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What is it about cuddly teddy bears that we find so appealing? After all, real bears are anything but adorable, huggable, fluffy animals! Everyone knows the charming story of former United States President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, who refused to shoot a bear on a hunting trip which resulted in a series of satirical cartoons appearing in the Washington post in 1902. Morris Michtom was then inspired to produce a cute cuddly little bear cub which he called ‘Teddy’s Bear’. Thus the teddy bear was born. Coincidentally, in Germany the Steiff firm had also begun producing stuffed bears with movable joints and the rest, as they say, is history.
This love affair we have with teddy bears does not stop when we leave our childhood behind us. The Brits, it seems are particularly fond of their bears and in one Travelodge survey, it was discovered that up to 35% of British adults still take their bears to bed with them. These were primarily women who kept and anthropomorphised their bears from childhood, treated them like friends, sharing problems with them and cuddling them during bad times. Interestingly, up to 25% of British businessmen admitted that they take their teddy bears with them on business trips.
Psychologist Christopher Peterson noticed a similar trend when taking an informal survey at one of his lectures:
I asked how many students brought stuffed animals with them to college. Some large number of the 250 students present raised their hands. Thinking I saw a pattern, I asked for shows of hands separately by females and males. Indeed, there was a striking pattern. About 80% of the females had brought a stuffed animal to college, whereas fewer than 10% of the males had done so – or at last admitted to it. But those few guys who raised their hands earned applause from their female classmates. I think they deserved hugs as well, but we don’t do that in classrooms at my university.
There are many psychological reasons for our love of teddy bears. Not only are they reminders of our innocent carefree childhoods and of the loved ones who purchased the bears for us, but the stroking of the soft fur has also been found to be very therapeutic. On cuddling teddy bears, psychologist Corrine Sweet says “it evokes a sense of peace, security and comfort. It’s human nature to crave these feelings from childhood to adult life” (Llorens, 2012). Studies have shown that touching a teddy bear can lessen the adverse psychological effects of social exclusion and reduce stress (Jarrett, 2011). As a result, teddy bears are often given to trauma victims, including sexually abused children. Clinical trials have established that considerable comfort is obtained from cuddling, naming and speaking to a teddy bear. Various police, fire and paramedic departments routinely issue teddy bears to its officers because they are useful tools in reaching scared, lost, and traumatized children.
Teddy Bears come in all sorts of materials but the most popular is mohair plush. This is fur from long haired goats which is first woven into cloth, then dyed and finally trimmed. Nowadays, bears can be purchased in a wide variety of department stores and over the internet. There are even bear artists who produce unique bears from unconventional materials and dress them in outfits – the market is huge! There are enough bears out there to satisfy even the most avid arctophile.
Steiff is, of course, the most famous producer of bears, ranging from a baby’s first bear in soft washable ‘plush’ to expensive collector items. Even royal families have adored their Steiff bears. In 1908, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia bought a red Steiff bear for his daughter, Princess Xenia Georgievna, which she called Alfonzo. In 1989 it was sold at Christie’s for the then record figure of $19,000.
The world’s most expensive bear sold at auction was Steiff’s Louis Vuitton Bear which fetched an eye watering price of $210,000 and is now housed at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea.
Historical occasions have also been marked by the production of commemorative bears. The most striking was the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and as a matter of respect for the lives lost, a black Steiff bear was commissioned.
Teddy Bears will always be our special friends and who knows, that treasured moth-eaten bear of yours may be worth a small fortune. But after all you two have been through together, would you have the heart to part with it? If you are interested in getting a teddy bear or another toy for your children please check out FamilyHype.com some awesome selections.
Claire Harris loves her bears and has a soft, sensitive side. She’s also very technically minded, however, and can repair a water damaged phone and change a tyre without even breaking sweat.
Teddy bears are the warmest and most comforting soft toys to ever exist and that is why they have their own day during the Valentine’s week. Now that we are done with Rose day, Propose Day and Chocolate Day, it is time to celebrate the one day that is all about cuddly hugs and the warmth of love.
