Teddy Bear Picnic | Epic Party Ideas!

Hello and welcome to this teddy bears picnic party ideas page! I’m Zoe, a previous professional party planner and host, now blogger sharing all of my best tried and tested tips for the most exciting parties (that are affordable as as simple as possible to run!)

Teddy bear picnic is a lovely, simple, happy party theme that all children can get involved with. These ideas will suit kids or any age from toddlers (with a few simplifications) up to about 6 year olds!

We have suggestions for indoors and outdoor options so wherever you are and whatever the weather you have options, and everything at your finger tips for an epic day. We have suggestions for picnic foods, teddy-bear themed games and activities and also decorations!

Picnic Ideas for a Teddy Bear Picnic Party

We have a list of suggestions and Ideas for simple but impactful picnic servings! We think they key to an epic picnic party is simple, beloved food but presented in an extra special way. This special presentation can be simple, to minimise the time spent prepping and maximise the party time with your kids.

  1. Heart or star shaped jam or pb sandwiches. If you use soft bread, it will be easily cuttable with cookie cutters– and this might be something you already have at home- one less thing to plan!
  2. Mini Pizzas – This always looks great on a picnic table and everyone loves pizza. You can batch book them in the oven before leaving and they are inexpensive to buy.
  3. A veggies platter, or little individual veggie cups. Platter look spectacular (as do little cups!). Cut up veggies like peppers, carrots, cucumber and celery in all shades of the rainbow and all a few extra splashed of bright colour, like a kiwi slice, lemon, red grapes or even the spiky top of a pineapple for fun! For the individual cases option these little cup holders with a couple of veggie sticks and a chunk of cheese would be gorgeous.
  4. Jelly bowl! This is fun picnic food, make a massive bowl (or glass oven tray) of jelly and cover the top in whipped cream, sprinkles and little gummy bears.
  5. Chocolate covered fruit. Make fruit look extra enticing by dipping it in, or drizzling it chocolate and them some multicoloured sprinkles. This can be done the day before and although its really simple to do it looks spectacular and like it is so much more effort than it actually is.
  6. A few sharing bowls with Crips and Chocolates, choose family favourite flavours and classic recognisable chocolates like Maltesers or Smarties.

Bring some large trays so that food is off the ground and more stable. You can also get little juice cartons to reduce the risk of spill, although large jugs or juice cocktails might be slightly cheaper- you can see what suits you best!

If you love the idea of an outdoor party, you might also love our summer Tuti-Fruity Tropical Party!

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Games

1. Musical bear bumps

This game is like musical bumps- children dance to music and when the music stops they have to sit on the floor as fast as possible! Last one sitting is out (or if the kids are young, you can reward the fastest sitters for each round instead!)

Encourage them to do the craziest dancing they can manage- this is also a good strategy to get them burning as much energy as possible.

2. Goldilocks footsteps

This game is like grandmothers footsteps. Kids line up along one side of the room and at the other one child is designated Goldilocks. Goldilocks faces the wall- not looking at the children.

While goldilocks is turned away, the kids tiptoe forwards and as soon as the Goldilocks turns around they have to freeze. If she catches anyone moving, they can be sent out or back to the start line. The child who manages to tap Goldilocks on the shoulder wins.

3. Teddy bear, Teddy bear, picnic!

This game is similar to duck duck goose but with a theme. It’s a great one to play as children arrive (or right after the picnic) as new players can easily join and it’s fun and familiar to them.

Children sit in a circle facing inwards. Child A walks around the outside of the circle and gently taps the group one by one on the head as they pass saying Teddy bear, Teddy bear, Teddy bear…then, they choose one child (child B) to say Picnic! Child B jumps up and chases Child A around the circle. Child A has to run around the whole group and sit back in Child B’s space. If they manage, Child B becomes Child A in the next round. Otherwise, Child A has to play again until they succeed.

4. Teddy balloon toss game

Kids have to work together to keep a balloon in the air- and challenge them to manage it for a whole minute- or some age appropriate time. THEN- add another balloon, and maybe even another depending on group size- so many that all the kids need to be working rather then just the fastest or tallest.

