researchers suggest that cuddling your teddy bear might make you not just happier and nicer but healthier too.

How to love your teddy bear

So, go ahead and cuddle up with your favorite teddy bear. Give him a good squeeze before nodding off. You might just feel better for it.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go to bed,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, rest your head,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say “good night”.

Or another version:

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, climb the stairs,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, give big stares,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say “good night”.
Yet another version:
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, I love you.
(Give child a hug)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go up stairs,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night.
(Lay head on hands)

Bear Game version:
Teddy bear, teddy bear, where have you been?
I’ve been to play with another bear friend.
Where did you go and what did you do?
We played a bear game two by two.
Take one step forward, take two steps back,
Turn all around, jump front, jump back.
This little bear game is not hard to do,
Just grab a friend and do it, too!

How to love your teddy bear

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Do you have the giant stuffed animal toys for your kid and finding it hard to clean? You are not alone. Many parents and guardians out there find it hard to wash the toy. The giant stuffed animals are a lot of fun. In any case, the bigger they are, the harder they are to keep clean and cared for. Giant stuffed animals need special considerations. They’re big also, no joke planned, dust magnets. So how to clean giant stuffed animals without ruining them? It is generally simple but requires some stamina. The process is straightforward, but it can be a challenge to some.

How to love your teddy bear

can you wash stuffed animals using the cleaning machine?

Don’t even think about that. Since these are animals filled with the big stuff, the washing machine is out of order. Unless you know that, there is a giant washing machine somewhere. You would have to stay with the other family medications.

Follow these simple steps on how to clean giant stuffed animals and save yourself from drama.

  1. Remove all accessories, If any examine the toy before you start. Look for cracks, creases, or other damage that you need to consider in advance. At this point, it is the ideal opportunity for cleaning.
  2. Sniff the toy if it smells terrible. Prepare a large plastic bag. Put the giant stuffed animal into the large plastic bag. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the large plastic bag. Cover the plastic bag for about 1-2 hours or until it absorbs any unpleasant odors. Baking Soda will absorb any foul odor from the giant stuffed animals.
  3. Then vacuum the toy. Next, start with a cleaner vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the toy from all sides using the hose connection with a small brush to achieve the best strokes.
  4. Wash now, prepare some detergent, and apply this technique. Another alternative is to mix some vinegar in lukewarm water and rub the skin with a damp material.
  5. You could also fill the bathtub, mix some water and detergent, and soak up the toys. Remember, it will be too hard to spatter a mammoth-filled creature. It will take a long time for it to dry completely. An excellent way would be spot-washing. Mix detergent and water and use a fine to medium brush to clean the toy. By cleaning, replace the area with a damp cloth until all cleaners have rinsed off. You may need to warm up the treatment a couple of times, especially if the toy is messy.
  6. Dry at this point, let the creature filled with Goliath dry at room temperature. With a dry towel and an extra hairbrush, you can bring the coat back to its unique, delicate quality. Their cuddly monster toys are currently prepared and ready for new ventures.
  7. Store after it has dried, transfer it to a suitable location where there are no other huge items.

What not to do when cleaning large stuffed animals

You shouldn’t wash it in warm water

Most big stuffed animals have gorgeous and soft fur. You shouldn’t wash it in warm water. You should also avoid drying them with hairdryers or leaving them at a very high temperature. Too much sun exposure can cause discoloration. If they do not dry out, it will begin to smell bad or even develop mold. You should dry them as soon as possible.

not cleaning their giant stuffed animals properly

One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is to not wash their giant stuffed animals properly. If you don’t, then there is a big chance that your child will catch some kind of sickness from the dirt or dust that gets stuck in their stuffing.

not using any kind of cleaner specifically designed for cleaning large stuffed animals

The first mistake that most people make is to not use any kind of cleaner specifically designed for cleaning large stuffed animals. This is the simplest thing that could happen and the only way that you will get the stains out is if the stuffed animal gets wet. So make sure that you read the label on the container of the cleaner.