In order to make this day more special, we will be sharing a few quotes, images and WhatsApp messages that you can forward to your loved ones and make them blush. Check them out:
*The soft cuddly teddy is there to show, I will always be there for you. This you should know. Happy Teddy Day!
*I am gifting you this teddy so that whenever you look at it you would miss me. Happy Teddy Day!
Teddy Day wishes
*Teddies are just another reason, just another way to say I care and I will be there forever. Happy Teddy Bear Day!
*A lovely teddy bear for the most lovable person in my life! Happy Teddy Bear day!
Teddy Day wishes
*Just a message to tell you are ‘bear’y nice. Happy Teddy Bear Day!
*Who said teddies aren’t real. just look at you. You are the most lovable teddy! Happy Teddy Day!
Teddy Day wishes
*Hope the teddy bear I am sending makes you smile, in your low moments! Happy teddy day my love!
*On this Teddy Bear Day, accept this message as my promise to be your cuddly bear for lifetime with unlimited supply of hugs and kisses. Happy Teddy Day, baby!
Teddy Day wishes
*On this special Valentine week and on this adorable Teddy Day, I want to confess my love for you sweetheart. There never was, there never is, and there never will be another one in my life besides you! Happy Teddy Day
*There is only one person in the whole world who can give competition to teddy bears in terms of cuteness and it is you my love. Happy Teddy Day!!
Teddy Day wishes
*Every day is a teddy day for me, when I am with you, but yet its worthy to celebrate, and the only reason is you, love! Happy Teddy Day 2021!
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This teddy bear pattern got its name when my son walked into the studio, grabbed the unstuffed bear off my desk, squeezed it tight, and said, “The Love Bear.” He patiently waited until they were finished to pick his favorite to have as his own.
How to Make The Love Bear Using the Free Teddy Bear Pattern
With just two main pieces to assemble, this easy (and free) sewing pattern is a great place to start making plush toys. I’ll walk you through each step from cutting to assembling this teddy bear pattern. In the end, you’ll have a cute little plush bear for yourself or someone else.
Teddy Bear Pattern
Download includes printable PDF and SVG cut files for use with Cricut Maker (or other cutting machine software).
Materials and Tools Needed for the Teddy Bear Pattern
- free teddy bear pattern (download above)
- approximately 11″ X 17″ fleece fabric (body)
- 3″ X 3″ fleece, felt, leather, or other fabric (heart)
- fleece, felt, or leather fabric (nose)
- embroidery thread (eyes, mouth)
- coordinating thread
- basic sewing tools and supplies
How to Cut the Teddy Bear Pattern
You can print the teddy bear pattern by hand or use a Cricut Maker machine (or similar).
Cutting by hand:
Print the PDF pattern at 100% and cut out the body, heart, and nose pattern pieces.
You have two options for cutting the fabric pattern pieces by hand. Both methods work great for use with this free teddy bear pattern. You can place (or pin) the paper pattern pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric and trace around the pieces with a fabric marking pen or regular pen. Or pin the paper pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut around the paper.
Cutting on a Cricut Maker:
Upload the teddy bear pattern SVG file into Cricut Design Space and place it onto the canvas. Click the “Make It” button to get it ready for cutting.
Prepare your Cricut FabricGrip Mat with your fabric pieces. For the teddy bear body pieces, you’ll need two pieces of fleece fabric approximately 8.5″ X 11″ for each body piece. Once your mats are prepped, select your materials, load the correct blade, and send it to the Cricut Maker to cut.
Puggy: Free Plush Pug Toy Pattern
Both kids and sewists will enjoy the simplicity of this free plush pug toy. It’s a quick make for any level of sewer.
How to Sew a Teddy Bear
We’ll start by adding on the heart and face onto the front body piece.
First, to place the heart centered onto the teddy bear belly, fold the front body piece in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Place a few pins along that fold.
Unfold the body piece, and you will have a line of pins down the very center of the body piece. Measure up from the crotch of the bear 2″ and place the bottom of the heart there.
Pin the heart in place. Sew around the perimeter of the heart with a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance and backstitch to secure the threads. **If you’re using leather for the heart, I recommend adding some glue to the back of the heart to temporarily hold while sewing. Do not backstitch. Pull the top threads to the back and knot.
Next, add the nose. I like to add a little glue to the back of the nose piece to help hold in place while sewing. With such a small piece, gluing is a better temporary hold than pins.
Place the nose piece 2 1/8″ down from the top of the head and center horizontally. Sew the nose piece in place. If using a leather nose, pull the top threads to the back and knot. Otherwise, backstitch to secure the threads.
Now we’ll add the eyes and mouth. I’ve included a placement guide on the pattern piece to help with the location of the face elements. Place the paper pattern on top of the front body piece and clip or pin to hold. On the eyes and mouth lines, use a pin to poke several holes along the lines to create a dotted line.
You can then connect those dots to create openings in the paper pattern. Now you can use a fabric marking pen (or standard pen) and trace through the paper slits onto the fabric. Remove the paper pattern and check that you can see the eyes and mouth lines on the fabric.
Add the eyes and mouth using some basic embroidery stitches. I like to use a stem stitch for the eyes (See How to Stem Stitch), and a split stitch for the mouth (See How to Split Stitch).
Valentine Heart Plush
Make a small plush heart with arms and legs using my free plush sewing pattern and tutorial. It makes a great gift for the little Valentines.
The Teddy Bear theme is quite common in preschools. Almost all children have a favorite teddy bear or have played with one. These soft and furry friends are not only exciting for the children to play with, but they can learn important concepts from them as well.
Engage the children in teddy bear arts and crafts activities where they will use their fine motor skills and explore all of their senses. Incorporate games, songs and books filled with engaging activities that will captivate your preschoolers. Create an enjoyable unit on this cuddly animal.
Use the following articles below as a guide to help you create the perfect teddy bear unit. You’ll find ideas such as: going on a bear hunt mural, having a teddy bear picnic, circle and story time, and much more.
Are you planning a theme with these cute, cuddly plush animals in your preschool class? These hands-on activities are sure to teach your little ones about teddy bears. Try out these five crafts that will keep your preschoolers busy and smiling with excitement.
Corduroy the Teddy bear is a beloved character that Don Freeman created. Introduce your students to the classic story of Corduroy and watch them beam with excitement. In this article you will discover fun activities that correlate with the story. Here is what you need to know to get started.
A teddy bear theme is a great choice for preschoolers because it incorporates a familiar animal that they know and love. When introducing this theme to your class make sure you let the students bring in their favorite bear from home. This will give them a chance to make a connection to what you are teaching them. To help preschoolers better understand the attributes of this favorite toy, we have provided you with a delightful song to sing, books to read and craft to make.
A teddy bear preschool picnic is a fun way to end your teddy bear-themed unit. Learn fun songs and activities that will add to your picnic as well as simple treats to eat. Ask your class to bring their favorite teddy with them to enjoy the fun, too!
When presenting a teddy bear theme to your class, discuss the bear attributes with them. How many legs do they have? What color are they? Use these ideas to help your students become familiar with the basics of a bear. Once they know this, focus on activities and games that will enhance their knowledge. To help make it easier, we have provided you with a list of bear books to read, games to play and activities to do with your students. Find out this and much more.
Learn about fun preschool bear theme activities such as, circle and story time suggestions, ideas on music and movement, what to eat at snack time, math and language connections and much more. Use these ideas and suggestions to help you create a unit on bears.
Teaching a unit on teddy bears? Why not incorporate important facts about how bears hibernate. Besides learning this you will learn how to make a teddy bear puppet, a class hibernation book and much more. Winter is the perfect time to teach this unit. Read on to get started.
What preschooler doesn’t love bears? This theme is fantastic because it allows children to have fun and learn important facts about bears. Discover enjoyable craft ideas such as creating fur with marshmallows, cotton balls and felt and three-dimensional bear faces. Learn fun ideas like these and much more.
Creating bear mini books have never been easier. A great addition to your bear theme is to have your preschoolers make easy-to-read books that correlate with your unit about bears. Learn how to create these books, extension activities and much more in this in-depth article on creating bear books.
