Teddy Bears Picnic day has just passed on July 10th and to celebrate we were given the chance to choose a lovely new stuffed animal to hold a little picnic of our own. The boys love picnics, even a simple picnic in our back garden always makes a meal time more fun and is such an easy way to inject a bit of extra fun into our daily routine.
We chose this cute Hamley’s Ping Ping the Panda from House of Fraser. He is so soft! I love him and the boys do too as you can see here Mr T is giving him a big cuddle.
I recently wrote about Mr R’s learning through play with a teddy bear’s picnic using wooden fruit and many of the same things apply with real food. The boys helped me to chop the fruit before the picnic, and we talked about the different foods and pretended to share with Ping Ping and some of our other teddies.
I just prepared a simple selection of food for the children’s teddy bears picnic with sandwiches, different chopped fruits, cheese, crisps and jam tarts along with juice for them to drink. Our jam tarts were shop bought this time but if you want to make your own for your picnic you can try our easy jam tart recipe and take a look at some we made recently. They are a classic choice for picnics! I remember having these things in picnics as a child, so although jam tarts are a little “retro” nowadays I like to pass on those same traditions to my kids because I know we are making some more fun memories.
A simple activity like a teddy bears picnic can be great over the long summer holidays. You don’t really need to spend a lot of money or do something elaborate all the time, just taking the lunch outside and adding a fun element like some teddies can sometimes be enough to brighten the mood if the children are tired, bored or getting restless at home.
Depending how long you have and how you want to extend the activity, you could bake in the morning and then carry out the teddy bear’s picnic for lunch or just whip up the children’s usual kind of lunch with a few extras thrown in if you have something available.
The other panda there is Mr R’s old panda (called Pand) which he loved when he was a baby. Pand has now been assigned to the role of being Ping Ping’s baby, and came along to join in the teddy bear’s picnic.
I’m sure we will have many more teddy bears picnic with Ping Ping our new panda friend in future, whether at home, in school (our local school does teddy bear picnics for the new reception children each year, you can read how Mr T got on with his here), or having a picnic on the beach.
We have a traditional picnic table and bench set up in our garden which I bought about two years ago, and I must say that it’s a great addition to the garden and gets loads of use not only for picnics but also for painting, outdoors messy play and all sorts of fun things.
We were sent Ping Ping the panda and some supermarket vouchers to enable us to have a teddy bear’s picnic and share it on the blog.