What is fun is to play ‘challenge’ music while you do this! There is a really fun timer to a dancing unicorn on YouTube that they might LOVE. I will link it here, below:

5. Teddy ball game

Kids stand in a circle and pass a ball between them while music plays. When the music stops, the person with the ball has to do a funny forfeit, like doing a silly dance. Other ideas for silly forfeits could be pull a silly face, run around the group before they finish counting to 5, or anything else! (you can also play this with a balloon)

For animal-loving children, we also have posts ideas for a Puppy Party and a special Paw Patrol Party!

Teddy Bear Picnic Activities

-1. Teddy bear Story Time!

Live action ready out one of your child’s favourite teddy bear story books. While you read, encourage the kids to act out parts of the story so they feel immersed in the magical story telling world.

We suggest the Going on a Bear Hunt story– this is perfect for the kids to get excited about and act out together! It about a family who go on a bear hunt. Every time the reach a new challenge on their journey (such as a muddy, squelchy field) they say:

” We can’t go over it, We can’t go under it, We have to go through it!”.

Eventually, they find a cave see some glimmering bear eyes inside and RUNNNN back home through the muddy field and the swishy wheat and all the obstacles, to jump into bed and be safe from the bear! It’s written really gorgeously.

2. Craft activity: decorate their picnic blanket!

Buy a disposable table cloth and allow the children to decorate it before the picnic! I can only find a multipack link but they are likely to have theme in your local dollar store or any party supply shop in signle packs for very cheap.

It’s a collective craft activity. Use felt pens and crayons and you can even get the parents involved- that is great fun- particularly those with artistic talents!

3. Teddy bear picnic chocolate fruit decorating

At the picnic you can serve grapes or banana dipped in chocolate and coated with, multi-coloured sprinkles. Get the kids to pop on their imaginary chef hats and aprons (tea towels) and allow them to dip pieces in fruit in chocolate and then into a bowl of sprinkles- they can choose which ones!

Pre-freeze some oven tray and line with parchment paper so the dipped fruits go onto a cold surface and begin to set immediately.

4. Teddy bear rainbow face painting

Have a little station with a designated party helper doing little face or body paints for the kids inline with the teddy bear theme such as flowers and rainbows! We suggest this during the picnic or snack time while the children are eating and running around at different rates.

We suggest small motifs on cheeks or arms rather than full face make up so that the process is quick and all kids get a go without the activity taking the whole party!

4. Teddy bear disco

Did you know teddy bear throw the ultimate discos?! Well they do! I’m talking bubble machines, colorful lights and glittery show tunes.

Decorations for a teddy bear picnic party!

This is a super easy and super effective party to decorate! If it is indoors we suggest the brightest rainbow wall hangings for splashes of summer colours everywhere. A great way to do this is with light weight rainbow tablecloths such as these here!

We have 3 tips for teddy bear picnic decoration!

  1. Huge bunches of balloons! If you’re outside in a park you can hang these from trees or a little shelter tent. If inside, fill the room with bright, multicolored bunches.
  2. Multicolored tropical glasses or flowery necklaces. These are colourful props that the kids will LOVE, and what’s more, interactive decorations will literally fill the space with color and cheer. Although this costs a little more, it can be a going home pressie- so it’s still less than a 2 dollars per child.
  3. For the ‘picnic’ huge colourful mats and cushions all over the floor or grass! make a picnic area huge- it will look spectacular! To do this we suggest, asking some friend and family to borrow their picnic mats and blankets so the whole grassy area become a patchwork of colour.

Good Luck!

We hope this post and all the ideas for teddy bear games, activities, picnic snacks and decorations has left you inspired and ready to approach planning this day from a place of fun and excitement!

Ultimately the most important thing is that you are able to be present with your child, and have fun with them on their special day- so plan something that is manageable to you. Kids don’t care about Pinterest perfection!!!

Best of luck! Zoe x

You might also like to check out our Unicorn Party and our Mermaid Party ideas!

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