leave your giant stuffed animal wet in a place for a long period of time

The next thing that you should not do is to just leave your giant stuffed animal wet in a place for a long period of time. If you want to make sure that you get all the dirt and dust out, then you should put them into a large plastic bag with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Also, be careful about washing them with a shampoo that is specially designed for cleaning large stuffed animals. If you have kids at home, then you should try to make sure that you find a solution that doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.

it doesn’t hurt to brush the stuffing once in a while

You need to remember is that it doesn’t hurt to brush the stuffing once in a while. This will help you get rid of any loose dirt and you will be able to prolong the life of your stuffed animal. It might also be a good idea to get a small vacuum cleaner and clean the bottom as well.

it doesn’t hurt to wipe your a large stuffed animal down from time to time

Another important thing that you should know is that it doesn’t hurt to wipe your a large stuffed animal down from time to time. This will prevent you from having to rewash your favorite toy. When surface cleaning stuffed animals, you should make sure that you don’t wash it too often. What you should do is simply rub your fingers around the stuffed animal’s body gently. This will remove any dirt or dust that is stuck on your fingers.

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Keeping these tips in mind will allow you to enjoy your stuffed animals for many years to come

When you want to take care of your large stuffed animals, it is important that you pay attention to some of the things that you hear above. It is also important that you know what not to do when cleaning large stuffed animals. Keep in mind that there are some steps that you can take to help prevent any damage from happening to them. Keeping these tips on how to clean giant stuffed animals in mind will allow you to enjoy your stuffed animals for many years to come.

How to love your teddy bear

Last Note on how to clean giant stuffed animals,

If ever you have found it hard to clean your stuffed animal toy. Follow the above simple steps how clean giant stuffed animals to ensure your friend is ever clean.

Introduction: How to Make a Teddy Bear Out of Shirts

How to love your teddy bear

mmmm, what better way to stay warm than snuggling up against a teddy bear! Making teddy bears can be as simple as you please or as challenging as you dare, as long as you have fun. This perfect i’able will be perfect for gifts, or just if you are clearing out the wardrobe. Most of all, have loads of good ol’ fun!

Step 1: Stuff You Will Need

The materials you will need are-
As as many old shirts, trousers, ties, socks or gloves that you will need,
A needle
Thread
Beads(optional)
Paper or stiff card
If you want to have it posable, thin strong wire.

Step 2: Templates

Cut templates out of card. This means that if u make a mistake because you cut it wrong, dont come crying to me! A simple teddy bear template would be a round tummy, arm, leg and head. You only need one of each template, and also add the other limbs you may need such as wings or an extended neck. for a very simple teddy, the one below is perfect, like for kids(Or adults who cant sew!)

Step 3: Start Cutting!

Cut along one seam on one side of the material, so it opens fully out, similar to a jacket. Then, taking a marker pen, draw as many pieces of material as you need. For a reptilian like animal, or a horse of giraffe type animal, three pieces of material will be needed. For a teddy, only two. Like this pic below.

Step 4: Sewing

If you are making a posable animal, you must ever-so-carefully fold the top of an arm, leg, wing or neck and sew it up. Use tacking needles if you need to hold your teddy in place whilst sewing. A simple ‘tacking stich’ which is going in one way, then a short way off going back out again. Then push the wire throungh and thats it. Then swe the other piece of material on. Do this for all peices of material and sew them to the body BUT LEAVE ABOUT 5CM OFF FOR STUFFING. push the needle through the material for later use.

Step 5: Stuffing

The good thing about tee-shirt teddy bears is that you only need the shirt. Cut pieces of the leftover material and stuff it inside. Then sew the remaning pieces up. Using your finger and thumb, GENTLY push the material into the limbs. The beauty of tee shirt teddys is that a beginner can make something beautiful. Snuggle up warm with your new matey.