Preschoolers love creating art projects and singing songs. Learn how to combine the two by making a “Going on a Bear Hunt” class mural. Students will use their fine motor skills and creativity to make this adorable mural. You will also learn how to make a cute and cuddly cotton ball bear. Nothing keeps your little ones busier than a fun and educational art project.
Using preschool teddy bear themes is a fun way to get your students to learn important concepts. Use the articles above as a guide to help you create the perfect bear unit. Do you have any thoughts you would like to share? We welcome your feedback and would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave your suggestions in the section below.
Switch things up with one or more of these adorable pet names that show how close you are.
Running out of pet names to call your best guy? Or are neither of you very fond of the ones you’ve tested out so far? To help you personalize your romance and land on one you both love, we’ve collected 70 cute names you can call your boyfriend aside from his given one. There’s something below for every couple, whether you prefer a term that’s sweet or strong.
According to Scientific American, the authors of a book on relationship behavior titled The Normal Bar surveyed couples all over the world and found that two-thirds of them frequently used pet names. Carol J. Bruess, the lead author of a 1993 study on the subject published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, told Scientific American that pet names are part of the “micro-culture” couples create together. “I think it’s a really human, natural behavior to take language and shape it for our own purposes,” she said.
That being said, your new favorite pet name may come up naturally and could very well not make sense to anyone but you two. Even so, inspiration can still help. So scroll through these ideas and try some out—his name will be changed in your phone in no time.
- Boo Bear
- Light of My Life
- Fine Wine
- Honey Bear
- Handy Man
- Lock & Key
- Hot Stuff
- Pumpkin Pie
- Baby Doll
- Baby Face
- Sweet Thing
- Hot Shot
- Everything Bagel
- Teddy Bear
- Mr. Right
- Dream Lover
- Mr. Man
- Other Half
- Good Lookin’
And for more words of affirmation for your guy, check out 40 Cute Things to Say To Your Boyfriend Every Day.
Whether you go for quaint or quirky, tender or tough, the best teddy bear names reflect the bear itself. Choosing good teddy bear names can be difficult, but you need to really examine your bear. Are they an old-fashioned fellow? Do they need a name with a more modern twist? Maybe a cute teddy bear name is a better option. Asking questions about your bear and examining their looks can help you find a unique name. Consider the following list of teddy bear names to inspire your choices.
Old-Fashioned Names for a Bear
If your bear is an old-fashioned kind of bear or an antique teddy bear, consider a traditional name worthy of his or her distinguished look. Popular names for stuffed bears include:
- 275+ Cute Hamster Names for Boys and Girls
- Antique Teddy Bears
- Teddy Guinea Pig Breed Information and Care
These names all have a royal ring, so if you are naming a dignified bear, give them some consideration.
Famous Teddy Bear Names
Sometimes your child’s bear will already have a name because it is modeled on a famous bear, a character from a book, film or cartoon.
Originally, Baloo was a character from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. He has become popular with modern audiences through his portrayal in the Disney film.
Although Paddington is a Peruvian bear, he is a well-loved character from English literature. The first book of the Paddington series was A Bear Called Paddington, published in 1958. He is so important, a film was made about him in 2014.
Winnie the Pooh
A.A. Milne was the creator of this charming character. The most well-known of the books are Winnie-the-Pooh, and House at Pooh Corner. Today, this famous bear is instantly recognizable due to the Disney cartoon and widespread Winnie-the-Pooh merchandise.
Yogi, a brown bear, is a cartoon character who has had a long media career. Yogi Bear has starred in a television series, films, and broadcasts. Children recognize him by his unique voice and many catchphrases.
