Thursday, August 28, 2008

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears

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And another Teddy Bear Picnic has come and gone. This was our eighth annual. Sometimes we have a big crowd - sometimes small. This year it was small. We had ten kids who were able to make it - and some of them had to leave early. The biggest crowd we ever had was 23.

Some highlights:
  • 120 water balloons brought and filled by one of the moms!
  • handmade beanbags. Pippi sewed them together last night on her sewing machine - today the kids added beans and sewed up the final seam.
  • Fun crafts with sticky foam and craft sticks.
  • Teddy Bear tag (kind of like freeze tag only getting your Teddy bear back unfreezes you.)

And then - in honor of the Olympics we had a Teddy Bear Olympics.
Events included (these were created on the fly as we did them):
  • The Teddy Bear Hoop Jump (throw the bear through the hula hoop - qualifying bears had to get through a moving hoop)
  • Teddy Bear Long Jump (which bear can go the farthest when thrown)
  • Teddy Bear synchronized diving/tossing. (by far the funniest competition - and we had an uneven number so Harry's bear did a lone synchronized dive)
  • Teddy Bear Slide (which bear goes the farthest after being pushed down the slide)
  • Teddy Bear gymnastics. Each bear had 30 seconds to do a floor routine on the blue blanket.
Everyone got lots of gold medals (symbolized by candy.) Prizes at the Teddy Bear Picnic are always candy - and everyone gets their fair share - but boy you'd think some of these kids had never seen Lifesavers and Smarties before.

And as the song says:
At six o'clock their Mommies and Daddies will take them home to bed
because they're tired little Teddy Bears.

(only in our case they left at 2:30)


PJ Hoover said...

I think the mom who filled the water balloons should get an olympic metal! I filled about ten last month and it did me (my fingers) in. Tying them is HARD!!!!!
Thanks again, BTW!

Christine M said...

Not only did she fill the water balloons - she handed me two packages of baked goods from the Supermarket and said "I didn't have time to bake" (she wasn't expected to bring anything!) and had a bag full of party favors that were left over from various parties! She's definitely a Gold Medal Mom!

Kelly said...

What fun! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

Alice Gunther said...

What a fun day! Beautiful photos!

kkolshorn said...

Looks and sounds like it was fun for all that were there.