What a day we had for our yearly Teddy Bear Picnic! Lots of children and their teddies and other stuffed toys turned out to hear stories, play games, and make crafts.
Everyone started by meeting on the Children’s Porch and creating name tags for themselves and their bears. Once everyone was properly named, we moved outside to the picnic blankets in the courtyard. We played some games (Hide the Honey and “Teddy, Teddy, BEAR - a bear-y fun version of “Duck, Duck, GOOSE”) and we read the story of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
It was quite warm out Saturday afternoon, so we decided to parade down to the shady duck pond to visit our library ducks.
The children introduced their teddies to Peep and Squeak and fed the ducks a lunch of cracked corn.
Ready for their own lunch, the children and their teddies paraded back inside, through the library, to the craft table where Miss Pat and her crew of volunteers were ready to assist the children create custom bandanas and bags for their teddies.
While waiting for the bear accessories to dry, the children were invited out to the porch where a lovely picnic lunch had magically appeared! Because it was quite warm out, we set up the picnic blankets in the amphitheater where the children enjoyed their teddy-shapes sandwiches, Teddy Grahams, and juice boxes. We read some of my favorite stories, including “Owen” by Kevin Henkes and “Blankie” by Leslie Patricelli.
If you attended the teddy bear picnic, we hope you had a wonderful time. If you couldn’t make it this year, we hope to see you next year for this yearly spring event.