Make my Bear
I had the idea for Make my Bear after a trip to the UK. My children attended a make a bear party . They love their visits to Build a Bear shops but this was the first time to a Build a bear party at home. They enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to look into setting up this sort of business on my return to Australia. I often struggle to come up with creative, fun themes for birthday parties at home and this was a perfect fit.
Build a Bear at home
I researched the teddy bear making market and found that there was a definite gap. You can have a Build a Bear party in store, usually in big shopping malls, and use a big stuffing machine to fill the teddies. If you want to Build a bear at home your options were limited.
At Make my Bear we have chosen not to use big stuffing machines so it becomes much more hands on for the children . They get to stuff the teddies/animals themselves. The materials are very portable so the party can easily be held at home, in a scout hall or any other party venue.
This article in the psychology today gives some insight on why children love teddy bears.
Teddy Bear Party Activities
We have lots of suggestions to help you plan a great party. There are numerous game and teddy bear party theme ideas to be found under party ideas on the website.
One of the most popular additional activity is the plain white T-shirt. Children can personalise their teddies and decorate the plain T-shirts with fabric pens or crayons.
Dressing the bears is another popular idea. You will find lots of clothes and accessories to chose from and they all fit Build a Bear, Teddy Mountain , Stufflers and other 15 – 16″ bears. The clothes range is constantly changing and we are always on the look out for new and exciting accessories.
Our DIY teddy bear kits are often used for fundraising events and have proven to be very successful. We have been involved in fundraising for Ronald McDonald house, Bear cottage and various school fund raisers.
Make my Bear can also be found at various vacation care centres during school holiday periods. If you are interested in having a Make my Bear day for your vacation care centre then contact us. It’s like a Build-a-Bear party without the excursion costs.