Winnie the Pooh, Paddington, Rupert and the Berenstains. When we were young, they were our best friends. They attended our tea parties, were our side-kicks on adventures and made us feel safe at night.
Teddy Bear Race Cars
First created in Germany in 1902, the humble toy bear was the brainchild of German toy maker Richard Steiff, who went in search of a new toy idea. He visited an American circus touring in Germany and saw a troupe of performing bears. Et voila! The toy bear was born!
Although the toy bear had been invented, it had still not been given the name of “The Teddy Bear.” The name came that same year when the President of the United States at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, was hunting in Mississippi. A bear cub was captured but the President could not bring himself to shoot the defenseless cub. When the press heard the story, a cartoon was posted in all the papers of President Roosevelt with the cute bear cub. This inspired a Brooklyn candy store-owner to make a furry, toy bear which he trademarked as “The Teddy Bear”, after Teddy Roosevelt.
The Teddy Bear sold like wildfire and ever since then, children all over the world have grown up with their own toy Teddy Bear.
This Festive Season, why not donate a Teddy Bear to a child in need? Something so small to you, could mean the world to them.
We’ve found a great organisation who will be distributing gifts to underprivileged children in schools and communities. You can either donate a toy, or get involved. Any help you can give will be appreciated! Contact them HERE.
Here is a fun Teddy Bear Race Car recipe (pictured above) that is perfect for kid’s parties or as something fun to do in the holidays with your children.
- 100g milk chocolate, melted
- 24 mini Bar One chocolates
- 1 box honey flavoured Teddy bear biscuits (if you can’t find biscuits, you can substitute them with Caramello bears, gummy bears, chocolate bears… Be creative!)
- 1 bag smarties
- Set out a tray or serving plate for the Teddies.
- Sort the Smarties into colours and cut 12 Smarties in half with a sharp knife to use for steering wheels (keep in mind steering wheel colours need to match with wheel colours).
- Remove the wrappers from the Bar One bars.
- Cut 24 teddy biscuits (or other teddies) in half at the belly button using a sharp knife.
- Place the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip a tiny corner off. Squeeze out a few drops of chocolate to glue 4 Smarties ‘wheels’ on each car then place on the serving tray.
- Place a few drops of chocolate on the top of each ‘car’ and sit the Teddy’s on. Place a drop of chocolate on the ‘car’ in the front of each Teddy and glue on steering wheels.
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