The Many Travelers through
The Hundred Acre Wood

Winnie-the-PoohThrough­out my child­hood, my father and I trav­eled to the local library with a wag­on. He insist­ed that I fill the wag­on as high as we could with books. We went on hun­dreds of jour­neys with some of the most spe­cial char­ac­ters in children’s literature.

The adven­tures of Win­nie-the-Pooh and friends in The Hun­dred Acre Wood was and con­tin­ues to offer excit­ing adventures.

For my arti­cle this month, I share with you a vari­ety of Win­nie-the-Pooh activ­i­ties and resources. Enjoy, friends.

Activity #1: Write a Story About Your Stuffed Animal

For this activ­i­ty, your child(ren) will select one of their favorite stuffed ani­mals. This is a great activ­i­ty to dis­cuss the dif­fer­ent parts of a sto­ry. Let the imag­i­na­tion run free! The addi­tion­al sup­plies you will need for this activ­i­ty include:

  1. Mul­ti­ple sheets of plain paper
  2. A writ­ing uten­sil (crayons, mark­ers, or pencils)
  3. Pho­tos of Win­nie-the-Pooh characters
  4. Pho­tos of the stuffed animal(s).

Talk about the many adven­tures Pooh and his friends go on. Brain­storm ideas on adven­tures the stuffed ani­mal will go on. Think about the following:

  1. Where does the sto­ry take place?
  2. What oth­er friends could the stuffed ani­mal meet?
  3. What adven­ture will they go on? (test)
  4. What oth­er char­ac­ters will they meet?
  5. How will the sto­ry end or will this sto­ry lead to a sequel?

Spend time draw­ing the sto­ry. You can also search and select pho­tos about your sto­ry from a free pic­ture stock website.

Activity #2: The Hundred Acre Wood Picnic

Winnie The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-PoohOne of my fond­est mem­o­ries of the Win­nie-the-Pooh sto­ry is the pic­nic Pooh and his friends have. For this activ­i­ty, you will need to col­lect the following:

  1. A large blan­ket to sit on
  2. Plates, cups, and eat­ing utensils
  3. A pur­chased copy or library copy of Win­nie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  4. Vis­it this blog for deli­cious Win­nie-the-Pooh treats. Make sure you review the ingre­di­ents in case you or your child(ren) have food allergies
  5. Spend time read­ing through the book while eat­ing deli­cious snacks.
  6. Vis­it this web­site for fun activ­i­ties to include at your picnic.

Activity #3: Winnie-the-Pooh Balloon Science

Finding Winnie The True Story of the World's Most Famous BearA pop­u­lar draw­ing of Win­nie-the-Pooh is him fly­ing away with a bal­loon. This activ­i­ty adds a lit­tle sci­ence to the clas­sic sto­ry of Pooh and his friends. You will need the fol­low­ing sup­plies for this activity:

  1. Small pop or water bottle
  2. Bal­loon
  3. Bak­ing Soda
  4. Vine­gar
  5. Fun­nels
  6. Tea­spoon

Fol­low these steps to com­plete this activity:

  1. Start off by ask­ing at least two ques­tions such as “is air the only way to blow up a bal­loon?” and “can you inflate a bal­loon with bak­ing ingredients?”
  2. Use the fun­nel and pour 13 of the bot­tle with vinegar
  3. Insert a sec­ond fun­nel into the bal­loon and pour at least two tea­spoons of bak­ing soda inside the bal­loon. Think about what will hap­pen to the bal­loon once you place it over the bottle.
  4. Hold the bot­tle and attach the neck of the bal­loon to the head of the bot­tle. Slow­ly pour the bak­ing soda into the bot­tle and observe. It should inflate.

If you enjoy Winnie-the-Pooh, you’ll enjoy:

Articles about Winnie-the-Pooh and What the Stories Teach Us

Impor­tant Lessons and Teach­ings from Win­nie-the-Pooh,” Kris­tine Fuller, M.D., Psy­chol­o­gy Today, 11 Octo­ber 2018 

What Makes the Win­nie-the-Pooh Books So Pop­u­lar?” Jes­si­ca Salter, The Tele­graph, 18 Sep­tem­ber 2018 

How Win­nie-the-Pooh Became a House­hold Name,” Patrick Sauer, Smith­son­ian Mag­a­zine, 6 Novem­ber 2017 

How Win­nie-the-Pooh Teach­es Us the Impor­tance of Play,” Mar­ti­na La Mon­i­ca, The Con­ver­sa­tion, 19 Sep­tem­ber 2017 

The Moral Clar­i­ty of ‘Christo­pher Robin’,” Robin Wright, The New York­er, 23 August 2018

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