Running a bear making party doesn't have to be difficult, with a little preparation and by following some of the tips below, you will find your party runs smoothly and is fun for all who attend.
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.