The Ultimate Online Guide to Teddy Bears
Nothing brings a smile to someone's face quite like a teddy bear. Our soft spot for America's most loved stuffed animals has led us to compile one of the most comprehensive resources on the web. Here, you'll find a one-stop-shop for everything from crafts, games, factoids and resources for collectors.
History of the Teddy Bear
- Teddy Bears: A Complete History — Did you know the teddy bear got its name from one of our nation's most popular presidents? Learn all about that and more on this informative site.
- TR & Teddy — Read a brief history about how the teddy bear got its name and see the political cartoon that started it all!
- Teddy Bear and Friends — This site offers a complete historical perspective on the history of America's most loved stuffed toys. The one-page history includes photographs and a great historical timeline.
Teddy Bear Crafts
- DLTK's Growing Together Teddy Bear Crafts — With links to sites with everything from clip art to coloring pages, this site has a lot of great ideas to implement teddy bears into your next craft project.
- Teddy Bear Preschool Activities — This basic website offers a lot of ideas for incorporating teddy bears into craft projects for preschool-aged children.
- Teddy Bear Crafts — Your little one can learn to make his/her own bear footprints and puppets from this easy-to-follow site.
- Free Teddy Bear Patterns — Directions on how to make your own teddy bears, tips, free patterns, and information on where to buy supplies.
- Origami Bears — We love this site for its creativity in incorporating bears into crafts. This site, which is managed by artists, helps you make your own origami bears.
- Kids Craft Weekly — We found these fantastic teddy bear crafts for kids on a website offering new craft projects each week. We especially like the stamp made out of a sponge. We're hopeful the fact it is made out of a sponge will entice our little ones to help out with chores! (We're holding our breath on that one).
Teddy Bear Coloring Pages
- Teddy Bears Coloring Pages — This website has more than a dozen coloring pages to chose from including teddy bear clowns and chefs!
- Birthday Coloring Pages — This site is perfect for printing teddy bear coloring pages to celebrate an upcoming birthday. Here, you'll find teddy bears pictured with numbers one through five and alone with birthday cakes and candles.
- More Teddy Bear Coloring Pages — We're suckers for coloring pages, especially when they're free. Check out this site for free animal coloring pages, including about a dozen pages devoted to teddy bears.
- Coloring Book Fun — There's no need to purchase coloring books at the store when you have this website available to you for FREE!
- Color Mountain — Check out this site for coloring pages devoted to all kinds of bears, including koala, circus and teddy bears.
Teddy Bear Gifts
- Build a Bear — Bear lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy this store for its unique and interactive build-you-own bear experience. We especially like the "Get Well Bear" gift options, sure to make an ailing patient smile.
- The Serious Teddy Bear — Want a sure-fire way to bring a smile to someone's face? Send them a "bear hug" from Serious Teddy Bear.
- Bearly Friends — Sending a teddy bear to someone special is easy with this website. Bearly Friends offers lots of stuffed bears to chose from that are friendly to a variety of budgets.
- Teddy Bears for All Occasions — Just Teddy Bears offers high-quality teddy
bears from the top manufacturers at a price that's very reasonable. A free teddy bear poem and gift card are included with every bear.
Teddy Bear Collectors and Creators
- Teddy Bear and Friends — Collecting teddy bears is such a popular and well-liked hobby, there is an entire magazine dedicated to it. Check out the publication website for the month's latest features and news in the world of teddy bear collection.
- Teddy Talk — This online forum is dedicated to all things teddy bear. Here, collectors and creators chat connect about everything from antiques to bear hugs.
- Teddy Bears — Teddy-Bears.org calls itself a "database of teddy bear artists from around the world. Here, visitors can contact artists and read the latest news about teddy bear trends, collections and findings.
- Steiff Teddy Bears — Ever wonder how the world-famous Steiff Teddy bears came to fruition? Read Founder Margarete Steiff, story and be inspired.
- Maja’s Bears — Maja Hansen creates beautiful bears by hand from the finest Mohair, Alpaca or Faux Fur, designed especially for adult collectors.
- Jac-Q-Lyn Bears — Amazing hand-crafted bears ranging from the wacky to Jacqui Ellerton's own award-winning traditional Toy-Box Treasures.
- Heir Bears — Jane Woodard creates beautiful bears from recycled and pre-owned fur coats found at estate sales, thrift shops, yard sales, or hiding in the back of someone's closet.
- Out of the Forest Bears — One of a kind collectible handmade mohair artist teddy bears and friends by award winning artist Denise Purrington.
- Emerald Bears — Traditional hand-made collectable bears created by Carol Conley in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, including bears with musical inserts and growlers.
- Melisa's Bears — Beautiful handsewn one-of-a-kind artist bears and full-armatured realistic animals from Melisa Nichols in British Columbia.
- edenbears — Handcrafted bears created from hand-drawn patterns, with every seam sewn twice to ensure strength and longevity.
- Off the Paw Creations — One of a kind, entirely hand-made artist bear creations from the east coast of beautiful Scotland.
- bearkidz — Soft sculpture artist Marion Fraile crochets award-winning teddy bears, as well as making traditional teddy bears from mohair.
- Binkibears — Award-winning collector quality original teddy bears, including traditional mohair bears as well as crocheted bears.
- BrendaBears — Original designs by teddy bear artist Brenda Parker in the majestic Teton Mountains of Jackson, Wyoming.
- Brotherwood Bears — Huggable bear creator Sue Brotherwood crafts bears of the finest fur, the best fillings, and a pinch of dried lavender to keep away the moths!
- Barinya's Teddy Palace — Quality bears in a variety of styles from Germany, including handwoven linen, mohair, felt, and fur.
- Bear With Me — Artist teddy bears designed and handcrafted by Canadian bear artist Gail Hancock.
- Dangerbears — One-of-a-kind or limited edition traditional mohair teddy bears made by hand using with top-quality materials.
- Bears & Friends — Quality teddy bears for all occasions since 2002, along with plush dogs, cats, fish and plush animals of all kinds.
- Little Scruffs — Miniature handmade collectable mohair teddy bears by Jean Grogan, as well as bears made from alpaca, vintage upholstery velvet and other vintage fabrics. Bears are fully jointed and weighted with steel shot.
- Wisdom Bears — High-quality bears to last a lifetime, hand-crafted in Scotland. Bears range from 4 inches to 28 inches in height.
- Brierly Bears — Kat Vardy of Barnesly, South Yorkshire designs award-winning, collectable bears from a variety of materials.
- Densteds — Denise Hayes hand-creates one of a kind artist made teddy bears from quality German Mohair, with German glass eyes, and ultrasuede, felt, or velveteen paw pads. Bears are five-way jointed and double seam stitched.
- Here A Bear, There A Bear — Collectible teddy bears by artist Lydia Massarelli. Quality, one-of-a-kind bears with a tendency toward prominent noses, large feet, and pudgy bottoms.
- Bears by Teri — Bears created from hand-drawn original patterns, with airbrushed accents, imported German mohair fur, glass eyes, hand stitched nose, and wool or ultrasuede paw pads.
Teddy Bear Games
- Dress Up Games — Kids love playing dress up and this site is chock full of dress up games involving all sorts of animals.
- Bear Games by Perpetual Preschool — This site offers a sounding board for educators and child care givers on their favorite games involving teddy bears. We especially liked the games involving Teddy Graham crackers!
- Billy Bear 4 Kids — This website offers online, interactive games with a teddy bear theme. Computers must be equipped with Netscape 3.0 or higher to play.
- Music & Songs: Teddy Bears — Young children love to sing songs as a way of learning and what better way to teach them the fundamentals like counting and the alphabet then with teddy bears! Visit this site for nearly a dozen songs about bears and teddy bears.
- Song Area — Song Area has you covered when it comes to songs about teddy bears. This particular page offers 30 downloadable songs including Elvis' "Let Me be Your Teddy Bear" and "Hip Hop Teddy Bear."
Teddy Bears in Literature / Memorable Bears
- Winnie the Pooh — Perhaps one of the most famous teddy bears is non other than Winnie the Pooh, the loveable bear from Ashdown Forest. Visit this site for games, coloring pages and even information on the new movie slated hitting theaters this summer.
- The Story Behind Corduroy — Many of us fondly recall the story of Corduroy, the loveable teddy bear in green overalls who loses his button in a department store, but most of us probably don't know the "story" behind the book. Visit the author's website for inside information.
- List of Teddy Bear Books and Resources — We love this site because it offers a complete list of resources and books about teddy bears for all ages. We especially like this list includes several encyclopedias.
- Care Bears — If you know a what a "Care Bear Stare" is, you are sure to enjoy this site. Created by American Greetings in 1981, the Care Bears have cemented themselves in our nation's pop culture and hearts.
- Berenstain Bears — Visit the official Berenstain Bears website for all sorts of great information and games about Bear Country's most loveable residents.
Teddy Bear Names
- Find a Name for Your Teddy Bear — Naming your teddy bear is almost as much fun as owning one. Visit this site for a complete list of popular teddy bear names.
Teddy Bear Museums
- The Teddy Bear Museum — Located in London, the Teddy Bear Museum is home to heritage and antique bears.
- Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum & Library — Located in Santa Barbara, California, this museum offers visitors one of the largest doll and bear museum in the country. It's three galleries hold more than 3,000 historical and contemporary dolls and bears.
Teddy Bear Factories
- Stuffington Bear — Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the Stuffington Bear Factory is where thousands of bears are "born." In addition to factory tours, they offer field trip excursions and birthday parties. Customized bears may also be ordered right from their website.
- Vermont Teddy Bear — The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is arguably one of the most well-known and loved teddy bear manufacturers in the U.S. Headquartered in Vermont, they offer factory tours most days of the year. Admission for adults is $3.00 and children under 12 are free. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
Teddy Bear Stores
- Sunny Bears — A teddy bear boutique based in sunny Pompano Beach, Florida specializing in teddy bears (of course) as well as a wide range of stuffed animals and animal-oriented gifts including purses, t-shirts and more.
Teddy Bear Day
- A Kids' Heart — Did you know September 9th is Teddy Bear Day? Check out this site for neat ideas on how to celebrate.
Teddy Bear eCards
- Teddy Bear eCards from 123 Greetings — Send your loved ones an "e-hug" with these whimsical teddy bear e-cards.
- Animated Teddy Bear eCards — Send your loved ones an animated teddy bear card created by artist Jacquie Lawson. You'll find everything from cooking bears to folk-dancing teddies on this site.
Teddy Bear Parties
- Teddy Bear Party — Do you have a little one who loves teddy bears? Why not make his or her next birthday party teddy bear themed? Find tips, games and activities all on this website.
- Birthday Party Ideas — There is nothing short of a plethora of teddy bear party ideas on this website where readers share their party ideas and tips. We especially like the ranking system calling out the most successful and creative ideas.
- Teddy Bear Tea Party — Tea cakes, entertainment, crafts and food ideas to make the perfect teddy bear tea party are included on this site.
Just for Fun
- Teddy Bear Quiz — If you were a teddy bear, what type would you be? Take this simple, 10 question quiz to find out!
- Bear Mascot Costumes — Not teddy bears, but still un-bear-ably adorable full-sized bear outfits from costume retailer Star Costumes!