It’s More than a Bear, It’s a Life Experience


One night last week when I tucked Miss K into bed, she was sad.  Dad had been out of town for a family funeral for an entire week and she had already told me several times how much she missed him.   I talked to her about how he would be home soon and we continued until she would seem to be fine.  Technically, we cried together until we both felt better… but don’t let her dad know because his head will swell.Anyway, I hadn’t been downstairs for five minutes when she called for me to return to her room.  “Mom! I need you!”  I went upstairs fully expecting a face full of tears for missing her dad.  Her eyes were welling but I was surprised to hear “I miss Traveling Teddy.”

No, I didn’t confiscate one of her beloved stuffed friends.  Traveling Teddy was a project at her prior preschool.  He was the class bear – housed in a suitcase with a ton of clothes and a notebook.  Each day, Traveling Teddy would venture home with a different student and they would chronicle their visit together.  In class the following day, the student would sit on a stool in front of the class with Traveling Teddy on their lap and discuss their adventures.  At the same time, the teacher would show the class the notebook, filled with pictures and captions, and read the story that the parents and student had included.  It was essentially a scrapbook of Traveling Teddy’s life.

Miss K hasn’t even seen him since May so I’m not sure why all of a sudden she decided she missed him.  I did find it quite ironic that MomSelect (BSM Media) had recently sent one to me to publicize Build-A-Bear.  Yes, Traveling Teddy is a Build-A-Bear.  So when Miss K woke up the following morning, I presented her with her very own Traveling Teddy, a Lil’ Buttercream Cub.The concept of using a Build-A-Bear to teach preschoolers so many lessons is great.  The responsibility of taking care of the bear during its stay and accounting for any of the clothing and accessories that came along.  How to create the story to share with their classmates.  Public speaking in front of the class at this age gives them a comfort zone they can carry through life.  Traveling Teddy wasn’t just a toy, it was a life lesson.

And the Build-A-Bear store isn’t just a place to pop in with your child.  In case you didn’t know, Build-A-Bear offers parties for as little as $10 per guest.  If you’re one of those parents who is tired of the typical pizza parlor birthday party, check out Build-A-Bear for a change of pace.  You can even pick theme parties like Hannah Montana or High School Musical!

Alas, the giveaway:  Here’s your chance to pick up a $10 Build-A-Bear gift card to spend at a store near you or online at Build-A-Bear or Friends 2B Made.  Build-A-Bear has a ton of bears priced at only $10 so pick one up and start a life lesson with your child!

The Prize

$10 Build-A-Bear Bear Buck$ gift card.



Participants –
…must provide an email in the first comment, email me directly with an email address or have email accessible from their profile. Winner has 72 hours from posting/notification to respond.  If winner cannot be contacted, I will move on to the second random selection.

Sometime on December 16th, a winner will be chosen at random (using from all comments left. Winner will be posted PRIZEYWinners.

How to enter: (CONTEST CLOSED)

70 thoughts on “It’s More than a Bear, It’s a Life Experience

  1. My daughter just told me she would want to build the 12 inch tabby cat. LOL We are using this as a potty training incentive and now she is trying to decide what she wants to build.
    hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

  2. We love build a bear! Thanks for the giveaway. My daughters would love the Holly and Hal moose that they have out for the holidays. Thanks!
    thegood3 at gmail dot com

  3. I have a little one here that has been pining away for that little elephant! Thank you for the chance to win!



  4. I’m pretty sure she’d love Hal Moose the most. We’ll find out this January for sure as I’m planning on a build-a-bear card for a Christmas gift. This would definitely help, so thanks for the opportunity!

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