Party Tips
Party Tips

As the children arrive, give them stick-on labels to decorate & write their names on (if you know their names they're easier to manage!). Allow around ten minutes for this. Hopefully all of the children will have arrived by then, so you will be able to start the party.

When you are ready to start making the bears, settle the children in a circle on the floor or around a table & create a calm atmosphere. Encourage silence so that you can talk them through the process. Children react better when the organiser speaks quietly as they want to hear what you are saying. Distribute skins & stuffing.

When they're ready to insert the star, make this step as magical as possible! Let the birthday girl or boy distribute a star to each of their guests. Create a hushed environment whilst the children rub the star & make a wish before they place it inside the bear.

Have plenty of pencils & felt tips available to fill in the birth certificate. It's always a good idea to fill the details in pencil first to avoid mistakes. The children can then go over it with felt pens. Encourage & inspire each child to choose a unique name for their bear before sharing that name with their friends.

These activities should take around an hour & a half. Allow thirty minutes for the birthday tea. A teddy bear’s picnic always goes down well, especially when the children can take their bears in with them for tea.

As the children arrive, give them stick-on labels to decorate & write their names on (if you know their names they're easier to manage!). Allow around ten minutes for this. Hopefully all of the children will have arrived by then, so you will be able to start the party.

When you are ready to start making the bears, settle the children in a circle on the floor or around a table & create a calm atmosphere. Encourage silence so that you can talk them through the process. Children react better when the organiser speaks quietly as they want to hear what you are saying. Distribute skins & stuffing.

When they're ready to insert the star, make this step as magical as possible! Let the birthday girl or boy distribute a star to each of their guests. Create a hushed environment whilst the children rub the star & make a wish before they place it inside the bear.

Have plenty of pencils & felt tips available to fill in the birth certificate. It's always a good idea to fill the details in pencil first to avoid mistakes. The children can then go over it with felt pens. Encourage & inspire each child to choose a unique name for their bear before sharing that name with their friends.

These activities should take around an hour & a half. Allow thirty minutes for the birthday tea. A teddy bear’s picnic always goes down well, especially when the children can take their bears in with them for tea.

Party Games
Party Games

It’s always a good idea to let the children burn off some energy with some party games. Try a teddy bear treasure hunt! Organise a trail with coloured twists of crepe paper hidden in the garden or hall in which the party is being held. Place a bear at the end of the trail with a present or a message relating to the next party game, or hide the teddy for the children to find. Older children will also enjoy a treasure hunt; just come up with some cryptic clues & leave markers en route.

Here are some other games we love.

Chinese Whispers

Sit everyone in a circle. Whisper a long phrase to one person. They, in turn, whisper what they heard to the next person, and so on. The last person announces what they heard.

Pass The Parcel

Sit everyone in a circle & play a short snippet of music. Pass round a teddy. When the music stops, the person holding ted is given the parcel & removes a layer. Add a forfeit or a sweet in every layer if you wish. NB. Children tend to get bored if there are too many in the circle, so allow for either two circles or two parcels going around the circle in different directions.

The Chocolate Or Jelly Game

Sit everyone in a circle & place a tray in the middle with a hat, scarf, gloves, knife & fork, dice & a wrapped bar of chocolate. In turn, players throw the dice. If they throw a six, they must put on the hat, scarf & gloves before they start to unwrap the chocolate with the knife & fork, before starting to eat it. To speed up the game add a second dice & require a double six. The jelly variation is to turn out a set jelly onto a plate & eat it with the knife and fork. Equally tasty & equally messy!

Memory Game

On a tray, place about ten to fifteen small items (e.g. pencil, watch, comb, shoe lace, spoon, toy car etc.) & cover with a cloth. Sit everyone in a circle. Place the tray in the middle of the circle & remove the cloth for sixty seconds. Everyone has to remember the objects. When the time is up, replace the cloth. In turn, each person has to name an object on the tray. The first person to fail to name an object, repeat an object or name something not on the tray is out. The tray is then removed and some or all of the objects replaced, & the game re-started with the person following the one who is out. If the game is too easy for the group, add more objects or reduce the time.

