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Let’s Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day! Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day!

Posted on January 18, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball



Today is Winnie the Pooh Day! On this day in 1882, AA Milne created the lovable silly old bear. What better day to celebrate all things Winnie the Pooh!

Here’s a lovely blog post with a recipe for honey cookies. Isn’t it funny how a bear likes honey…

Or you could go the whole hog and bake a Winnie the Pooh Cake!

And here is a lesson in optimism from Winnie the Pooh – something we could all stand to read, since today is also Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year!

Since Star Wars is a big thing at the moment, you might enjoy this Star Wars Winnie the Pooh crossover.

If you’d like a free Winnie the Pooh printable, here it is!

If you’re feeling particularly high brow, you could read The Tao of Pooh

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard…” What’s your favourite Winnie the Pooh quote? Here’s a list to help jog your mind of the many profound things the silly old bear said.

Or you could paint your nails like Winnie the Pooh using this handy tutorial…

If you’re a student you could try the Winnie the Pooh Drinking Game while watching the movie.

Or if you like a more quiet life you could crochet yourself a Winnie the Pooh cuddly toy! If crocheting is not your thing, here is a blog post with 25 other Winnie the Pooh ideas to keep you going!

Today is Teddy Bear Day! Comments Off on Today is Teddy Bear Day!

Posted on September 09, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball



Today is Teddy Bear Day!

Everyone, from infants right up to grandparents and great-grandparents have a teddy bear.

And Teddy Bear Day is the perfect excuse to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, right?

We found this brilliant old recording of the song… we double dare you not to sing along!


This song was written in 1907, not long after teddy bears were first manufactured in Europe and America. In the US, bears were named Teddy in honour of Preisdent Theodore Roosevelt who had refused to shoot  a small captured bear on a hunting trip. 
Here are some of our favourite famous teddy bears…

Winnie the Pooh

Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh; the famous Disney bear first came to life in the pages of AA Milne’s books written for his son, Christopher Robin Milne, about his teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh.


Ah, marmalade sandwiches and wellington boots! Paddington was incredibly popular, even before the recent featurelength film was released. First appearing in 1958 in a book by Michael Bond, he is now loved by children – and adults – the world over.

Pudsey Bear

Pudsey Bear is the mascot of BBC Children in Need. First appearing alongside Sir Terry Wogan in the 1980s, everyone is familiar with his eye patch and yellow fur.

Lots-O’-Huggin Bear

Lots-O’ is the bad guy of Toy Story 3, but we still love him! Voiced by Ned Beatty, he’s as snarly and miserable as any bad guy – but he’s still really cute! You get the feeling that if a previous owner hadn’t jilted him, he would have been a perfectly lovely bear.


Remember Superted? He’s sort of faded into insignificance these days, but anyone who grew up in the ’80s will remember him, alongside Spotty, fighting off evil Texas Pete. We’re ever hopeful that he’ll be picked up for a revamp (but not too much of a revamp!) soon.

Care Bears

The Care Bears cartoons of the ’80s have been re-made, with new movies put out in recent years. The residents of Carealot are all still more or less the same as they were when they first came out though. All together now: Care Bear stare!

Gummi Bears

Remember this Disney classic? Perhaps it’s even still going? We certainly hope so, we loved to watch them getting up to mischief in Gummi-Glen!

Yogi Bear

Uhhh Boo-Boo! Yogi Bear was originally a supporting character in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Huckleberry Hound Show and was the first of Hanna-Barbera’s breakout characters, going on to have his own hugely popular show. Everyone loved Yogi and Boo Boo’s capers in Jellystone Park, chased by the hapless Ranger Smith. Fun fact: Yogi was one of several Hanna-Barbera characters who had a collar – this meant when the animators were drawing him, they could keep his body still and only move his head, thus cutting production times and costs. And there we were thinking he was just a snappy dresser!


Can you name any other famous bears?

Winnie the Pooh Day: January 18th Comments Off on Winnie the Pooh Day: January 18th

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Winnie the Pooh Day



AA Milne was born on 18th January, 1882. He grew up to write many books and plays, but is by far best known for that willy nilly silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh.

To celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day, here are 10 things you may not know about the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff…

1. Christopher Robin was a real person – AA Milne’s son.

2. Winnie the Pooh was an Alpha Farnell teddy bear Christopher Robin received for his first birthday. Originally named Edward, he was later named after Winnie, a Canadian black bear who had been a military mascot in World War 1 and ended up in London Zoo. “Pooh” came from a swan of the same name.

3. The other characters in the book: Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo and Tigger were also Christopher Robin’s toys – but Rabbit and Owl were creations of Milne’s imagination.

4. In the original Winnie the Pooh books, the illustrator EH Shepard drew Pooh in the image of his own son’s teddy, Growler.

5. Hundred Acre Wood (where Winnie the Pooh lives) is based on Five Hundred Acre Wood, part of Ashdown Forest  in East Sussex; AA Milne lived on the edge of the forest.

6. There are two Winnie the Pooh books: Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. He didn’t want to write more books because Christopher Robin was growing older, and he felt any further books would be lacking in originality.

7.  As well as the two books, there were poems about the bear in two of his collections of poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.

8. The original Winnie the Pooh did not have a red shirt – that was the invention of an American producer named Stephen Slesinger. Slesinger bought US and Canadian merchandising, television, recording and other trade rights to Winnie the Pooh from AA Milne in 1930, and  in so doing, created the modern licensing industry. Within two years, Winnie the Pooh was worth £50 million a year – and that was before Disney got involved!

9. Winnie the Pooh was originally Winnie-the-Pooh. Disney removed the hyphens when they purchased the rights from Slesinger’s widow in 1961.

10. There are four Winnie the Pooh movies: Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.

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