Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

Yesterday was apparently Teddy Bear Picnic Day…

…Yep I didn’t know that either, according to our local radio station it is a day to celebrate and to be honest I agree!

 

We’ve all had a Teddy Bear at some point in our lives, and some have a Teddy Bear that is still with the family, like mine is. He currently sits at the base of Olivers bed amongst the other bears and stuffed toys that Oliver has acquired over the years.

Teddy Bear History!

The Teddy Bear was apparently developed simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic in 1902 and 1903. In 1902 The Washington Post published a political cartoon of Theodore Roosevelt out Bear Hunting with friends when he was called to kill a bear that was injured due to a long run involving hounds. When he saw the bear he refused to kill it but did say that it should be put out of its misery.

TheodoreRooseveltTeddyBear
Political Cartoon from The Washington Post 1902

 

The cartoon featured a cute little bear that when Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and was inspired to create a teddy bear. He created a tiny soft bear cub and put it in the shop window with a sign “Teddy’s bear,” after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name.

However at almost the same time the world famous Steiff firm, completely unaware of what was taking place on the other side of the Atlantic, started producing the designs drawn up by Richard Steiff and these were put on display at the Leipzig Toy Fair in March 1903. Both bears were instant successes.

The name Teddy Bear is however actually accredited to being named after the President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt of the first story after Morris Michtom named his design after Roosevelt who was also known as Teddy.

Teddy Bears Picnic!

We all know the song Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

If you go down in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in 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 cares
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way 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 cares
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

Songwriters: JOHN W BRATTON, JIMMY KENNEDY

in our house I grew up with it playing as my mum loves music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

However when did this turn into a day to celebrate?

Unfortunately the creator of the day has remained anonymous and therefore the date that this became a day of celebration remains lost in time. What is known however is that the aim of the day is to get parents and schools to encourage creativity  within children by either taking them out for a picnic or by building a tent in their garden or front room and having a picnic there. Since both our boys are having Teddy Bear Picnics this week it looks like this relatively new tradition, certainly here in the UK, looks set to stay.

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