These Winnie the Pooh Crafts for Kids are just what you need to celebrate the adorable bear on Winnie the Pooh Day on 18th January!
Here’s a quick quiz for you – who is yellow, wears a red shirt, has no pants and is indescribably adorable?
It’s Winnie the Pooh bear!
If you’ve grown up in the 90s or earlier, you’re bound to remember the soft-spoken, well-meaning bear named Winnie the Pooh, or simply Pooh. He’s much older than all of us – he first appeared in the book Winnie-the-Pooh way back in 1926!
Winnie the Pooh was created by an English author named A.A. Milne, who based it on his son, Christopher Robin’s, teddy bear. However, the Pooh we know today was illustrated by E. H. Shepard, who based the bear on his son’s teddy! So this book is an ode to Dads and their sons’ teddy bears!
The bear is so celebrated that we now have a day dedicated to him – Winnie the Pooh Day on 18th January.
What is Winnie the Pooh Day?
Winnie the Pooh Day is not an officially recognized holiday, however, there are several different days that have been designated as Winnie the Pooh Day by different organizations and groups. Winnie the Pooh Day on 18th January. It is a day that is dedicated to celebrating the beloved children’s character and his adventures with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.
The day is usually celebrated by reading Winnie the Pooh stories, watching movies or TV shows featuring Winnie the Pooh, and having fun activities that center around the character, such as making crafts or having a picnic. Some people also celebrate by visiting the real place where Winnie the Pooh was created, the London Zoo, or Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England where the author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin spent much of their time and where the stories were inspired.
Since that is just around the corner, we thought it would be perfect to re-watch some old Pooh episodes, while also having fun with some Winnie the Pooh Crafts!
10 Wonderful Winnie the Pooh Crafts for Kids
If you’ve watched Winnie the Pooh cartoons and would love to create your own episode, these finger puppets from Simple Everyday Mom should help! Love that wink on Piglet’s face!
If you know anything about Winnie the Pooh, you’ll know that he loves honey, or ‘hunny’. Pooh often carries around a jar of honey as a snack, and gifts it to his friends – who unfortunately only get the pot since Pooh eats it up on the way! We love this Hunny-themed card from Crafting Cheerfully that’s got lots of space to write inside! Don’t forget to add bees!
Since Winnie the Pooh is mostly watched by younger kids, it helps to keep these Winnie the Pooh Crafts simple, like this one from Craft Create Cook. If you’d like to see the original Pooh bear Christopher Robin owned, head to the New York Public Library in New York City – it’s on display at the Main Branch!
The Winnie the Pooh cartoons feature a multitude of characters, of which many, like Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, and Roo, are based on Christopher Robin’s other toys. Milne created Owl and Rabbit out of his own imagination, and you can see that these are slightly more complex than the rest. Artsy Fartsy Mama shows us how to create a full set of these using peg dolls!
These Winnie the Pooh Crafts will come in handy if you ever plan to host a Winnie the Pooh party, especially these character hairbands from Always Arty! Put them on and have a blast clicking some funny pictures!
Got an older Winnie the Pooh fan at home? Well, then this project from Disney Dining will be right up their alley! It’s also great for Moms and Dads, who’ve still got a special place in their hearts for Pooh bear!
Red Ted Art shows us that you can create Winnie the Pooh Crafts out of just about anything! The origin of the bear’s name is quite interesting – Winnie was a black bear Christopher Robin saw at the London Zoo, and Pooh was his friend’s pet swan!
Although the bear’s full name is Winnie the Pooh, he is often called simply Pooh. One theory is that because his arms are so short, and the honey constantly brings flies to him, he finds it easier to simply blow them away with a ‘Pooh’! Explore fun theories like this as you make these cute ornaments from Thrifty Diva.
Kids Activities Blog has lots of Winnie the Pooh coloring pages to keep little kids occupied for a while. Did you know that the fictional ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ in the stories is inspired by real life? Many of the locations exist physically, and even the illustrations are inspired by real landscapes of the Ashdown Forest.
Eeyore is one of the most interesting characters in Winnie the Pooh, and he has been studied a great deal by experts. Here is a cute paper plate Eeyore craft from Crafty Morning – you can make him smile for a change if you like!
Who are the characters in Winnie the Pooh?
- Winnie the Pooh: A bear who is the titular character of the stories. He is known for his love of honey and his simple, yet endearing, nature.
- Piglet: A small pig who is Winnie the Pooh’s best friend. He is timid and easily frightened, but also brave and loyal.
- Tigger: A tiger who is known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm. He is also Winnie the Pooh’s friend.
- Eeyore: A donkey who is known for his gloomy and pessimistic outlook on life. He is also Winnie the Pooh’s friend.
- Rabbit: A rabbit who is known for his practicality and love of order. He is also Winnie the Pooh’s friend.
- Kanga: A kangaroo who is known for her maternal nature and her young joey, Roo.
- Roo: Kanga’s young joey and friend of Pooh and the others
- Christopher Robin: A young boy who is Winnie the Pooh’s best human friend and the owner of the stuffed animals.
- Owl: A wise old owl who is often sought out for advice by the other characters.
- Gopher: A gopher who appeared later in Pooh’s stories, he is known for his grumpiness and his tendency to dig tunnels.
These characters appear in the original Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne and also in the adaptations of the stories such as Disney’s Winnie the Pooh.
We love Winnie the Pooh – it takes us back to an age of innocence, where no one was evil and there were simple solutions to all problems. Doing these Winnie the Pooh Crafts will also encourage kids to explore more about the origins of the bear. For instance, they will enjoy hearing about how Christopher Robin’s teddy wasn’t cuddly enough, which is why his father decided to go with another bear as inspiration for the illustrations!
What can children learn from Winnie the Pooh?
- Friendship: The characters in the stories demonstrate the importance of friendship, loyalty, and support.
- Empathy: Through the characters’ interactions, children can learn about understanding and caring for others and their feelings.
- Problem-solving: The characters often face challenges that require them to think creatively and work together to find solutions.
- Persistence: The characters often encounter obstacles, but they don’t give up and continue to try different ways to overcome them.
- Simplicity and contentment: Winnie the Pooh is a simple bear who is content with the small things in life, and the stories can teach children the value of being content with what they have and appreciate the simple things in life.
- Emotional intelligence: Pooh and his friends show children how to recognize, express, and manage their feelings in a healthy way.
- Imagination and creativity: The stories take place in the magical world of the Hundred Acre Wood and encourage children to use their imagination and creativity.
- Sense of humor: The stories are full of gentle humor that children can appreciate, and they can also show them how to find joy and laugh even in difficult situations.
- Kindness and generosity: The characters are often kind and generous to one another, which is a valuable lesson for children to learn.
- Self-awareness: Pooh is a bear who knows his own limitations and is comfortable with who he is, this can be a valuable lesson for children to learn to be comfortable with themselves and to be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses