The Ideal Toy Company was formed by Morris and Rose Michton when they read about a story in the Washington Post in 1902 when Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a small bear in Mississippi while on a hunting trip. This simple act started a revolution in the toy industry that continues today as nearly every household with children has at least one teddy bear. (And many without children as well) Recently, with the Covide Virus threat the teddy bear took another supportive step as they became a part of a nationwide scavenger hunt among those who walked neighborhoods to get exercise. We all were encouraged to put a teddy bear on our porch or in the front yard so they were a challenge to find but still bringing a smile to our faces.
How to celebrate – Get a teddy bear. (If you don’t already have one) Try to remember your first teddy bear. Give a teddy bear to a loved one.
Hopefully it’s a nice sun shiny day where you live. If it is, then it’s a perfect day for you to grab your Teddy bear and go outside for a picnic. Your Teddy Bear is the perfect choice to take out and enjoy your day with. They enjoy the food you enjoy, they like to go to the places you go and they love to talk about whatever subject you want to talk about. They nearly always have a smile on their face, are always willing to listen and they let you figure out the answers to the problems you have by letting you deal with them yourself. What a perfect friend to take on a picnic!
How to celebrate – Take your teddy bear on a picnic. Take your teddy bear to it’s favorite spot. Make sure you have enough honey to share with your teddy bear.
Here’s a day we have all been waiting for, a day to sleep the hours away and recover from the holidays! The concept is pretty simple, sleep in, take a power nap, go to bed early, or better yet, do all three! Sleep is important and far too often most of us get less than we need. Some people are able to sleep for only a few hours a night and function perfectly well. They are the exception and not the rule though. As we sleep our bodies replenish a lot of the things we need to perform properly, without enough sleep, we are truly running on empty.
How to celebrate – Sleep in, turn off the alarm. Take a power nap, if you are at work go to your car or find a dark, comfy spot (in this case you may want to set the alarm). Remember to grab your Teddy Bear to comfort you as you sleep.
Sept. 9th Teddy Bear Day
Theodore Roosevelt was hunting in Mississippi one day when his party came across a bear cub in the woods. He was offered the shot, since he was President and all, but refused to shoot because it was a baby. The press picked up on his compassion and wrote articles, including drawings of what they envisioned happened. Morris Michtom read the articles and got the idea he should make a teddy bear toy for kids. He wrote for permission from the President, who could not refuse, and the teddy bear, we all have come to love, was born.
How to celebrate – Dig your old teddy bear out of the attic.
Take your teddy bear to lunch. Start a new teddy bear collection.
July 10th Teddy Bear Picnic Day
Who’s your buddy? Naturally you probably will have
several but who’s been there with you since day one (Or two if your parents
were concerned) Naturally, it’s your Teddy Bear! We all know the story about Teddy
Roosevelt’s hunting trip, He refused to shoot a baby bear and one thing led to
another and the next thing we know, the Teddy Bear was created. So make some
peanut butter and honey sandwiches, bears prefer honey over jelly, maybe some
jelly beans or gummy bears (If you don’t think they will scare your teddy bear)
and take you bear to the park. Just remember Teddy bears don’t like cook outs,
they are filled with stuffing! Show them you still love them even after the 50
years you spent with them.
How to celebrate – Well, take your Teddy Bear on a
picnic. Dig your Teddy Bear out of the attic. If you lost your Teddy Bear go
buy another and start a new tradition.
We all know the story of how the Teddy Bear came about. Teddy Roosevelt, a hunter, came upon a cub during a hunting trip in 1902 but refused to shoot it. The Washington Post heard about it and made a cartoon up for their paper. Morris and Rose Michtom wrote for, and got, permission to make a stuffed Teddy Bear and it launched their company, The Ideal Toy Company.
Since then, the Teddy Bear has become a child, and adult, favorite. It’s hard to pass by a child’s bedroom without seeing a Teddy Bear stuffed in a corner somewhere, even if that child is an adult now.
And the Teddy Bear has served us well. It’s always there for us when we need it, it gives us someone to talk to when their is no human around. (They always listen better than humans do anyway) And they are always willing to receive, and sometimes return, a hug.
So why not treat them! They love the outdoors, actually they love any place so long as you are there with them. So take them on a picnic! Make sure you take honey along because that is their favorite, and maybe a peanut butter and honey sandwich, honey baked cookies and ice tea sweetened with honey.
And remember, even though they may have a family of their own… they always put you first. For today… put them first and take your Teddy Bear on a picnic.
How to celebrate – Plan a picnic today and don’t forget your Teddy Bear! Take the whole family on a picnic, yours and the Teddy Bear’s. Dig your Teddy Bear out of the corner and let it know you care.
National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day October 11th
Come on, we all have one, a favorite teddy bear. Show some respect to that bear by taking it to work with you, or school, today and sharing your day with it.
The teddy bear was indeed created in Theodore Roosevelt’s but oddly, by two people in two separate places – Morris Michtom in the United States and Richard Steiff in Germany.
How to celebrate – Take your favorite Teddy Bear to work/school with you today. (You may want to sneak them out so the other teddy bears don’t know what you’re doing). Take your teddy bear to lunch. Get some professional photos of you are your teddy together.
Awe, who doesn’t love a Teddy Bear!?! Who hasn’t owned a Teddy Bear? Who doesn’t still have a Teddy Bear? Oh, go on, admit it, somewhere in your house you have a Teddy Bear. And why not!?! They are cute, you can cuddle them and on those cold winter nights they are warm.
It appears that when Teddy Roosevelt was President, 1902, he had the opportunity to kill a bear cub while he was out bear hunting in Yellowstone. He refused to shoot the cub (Good for him) and the Washington Post reported his act of kindness in their newspaper. Well, Morris and Rose Michtom owned a toy store filled with stuffed bears and guess what, they contacted the President and asked if they could name their bears after him
It sounded like a good idea to Roosevelt and off they went. Their bears became so successful that eventually their little toy store became the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world today.. And all because of a simple act of kindness.
And isn’t that what a Teddy Bear signifies? An act of kindness, a gift of love. And so, whether you are a little girl, or boy, or a big girl, or boy, the memory of your Teddy Bear still serves as a part of your past, and maybe your future.
How to celebrate – Try and remember your first Teddy Bear. Go ahead and get yourself a new Teddy Bear, or maybe give a Teddy Bear to the one you love. Make sure any of your kids have their Teddy when they go to bed tonight.