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10 Comments

How to love your teddy bear

This is awesome! It was a really fun and easy project. 🙂

How to love your teddy bear

Cool! 🙂 (though you’d have to make a teddy out of a few yards fabric if you wanted it to be as big as in the picture. )

How to love your teddy bear

Uhh SageMinto it’s making a teddy from a Tshirt not the other way around lol

How to love your teddy bear

I must say, I love the teddy bear. The picture may be misleading, but I love GD so it’s all good lol.

How to love your teddy bear

CHange you thumbnail its missleading

How to love your teddy bear

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

I made this forever ago, I might be attempting to delete it anyway

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

well you dont have to delete it. If you dont please change the thumbnail.

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Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

I agree. I thought this was going to be more like the bear in the picture, but when I read the instructions it was completely different. Your final picture should be your thumbnail.

How to love your teddy bear

I’ve never thought of making a t-shirt out of a teddy bear before. Very creative 🙂

How to love your teddy bear

haha omg i want to make a teddy bear now..thank you so much.

How to love your teddy bear

Does your child love teddy bears? If so, chances are you’ve thrown a lot of bear birthday parties and heard the song “Teddy Bear Picnic” more often than the artists who actually recorded it. When your kid has a passion, it helps to steer into the skid — run with it and enjoy where it takes you.

So if your kid does love teddy bears, before you throw your 300th birthday party for a stuffed animal and his friends, here are 101 more fabulous ways for parents and nannies to make it fun and educational with activities for you and your child:

  1. Start your day with teddy-bear toast.
  2. Practice table manners using a bear as an example.
  3. Dress up your bear for a photo shoot.
  4. Make a cardboard bear den.
  5. Play bear hospital.
  6. Hide bears around the house and go on a bear hunt.
  7. Visit Build-a-Bear to make a new stuffed friend.
  8. Practice math concepts by counting and sorting bears.
  9. Sort gummy bears by color, then enjoy them.
  10. Learn how to draw a teddy bear together.
  11. Practice your bear roar.
  12. Watch the “Little Bear” cartoon.
  13. Read along with an audiobook recording of “Winnie the Pooh.”
  14. Learn about the letter “B” for bear.
  15. Make a bear paper bag puppet.
  16. Give each member of the family a bear that matches his or her personality.
  17. Put bears in order from biggest to smallest.
  18. Act out the song “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”
  19. Make teddy-bear masks.
  20. Turn nap time into hibernating time.
  21. Paint a picture of your favorite bear and frame it.
  22. Make a play-dough teddy bear.
  23. Hold a teddy-bear relay race.
  24. Print out teddy-bear coloring pages.
  25. Make a bear-cave pillow fort.
  26. Visit the library and research bears.
  27. Make an obstacle course your child can do with his bear.
  28. Make paper-bag bear claws.
  29. Watch bear-themed movies.
  30. Make bear-hunt binoculars with cardboard tubes and tape.
  31. Have a teddy-bear tea party outside.
  32. Make bear pizzas.
  33. Play on a trampoline with the bears.
  34. Make a teddy bear out of an old glove.
  35. Eat Teddy Grahams.
  36. Create a bear print path for kids to follow to find a “beary” special treasure.
  37. Make mini teddies using pom-poms, white glue and googly eyes.
  38. Chant and act out “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around.”
  39. Take videos of your child playing with his favorite bear.
  40. Make up stories about your favorite bear.
  41. Learn letters with the Feed the Bear activity with a paper-bag bear.
  42. Perform mad-science gummy-bear experiments.
  43. Make Jell-O gummy teddy bears.
  44. Create a mini indoor playground for your bears.
  45. Play school with your bears.
  46. Pack a little bag and take your bear on an imaginary trip.
  47. Take your teddy bear for a walk in a stroller.
  48. Decorate a cardboard box, add a pull string and tote your bear in a homemade wagon.
  49. Cut out pictures from kids’ catalogs and parenting magazines and make a bear-themed collage.
  50. Visit Common Sense Media’s list of bear movies for kids.
  51. Check out Amazon.com’s list of best-selling bear books for kids.
  52. Take your teddy bear to the zoo to meet his relatives.
  53. Visit a local chocolate shop and craft a chocolate bear.
  54. Make bear-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
  55. Make a teddy-bear paper-doll chain.
  56. Craft teddy-bear sock puppets from old baby socks.
  57. Bake bear-shaped sugar cookies.
  58. Make teddy-bear cupcakes.
  59. Set a place at the table for teddy (bears always eat their fruits and veggies!).
  60. Read “Where’s My Teddy?” by Jez Alborough.
  61. Act out the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story.
  62. Make a teddy-bear finger puppet family out of a mismatched glove. Great to keep in your purse for an anytime boredom-buster activity.
  63. Have your child practice reading out loud to her teddy bear.
  64. Write and illustrate a picture book about adventures with your child’s teddy bear.
  65. Create a world for your child’s bears out of recycled boxes.
  66. Make a bear-ear headband to wear around the house.
  67. Take photos of your child with his bear when you travel. Put the pictures in a special photo album.
  68. Write an acrostic poem with your child using the letters in “teddy bear.”
  69. Visit the circus to see real live bears.
  70. Watch live bear-cam footage from a national park.
  71. Introduce your children to “Yogi Bear” cartoons and practice your Yogi impression.
  72. Invite friends over with their bears for a teddy-bear party with bear-themed snacks and crafts.
  73. Add counting bears to a sensory box filled with sand or water.
  74. Have a winter hibernation pajama party.
  75. Wear teddy-bear pajamas to match your favorite bear.
  76. Use a tape measure or ruler to measure and compare teddy bears.
  77. Compose a song together about your child’s bear and record a music video.
  78. Cut out a cardboard bear shape, punch holes and practice lacing using a long shoelace.
  79. Dress your bear in old baby clothes.
  80. Have a bear and child fashion show with a runway, music and emcee.
  81. Bake bear biscuits using one biscuit for the head and cut the other for the ears and nose. Use raisins for the eyes and nose.
  82. Play hibernation freeze dance. Dance until the music stops, then lie down and hibernate. Jump up and dance again when the music comes back on.
  83. Play online games about teddy bears.
  84. Practice reading, writing or spelling by labeling a picture of a teddy bear: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc.
  85. Recite the “Round and round the garden” rhyme.
  86. Print a photo of your child’s favorite bear or print an illustration and turn it into a puzzle.
  87. Write down a phrase like: “My Favorite Teddy Bear” and see how many words of three or more letters you can make using the letters from that phrase.
  88. Print and color a teddy-bear mask.
  89. Learn more about the lovable character Baby Bear on “Sesame Street.”
  90. Make a teddy-bear costume for Halloween.
  91. Play pin-the-nose-on-the-teddy-bear.
  92. Read “Corduroy” and make a button necklace.
  93. Make a teddy-bear growth chart to measure your child year after year.
  94. Organize a honey-pot hunt, hiding pretend honey pots for kids to find.
  95. Create a matching memory game with pictures of your child’s favorite bears.
  96. Download teddy bear-themed apps.
  97. Make teddy-bear cake pops.
  98. Create a teddy bear-themed playlist to listen to in the car.
  99. Dress up like Winnie the Pooh together.
  100. Practice language-arts skills by having your child draw a picture of a favorite bear, then write down adjectives that describe him.
  101. Tell your child stories about a teddy bear or special stuffed friend you had when you were a child.

Your little one’s teddy-bear love may transition to a passion for superheroes, basketball, video games or science exploration as she grows. If you’re looking for new toys to introduce, try Great Toys for 3-Year-Olds.

Tell us about the cutest thing your kid ever did with a teddy bear in the comments below.

Cara Stevens is a freelance writer living in Connecticut with her husband and two children. She has authored several books for children and writes frequently about parenting, hair care, DIY crafts, food and healthy living.