A famous TV show for children, the Care Bears originated as greeting card figures in 1981 and became a popular cartoon series. These colorful bears have a variety of different names, depending on the symbol on their tummy. Just a few Care Bears are:
- Bashful Heart
- Baby Hugs
- Best Friend
- Brave Heart
- Do Your Best
- Good Luck
- Hopeful Heart
- Smart Heart
- Take Care
- Tender Heart
Teddy Bear Names for a Boy
Many bears on the market today have clothes that indicate a gender. Choose a name to match your boy Teddy. Here are just a few considerations:
Names for a Girl Teddy Bear
Maybe your teddy has a bow and a pink tutu. This little fluff ball needs a great name to fit her sparkling personality. Just a few girly names are:
- Snuggly Bear
Gender Neutral Names
Sometimes you have a bear that just needs a good name. It doesn’t have to be a boy or girl name. In these instances, maybe you can look at different characteristics in your bear to find the perfect name. Try these suggestions:
- Hot Sauce
If the bear is of a recognizable species, you can choose a name that suits its species. Perhaps the favorites are polar bears and pandas.
Fun Names for Polar Bears
If you have a white stuffed polar bear, you might try wintery names like:
Cute Panda Bear Names
For panda bears, you typically think more warm thoughts. Some name ideas include:
- Chi Chi
So Many Choices
There is an infinite number of names from which to pick, and many bears on the market waiting to be named. Encourage your child to take his time in choosing. His bear will be around a long time. Find how to make your own teddy bears on LTK through teddy patterns.
My Second Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
All You need is some fun food, simple activities, books, stuffed animals, and a big blanket. Try to make sure everything is teddy-bear related. That’s essential. In this article you’ll find great ideas to help you in all of these areas and even a fantastic cupcake recipe. I think the cupcakes may have been the highlight of the event.
Teddy Bear Picnics Are Pretty Much the Best and They’re Easy
Most importantly, you have to gather all of your guests.
Set out a huge blanket in the living room. Then get a gianormous teddy bear out there. Have your kid(s) bring out all of their favorite teddy bears or stuffed animals to join in the Teddy Bear Picnic fun. We lined them all up against the couch as pictured below. What a wonderful party!
Invite a Mom Friend and Her Kid(s)!
Last year, I found out about the Teddy Bear Picnic that day when my Dad sent me a text message.
(You can read about last year’s TBP here: )
So I didn’t invite anyone. Plus, my daughter was home with me so I had both kids, but now she’s in school. I thought inviting my son’s friend (fiance) would be a great idea! I can’t really think of a better play date situation.
I actually pulled out all the stops. I made an adorable teddy bear face invitation and sent it through the mail! All it cost me was the price of a postage stamp.
Here’s the Agenda
1. Set out all the Teddy Bear friends.
2. Read some books.
3. Have a Teddy Bear song dance party.
4. Do some activities.
5. Watch the movie.
6. Eat the food!
I’ll explain all the food I picked.
Bear Songs on Youtube
Disney Nature’s Bears
I got Picnic and Food sticker books from Michael’s for $0.30 each. Since our guests are only 2 years old, putting stickers on paper was a great activity. I didn’t even buy these books *for* the Teddy Bear Picnic, I just happened to have them. So that was great!
There are a bunch of songs on Youtube featuring bears that are absolutely perfect! Search “Super Simple Songs”. My kids love this channel! Simply find a video or two with bears.
Find Going on a Bear Hunt on Youtube. They have the pages of the actual book with some added animation, and a narrator. It’s such a great story and I love the rhythm of it. Go on the journey with this family without getting messy!
Disney Nature’s Bears is a great choice for a Teddy Bear Picnic movie. It follows two bear cubs and their mom over the course of a year. Not only is it cute and funny, but it’s educational and real. What could be better??
Another option is Winnie the Pooh on Netflix. I’m sure there are many other bear movies as well.
Books about Bears
Read Books Featuring Bears!
I have some awesome bear books at home already:
- One Bear Lost: a great counting book
- Brown Bear Brown Bear—a colors book
- I Love You Through and Through— teddy bear book
- Carebears Perfect Day—I love it because there’s a picnic part
When it comes to teddy bears – there no difference between boys or girls, they both like to play with ‘bear’ soft toy. The teddy became an iconic kids’ toy and it is considered as one of the most popular gifting items for kids. So, when it comes to coloring these lovely little (or big) ‘teddies,’ there is no way that your kid can say no to that.
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Traditionally, these toys come in brown shades, but to make things all interesting, any ‘interesting’ color can be applied on the teddy picture.