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Share the Bear
Inspired by the Teddy Bears’ picnic, can we enthuse you to organise a fundraising event around the theme of Umbrage the teddby bear?
Who doesn’t love a picnic? The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” has been a hit with all ages for over 100 years. First written in 1907, the song represents the love each generation has for their teddy bears. It’s the most wholesome of childhood activities.
Taking this idea one step further, could you convert your next social gathering into a fundraising event with a teddy bear theme?
The Picnic Bear
PACK YOUR FAVOURITE TEDDY BEARS: The stars of the whole event. Help your children choose who attends the picnic.
READ A TEDDY BEAR BOOK: It’s a great opportunity for some good old fashioned reading time, with a classic bear-themed book. What about, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen?
BRING SOME CLASSIC TEDDY BEAR PICNIC FOOD: Who doesn’t love a picky lunch with plenty of classic British treats, sweets and snacks? Feeling a little bit fancier? Why not get the whole family involved with baking some treats inspired by famous teddy bears?
The Party Bear
Party games over dinner anyone? Charades is a traditional classic. As is ‘Never have I ever…’. You name it. But the idea is that you create some fun with friends and make it into a jolly with a fundraising element.
You could design invitations to attend, add our logo and tell people what you have planned. The host could buy an Umbrage bear and each guest puts an amount in and the winner of the game gets the bear? Name the teddy bear competition, bring a desert inspired by your teddy bear with a prize for the best one. In short, we want you to get creative and have some fun! Here are some more game ideas…
THE WORD CHAIN GAME
While you and your guests sit around the table in a circle, you can begin this game by stating a word that pertains to the reason for your gathering. For instance, you can say the word “teddy bear”. The person next to you would then have to recite your word and add a word of their own. This pattern of adding a word and reciting back the words that came before continues around the table until all but one person is out for breaking the pattern and forgetting a word.
This game is played by any number of players in a series of rounds. In each round the objective is to guess the aggregate number of coins held in concealment by all the players, with each player being allowed to conceal up to three coins in their hand. The coins may be of any denomination, and the values of the coins are irrelevant: in fact, any suitable objects could be used in place of coins.
For the first round an initial player is selected in some fashion, such as the person who suggested the game. At the beginning of every round each player conceals a quantity of coins, or no coins at all, in their closed fist. The initial player calls what they think is the total number of coins in play. Play proceeds clockwise around the circle until each player has ventured a call regarding the total number of coins, and no player can call the same total as any other player.
After all players have made their calls, they open their fists and display their coins for the group to count the total. It is illegal for a player to open their hand without making a call. The player who has correctly guessed the total number of coins withdraws from the game and the remainder of the group proceeds to the next round. If no player guesses the total correctly, the entire group continues play in the next round. The starting player for each subsequent round is the next remaining player, clockwise from the starter of the previous round. Play continues until all players have been eliminated except for one, whereupon that last remaining player has to do the washing up!
Need more ideas to inspire you?
• Office desk picnic. Bring your Teddy Bears to the office, donate and have a bake sale.
• Teddy Bears picnic at the park. From kids packed lunches and kids sports to bears, beer and BBQ. It’s up to you.
• Afternoon tea with teddy bear shaped sandwiches and a glass of fizz.
• Dinner party with friends. Ask them to donate for their dinner and/or play some after dinner games at a small fee per go.
• Poker night. If you’ve got a regular poker night you could sell drinks and snacks and ask players to either pay to play or donate winnings.
• School or work dress down day, £1 donation per person.
Once you have decided on the type of event you want to hold you might plan some fundraising games. Here are some of our favourites:
• Name the Bear (After Umbrage Bears are available to purchase from this web site or use your own bear)
• Super sandwich competition. A game for children to design and build a wacky sandwich and make it a competition.
• Garden games like boules /sports day games.
Here are some resources you might find handy.