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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

What you need

Your listening ears, your favourite teddies and a blanket.

Benefits

  • Learning about language, communication and developing new words
  • Developing rhythm and rhyme awareness
  • A great way to play and bond with your toddler
  • Developing listening and concentration skills

The experience

Sit in a quiet and cosy area to listen to this lovely song about the teddy bears going on a picnic. Why not prepare a blanket and bring along a few of your teddy bears for a musical picnic?

 

An interesting fact: 

“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” is a song consisting of a melody by American composer John Walter Bratton, written in 1907, and lyrics added by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932. It remains popular as a children’s song, having been recorded by numerous artists over the decades!

 

Lyrics: 

 

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

 

After listening to the songs, use imaginary play and encourage your child to make and serve food/drinks for the bears. Extend the activity by adding more resources (balls and books) to play/read with/to the bears. Let your child take control of their own imagination and follow where it goes.

Have fun!