Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day {And A Giveaway}

Thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop for sponsoring this post and giveaway.

When I was little there was always one thing I carried with me everywhere- my teddy bear named Beary Alice. My Grandma had made it for me before I was born and I still have it in my bedroom even as an adult in my 30s. As silly as I feel admitting that I still have my teddy bear, I know I’m not the only adult who still has one. A survey of 2,000 adults, completed by Atomik Research and commissioned by Build-A- Bear, revealed that across generations, more than half of all respondents surveyed mentioned they still own a stuffed animal. 40% of respondents said they sleep with their stuffed animal by their side and 72% of those who have stuffed animals said they plan to keep their stuffed animal forever (yep, that would be me). Do you still have a teddy bear from when you were little?

My youngest, Lucas, loves stuffed animals. He has quite the collection of his own that takes up almost his entire bed. Occasionally I even let him cuddle with my Beary Alice after promising to take really good care of her. (The picture below is of Lucas with my favorite teddy bear a couple years ago.)

With National Teddy Bear Day today, September 9th, we are headed to Build-A-Bear Workshop to add to his collection of stuffed animals. To celebrate this holiday, guests of Build-A- Bear Workshop stores can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day Bear for just $5.50 (plus applicable taxes, while supplies last). We can’t pass this deal up!

This teddy bear sure is a lot cuter than mine! What I love most of all about Build-A-Bear though, isn’t the selection of bears and other stuffed friends, but that we can make the bear together. For me it’s about the experience and time spent making memories as we stuff the bear, name him and everything else we have to do before we can take him home. I don’t love Beary Alice because of how she looks but because of the memories she brings back. Regardless of the hole in her arm and the matted fur, she reminds me of my Grandma and my childhood and I hope that the bears I build with my boys at Build-A-Bear will bring back similar memories for them in the years to come.

Want to make memories with your kids at Build-A-Bear Workshop? I’m giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner! To enter, fill out the form below.

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