national teddy bear picnic day
national teddy bear picnic day

national teddy bear day 2020

On September 9th, National Teddy Bear Day honors the history of one of childhood’s favorite dool. We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have your teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, the day is a perfect time to celebrate your children friend!

national teddy bear picnic day
national teddy bear picnic day

American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi In 1902, . This bad day national news. Clifford Berryboy people a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902.  The caricature became an instant modern.

The Berryboy cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new bear toy.  Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.”

A teddy bear does not depend on mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is love – and heard, he lives. ~ Pam Brown

Since the advent of the Teddy Bear, a parade of good characters followed.

Big Bird from Sesame Street had a Teddy Bear named Radar. The lasagna loving cat celebrated on  armed himself with Pooky, his lovable scapegoat. The British invasion of Teddy Bears includes  and Paddington. In 1981, the Care Bears first became greeting cards. Not long after, they launched into television and toy history.

How to Celebrate

  • If you have toys from your childhood stored away in the attic or the garage, today is the day to take out all your teddy bears and show them some love. If you are looking to make space, why not take them to a local charity shop where they can be cleaned and given to children who need them?
  • If you have children in your life, surprise them with their own teddy bear to cuddle with.
  • Watch TV shows and movies that feature a teddy bear.
  • Learn about the habitat and life of bears.

Another Muppet character we must mention is Fozzie Bear. The lovable and comedic bear endlessly perseveres with one-liners, slapstick and musical comedy.


publish some of your favorite Teddy Bear characters from a time gone next. Are they recent interpretations of the lovable creature? Or do you have an affinity for the modern Teddy Bear?  publish your memories of Teddy Bears using National Teddy Bear Day to post on social media.

Teddy Roosevelt

Thought to have been created in the early 20th century, this iconic toy owes its name to American President Theodore Roosevelt, who was lovingly called Teddy by his family and friends.

The story of why the toy came to be named after him dates back to a hunting trip in 1902 when Roosevelt refused to shoot an injured bear. Rumor has it that in response, Morris Michtom, a candy store owner in New York displayed two stuffed bears made by his wife in his display window and called them Teddy’s bear.

Children’s Books Heros

Today teddy bears are a popular toy for children of all ages. The stuffed toy has also become a part of children’s literature and movies and popular culture. Some famous teddy bears include Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, Corduroy, the Berenstain Bear family and Fozzie Bear.


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