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

Place shapes of teddy bears cut out of paper on the floor in a circle. Children walk around the circle whilst listening to music. If the music is loud, the children move fast. If the music is quiet, the children move slowly. If the music stops, the children stop on the closest shape. Young children like to play it this way. To make it more challenging for older children have one less shape than the number of children. Continue to remove shapes as the children are 'out'.

Or try this:-

On the command (from the list below) the children have to do the appropriate actions. After a while, start removing the last player to comply, until one remains.

  • Honey (run to one side of the area)
  • Winnie The Pooh (run to the other side)
  • Paddington Bear (stand to attention & salute)
  • Marmalade (lie on the floor)
  • Rupert Bear (run on the spot)
  • Grizzly (sit cross legged on the floor - ready for lunch)
  • Baloo The Bear (climb a tree, stand on a chair - anything so that you are not on the floor)
  • Mummies - Split the party goers into teams & give each team a toilet roll. One of the children is then wrapped in the toilet roll so that they look like an Egyptian Mummy! The winning team is the one who in a set time (say two minutes) have the neatest and most covered Mummy.

Animals

Everyone stands in a circle (except one who is standing in the middle) & has been told to remember a different animal name. The person in the middle calls out two names. The animals have to change places quickly, before the person in the middle can get to one of the empty spaces. Whoever is left without a place is the person in the middle for the next game.

Pass The Orange

Split your guests into two teams & ask them to stand in a line, one behind the other. Give each team an orange which the first person should tuck under his or her chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line & start again. The winning team is the first to have their starting person at the front again.

Bears Beware

All the children (except one – The Grizzly Bear) sit cross legged on the floor in a circle. The Grizzly sits cross-legged in the middle of the circle, blind-folded, with a large bunch of keys on the floor in front of him or her. A child is nominated to creep up & take the keys & then return to their place, without the Grizzly hearing them. The Grizzly has three goes to point to where he or she thinks the raider is. If successful, the raider becomes the Grizzly.

Balloon Pop

Place notes inside un-inflated balloons; one or two of the notes should indicate that this balloon is a winner. Inflate the balloons and hang them around. Let each child pick a balloon then pop it to see if their note is a winner.

Balloon Relay

Divide the children into two or more equal teams & stand them in a line. Give each team ten balloons in a basket. The first in each line takes a balloon, runs to the other side of the room & sits or stomps on the balloon to pop it. After popping the balloon, they run back to the line & tag the next person who does the same thing. The game goes on until one team has popped all of their balloons. The winning team gets a small prize (like a ribbon) while EVERYONE gets a small toy.

Bear Walk

Have numbers on the ground for as many children (e.g. 1-10). Walk on the numbers until the music stops. Have numbers on some small toys. If a child is standing on the number of the toy, they win the toy.

Can You Guess?

Put several small items into a brown paper bag. Blindfold one person & hand them one of the items in the bag. Give them a few seconds to guess what the item is. If they are unsuccessful they are out. The last one wins.

Growler

Everyone sits in a circle except one who is given a pillow & blindfold. They then go & place the pillow on a persons lap, sit on it and growl like a bear. The person can growl only three times. If the blindfolded person guesses the name of the person, they should now be given the blindfold & the game run over again - after everyone has changed their places.

It’s always a good idea to let the children burn off some energy with some party games. Try a teddy bear treasure hunt! Organise a trail with coloured twists of crepe paper hidden in the garden or hall in which the party is being held. Place a bear at the end of the trail with a present or a message relating to the next party game, or hide the teddy for the children to find. Older children will also enjoy a treasure hunt; just come up with some cryptic clues & leave markers en route.

Here are some other games we love.

Chinese Whispers

Sit everyone in a circle. Whisper a long phrase to one person. They, in turn, whisper what they heard to the next person, and so on. The last person announces what they heard.

Pass The Parcel

Sit everyone in a circle & play a short snippet of music. Pass round a teddy. When the music stops, the person holding ted is given the parcel & removes a layer. Add a forfeit or a sweet in every layer if you wish. NB. Children tend to get bored if there are too many in the circle, so allow for either two circles or two parcels going around the circle in different directions.

The Chocolate Or Jelly Game

Sit everyone in a circle & place a tray in the middle with a hat, scarf, gloves, knife & fork, dice & a wrapped bar of chocolate. In turn, players throw the dice. If they throw a six, they must put on the hat, scarf & gloves before they start to unwrap the chocolate with the knife & fork, before starting to eat it. To speed up the game add a second dice & require a double six. The jelly variation is to turn out a set jelly onto a plate & eat it with the knife and fork. Equally tasty & equally messy!

Memory Game

On a tray, place about ten to fifteen small items (e.g. pencil, watch, comb, shoe lace, spoon, toy car etc.) & cover with a cloth. Sit everyone in a circle. Place the tray in the middle of the circle & remove the cloth for sixty seconds. Everyone has to remember the objects. When the time is up, replace the cloth. In turn, each person has to name an object on the tray. The first person to fail to name an object, repeat an object or name something not on the tray is out. The tray is then removed and some or all of the objects replaced, & the game re-started with the person following the one who is out. If the game is too easy for the group, add more objects or reduce the time.

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

Place shapes of teddy bears cut out of paper on the floor in a circle. Children walk around the circle whilst listening to music. If the music is loud, the children move fast. If the music is quiet, the children move slowly. If the music stops, the children stop on the closest shape. Young children like to play it this way. To make it more challenging for older children have one less shape than the number of children. Continue to remove shapes as the children are 'out'.

Or try this:-

On the command (from the list below) the children have to do the appropriate actions. After a while, start removing the last player to comply, until one remains.

  • Honey (run to one side of the area)
  • Winnie The Pooh (run to the other side)
  • Paddington Bear (stand to attention & salute)
  • Marmalade (lie on the floor)
  • Rupert Bear (run on the spot)
  • Grizzly (sit cross legged on the floor - ready for lunch)
  • Baloo The Bear (climb a tree, stand on a chair - anything so that you are not on the floor)
  • Mummies - Split the party goers into teams & give each team a toilet roll. One of the children is then wrapped in the toilet roll so that they look like an Egyptian Mummy! The winning team is the one who in a set time (say two minutes) have the neatest and most covered Mummy.

Animals

Everyone stands in a circle (except one who is standing in the middle) & has been told to remember a different animal name. The person in the middle calls out two names. The animals have to change places quickly, before the person in the middle can get to one of the empty spaces. Whoever is left without a place is the person in the middle for the next game.

Pass The Orange

Split your guests into two teams & ask them to stand in a line, one behind the other. Give each team an orange which the first person should tuck under his or her chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line & start again. The winning team is the first to have their starting person at the front again.

Bears Beware

All the children (except one – The Grizzly Bear) sit cross legged on the floor in a circle. The Grizzly sits cross-legged in the middle of the circle, blind-folded, with a large bunch of keys on the floor in front of him or her. A child is nominated to creep up & take the keys & then return to their place, without the Grizzly hearing them. The Grizzly has three goes to point to where he or she thinks the raider is. If successful, the raider becomes the Grizzly.

Balloon Pop

Place notes inside un-inflated balloons; one or two of the notes should indicate that this balloon is a winner. Inflate the balloons and hang them around. Let each child pick a balloon then pop it to see if their note is a winner.

Balloon Relay

Divide the children into two or more equal teams & stand them in a line. Give each team ten balloons in a basket. The first in each line takes a balloon, runs to the other side of the room & sits or stomps on the balloon to pop it. After popping the balloon, they run back to the line & tag the next person who does the same thing. The game goes on until one team has popped all of their balloons. The winning team gets a small prize (like a ribbon) while EVERYONE gets a small toy.

Bear Walk

Have numbers on the ground for as many children (e.g. 1-10). Walk on the numbers until the music stops. Have numbers on some small toys. If a child is standing on the number of the toy, they win the toy.

Can You Guess?

Put several small items into a brown paper bag. Blindfold one person & hand them one of the items in the bag. Give them a few seconds to guess what the item is. If they are unsuccessful they are out. The last one wins.

Growler

Everyone sits in a circle except one who is given a pillow & blindfold. They then go & place the pillow on a persons lap, sit on it and growl like a bear. The person can growl only three times. If the blindfolded person guesses the name of the person, they should now be given the blindfold & the game run over again - after everyone has changed their places.