Wooded forests, bubbling streams and Pooh Sticks — what more could you want for a celebration of The House at Pooh Corner? How about a Pooh Picnic complete with honey snacks and Pooh Twinkies?
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A.A. Milne is a beloved author in this house and as A- and I read through the book together memories flashed through my mind. The oldest and I read through all the Pooh books, watched the Disney shows, and even went to see Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (which I’m pretty sure my husband slept through).
Pooh is fluffy, kind and good-natured. His love of honey is akin to my love of chocolate (I would totally climb a tree for a jar of Nutella — just sayin’). His appeal is universal with children and adults alike. And, the best thing about Pooh is that he is timeless. I enjoyed the books as a child, and now I can enjoy them again with each of my kids.
In this house we love to read, but we don’t stop there. After most of our read-alouds, we enjoy a bit of party school. Party school can be as simple as adding some snacks to the end-of-book discussions or as elaborate as hosting friends for activities and feasts. In the case of The House At Pooh Corner, a Pooh Picnic only seemed natural.
Our home is not located in the Hundred Acre Forest or even a Ten Acre Forest. However, we do have a tiny little area with a few trees and a pond. With all great adventures, a little imagination comes in handy.
And of course, no picnic is complete without some great snacks.
Some of our snacks for the picnic included:
Pooh Grahams (Teddy Grahams),
Tigger Tails (Cheetos),
Eeyore’s House (Pretzels),
Rabbit’s Garden (Broccoli Sprouts and Baby Carrots in Hummus),
Kanga Kabobs (Fruit Kabobs),
Pooh Twinkies and Roo’s PB and Honey Bagels.
In the 20+ years I’ve loved Winnie the Pooh (ok, so it’s been a bit longer) I never knew that A.A. Milne based Winnie the Pooh on a real bear. The beautifully told story can be found in the book, Finding Winnie. It’s a fascinating tale that winds its way through Canada to England, through a war, to a small boy. I loved the historical pictures at the end of the book. If your kids like to watch movies about their favorite books, the movie A Bear Named Winnie tells the story of the famous bear.
What’s a Pooh Picnic without a game of Pooh Sticks?
I was truly amazed how long kids could be interested in a game that consisted of throwing a stick on one side of a bridge (or dock, in our case) and watching it float out the other. They kept finding sticks to throw into the pond until the sticks became limbs and it took more than one person to carry them. At this point, there was some Mom intervention.
The lesson to be learned from all the Pooh stories is pretty simple.
It’s one of friendship.
Friends are important at any age and are often the only thing to help you on your desperately bad, fall-in-a-pit, kind of day. Friends can be as different as Tigger and Rabbit or as similar as Pooh and Piglet.
But, some friends are forever…or “even longer.”
What book has inspired you to have a party or maybe a picnic?
Periscope of Pooh Picnic
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Portions of this article first appeared on Minivan Ministries.