This post brings you one of the oldest, simplest, most classic play ideas… a good old fashioned Teddy Bears’ Picnic! Indoors or outdoors, you don’t need anything fancy – just a picnic rug or blanket, a few favourite ‘friends, and whatever you have handy to prompt some imaginative picnic play… perhaps a little tea set, some afternoon tea (real or pretend), or like us on this occasion: a couple of cups!
Our little ‘giraffe’ loved lining up his toys, and was quite particular about how the mat should be prepared (hmm… maybe a little perfectionist in the making?!) – but really, apart form being entertained by his own ears and tail in the full length mirror in our room, he was most excited about serving his select guests water from the (imaginary) tap in his own (cardboard box) ‘kitchen’!
There was a lot of chatter throughout this gorgeous play sequence – different voices and animal noises, asking if they would like a drink, if they would like more (usually they did – must have been really thirsty!), or if they’d had enough. Each friend had to wait their turn, as the host of the picnic party moved around the circle… what a well mannered bunch!
I lost track of the number of trips made in and out of the ‘kitchen’, but one thing is for sure – this kiddo was loving his special role of taking care of the sweet gathering, and bursting with a happy, playful energy in the teddy bears’ picnic scene.
Some friends needed a little help while others were more independent, but I’m pretty sure the dogs were collectively the most thirsty! And the whole affair left very little mess, easily scooped up and put away and the end of it all. The verdict: a winning invitation to play!
“If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily gad about.
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mummies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears…”
(Songwriters: John Bratton and Jimmy Kennedy)
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