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Web Wise: A Very Cuddly Web -- Teddy Bear Sites

Celebrate Teddy's birthday (November) with these cuddly sites:

• The Teddy Bear Museum – It’s hard to believe that soft, cuddly, stuffed bear toys didn’t exist until November 1902. Was it U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot a bear cub that sparked the design of this beloved toy or world-renowned German toymaker Steiff, which introduced a new line of jointed bears at a toy fair? Read about the history of "Teddy’s bear" with a virtual visit to The Teddy Bear Museum at www.theteddybearmuseum.com.

• The Silly, Willy-Nilly, Old Bear – Kids often become attached to certain bear personalities. One of the most beloved bears on the planet is Winnie-the-Pooh. Created by A.A. Milne, the original Pooh stories are reproduced by publisher PeguinPutnam at www.penguinputnam.com/static/packages/us/Pooh/. The Web site offers printable Pooh puzzles, a Pin-the-Tail on Eeyore game, and a recipe for one of Pooh’s favorite smackerals: honey gingerbread cookies. For the animated version of this roly-poly bear, go to Disney’s official home page, where you can help Pooh find musical notes and play other interactive games.  

• Those Berenstain Bears – This bear family’s site at www.berenstainbears.com offers short, animated videos of the much-loved stories, colorful paper dolls to print out and several other printables and interactives.

• Because Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires – The all-American bear has to be Smokey the Bear, the U.S. Forest Service’s mascot for over 50 years. Smokey’s Kids (www.smokeybear.com ) provides hot activities, including SmokeJumper, an animated fire-fighting game.

• Hey, Boo Boo! – Yogi Bear, the cartoon character who’s "smarter than your average bear," still lives on in Jellystone Campground (www.campjellystone.com/just-for-kids.html), now a series of camping park-resorts across the United States. The Web site’s "Just for Kids" section has coloring pages and links to Cartoon Network’s video clips of Yogi and friends.

For links to more fun activities and valuable resources, don't miss the complete Web Wise Archive!


From United Parenting Publications, November 2003.

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