Winnie the Pooh Day is an opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends. This day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne. Born in Kilburn, London on January 18, 1882, Milne is best remembered for his Pooh books, about a boy named Christopher Robin (which is also the name of his son), and characters inspired by his son’s stuffed animals. Of these the most important is Winnie-the-Pooh. The others include Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and others. The actual setting of the Pooh stories is Ashdown forest.

A. A. Milne, who wrote Winnie the Pooh, set his stories in and around a village, named Hartfield, which is in East Sussex, southern England.
A.A. Milne grew up at Henley House School (now Crescent) in Kilburn, London. It was a small independent school run by his father. One of his teachers was H. G. Wells 
who taught there between 1889–1890.

 

Winnie the Pooh was first conceived when a soldier, Harry Colebourn, adopted and brought a black bear cub to England from Winnipeg, Canada, after its mother had been killed by hunters He bought the bear from the hunter which killed its mother, and took it to London Zoo for a long loan. Christopher Robin favoured this bear and spent many an hour in the cage, playing with it. The bear was named Winnie, as a shortened version of the place whence he came. So, the bear became Christopher Robin’s inspiration for calling his own teddy bear Winnie.

 

For the first time in over 80 years, a sequel book to A.A. Milne’s “The House At Pooh Corner”
will be released this October 2009. 

some Winnie the Pooh books
by A.A. Milne include:

“Winnie the Pooh”
“When we were very young”
“Piglet”
“The House at Pooh Corner”
“Now we are Six”
“Eeyore”

 

Color some teddy bear pages

 

Here is some of what we did when we covered a bear theme.
 

 

 

 

 

Bear File Folder Game
The game below is the “Roll over” game. I precut teddy bear shapes out of grocery bag paper, used a blue pocket folder to make the bed and cut some light blue colored paper for the pillows. Then I printed the saying “There were ___ in the bed and the little one said, “Roll over, Roll over.”
So they all rolled over and one fell out!
It is a counting/subtraction game that my youngest
enjoyed playing.

 

 

Teddy Graham Math. (see picture below)
I pre-made cards by drawing small teddy bears that displayed the amount of each number 1 – 6. My son used Teddy graham cookies to match with each card and counted outloud the number of bears he placed on the card.

Flannel Board Story
We did a flannel board story after reading the book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr. and Ecic Carle 
This book is a favorite of both my sons.

Here’s hoping you enjoy your Winnie the Pooh day!
 

Other bear books to read:
“Curduroy” by Don Freeman
“Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin
In honor of Winnie the Pooh day and
the author A.A. Milnes birthday, here are some
activities you can do with your child.

Play a teddy bear color matching game.
Click here to print out your cards!

 

Gather all the stuffed teddy bears you have at home
and sort them by size or color. We have plenty of bears
here at home including my oldest stuffed pooh bear
that is over 25 years old.

 

 

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