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Fashion Bear

felt dress-up bear

The current rage in felt dress-up bear fashions, as determined by Emma.

I made this felt dress-up bear for Emma well over a year ago, and it’s one of the most popular toys in the house. Well worth the two or three dollars I’ve spent on felt for the bear, clothing, and accessories, and beautifully portable as a purse/diaper bag toy. I especially love that, if a shoe gets left behind, I can easily make a new one when we get home!

Download templates so that your resident fashionista can take part in the fun here.

Educational extension activities: practice colors and clothing names, and turn into a game to practice listening and turn-taking by making a spinning wheel or cards to determine what clothing item/color of clothing to put on the bear next.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

12 thoughts on “Fashion Bear”

  1. Oh these are so cute! You are very, very creative. I only wish I had time to make some of these before we leave on our trip; I’m sure they’d be a great car trip activity. I have a little wooden dress up bear puzzle that I got at Target recently, so I’ll take that… but I definitely like your soft version better!

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    How neat that she loves her felt bear dress up set so much! I laughed when I read the caption for the photo!!
    .-= Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog´s last blog ..Fun Igloo Picture =-.

  3. Ha, this week I had a request for a “make-a-boy” felt set and I failed terribly at cutting the clothes the right size to fit on the little boy body. I’m not very good at cutting these things under the impatient gaze of a two year old, and I hate to give up my “me time” for it. So thank you for the templates! He’d love this, and we will hopefully be flying this weekend and I was planning to take some felt activities because they are so light weight.
    .-= lynn´s last blog ..Muffin Tin Monday (A Wee Bit Late) =-.

  4. Love the nod to winter weather with the hat, though of course Emma hasn’t asked the bear to wear any sleeves!!

    What a terrific take-along toy!
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..homemade bleach wipes =-.

  5. This looks like a lot of fun, and Anna also loves her dress up baby. Maybe having something new will appeal to her and resurrect her interest in felt.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..The Toys My Child Is Playing With – Tinkertoys =-.

  6. He he he! Oh, Emma, I wish we could come over and play with you and Johnny (and Lily). Our family knows nothing about bear fashions. We have so much to learn from you. We do know a wee bit about spaceman fashions, though. Want to trade fashion knowledge?

    – Emily’s, Jenna’s and Kate’s mom
    .-= LiEr´s last blog ..Dress for Winter II- The Pleated Pinafore =-.

  7. What fun! We have similar dress up dolls for the bath (plastic, by Alex), and what a wonderfully simple alternative! I suspect that when my girls are a little older, they could make new clothes and accessories themselves!
    .-= Sadia´s last blog ..It gets different =-.

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