Fun from the Party Box: Teddy Bear Picnic

I don't know about you, but every time I throw a birthday party for one of my kids, I end up with left overs.  Left over hats, napkins, banners, treats, goodie-bag items, etc.  So what do I do with them all?

I put the extras in my "Party" Box!

A "Party" Box is a great way to store all those left over items and save money on next year's party or rainy day fun! You may recall a blog idea I shared a while back called the Rainy Day Box of Tricks.  In that blog I shared a few ideas for items to have in a box that can be used to play indoors on rainy days.  My "Party" Box is another great resource to have for those kind of days.  You can create fun without any expense and sometimes kids can do most of the work without YOU.

Here's a fun idea from the Party Box:  Have a Teddy Bear Picnic!

Each child will need their favorite teddy bear.  This activity works best if the bears are not small like beanie babies.

First:  Pick a theme.  
Go through the items in your party box and choose a theme.  The theme for this party is: Jungle Safari.

Second:  Gather all the items from the party box that fit your theme.

Third:  Teddy Bear Dress-Up
Make hats, masks, or outfits for your bear.  These can be made from construction paper, cardboard, craft foam, fishing line, elastic, yard, string, paint, crayons, or whatever you have handy in your rainy day box of tricks.

For our Jungle Safari themed party, we made jungle animal masks for our bears out of craft foam and elastic that I had left over from another project in my box.  Each child chose an animal they wanted to make and then went to work creating their mask.  The smaller children needed help, but punches and stickers made it easier for them to participate.  Then I helped them tie the elastic band on the mask and put it on their bear.  This one is a giraffe.

We also made necklaces for our bears out of foam craft beads that I had left over from a birthday party a few years ago.  We used fishing line to string them, because the holes were too small for regular string or yarn.  Even the smaller children made quick work of this.

Fourth:  Activity Time.  We decorated cookies, made necklaces, and stamp pictures to take home.  The Children also got to keep their Teddy Bear Mask, Jungle Safari Party Hat, a Goodie Bag full of leftover treats and prizes, and of course their bear.  You can also have a picnic.  Make little finger sandwiches and let the kids sit on a blanket in the backyard, or in the floor inside.

We had lots of fun at our picnic!  I hope you get the chance to try this one out.

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