Almost seven years ago my youngest son met his best friend at Build-A-Bear. I should say, he built his best friend, a dog named “Ben”. For years afterwards, Ben remained at Griffin’s side. He slept with him and went on car rides with him, and even went to school with him for the first couple of years. He was Griffin’s security item and it all started at my daughter’s birthday party at Build-A-Bear.
Recently I had the chance to take Griffin back to Build-A-Bear, along with three of his cousins, to make some more memories. I was particularly excited to see my little nieces build something because they are just two and four, but I was surprised to see just how involved the boys are even though they are older.

The first step when you visit Build-A-Bear is to choose your bear (or dog, wookie, pokemon, pony, etc). This is arguably the hardest part of the whole process, especially when there are so many fun options to choose from. In the end, my son chose a dog, my nephew chose a bear and the girls chose a puppy and a pony.

Once the choices are made the kids get to move to the stuffing machine where they can control the pedal that operates the machine while a helper fills up their new friend to the desired amount of stuffing. My littlest niece wanted a cuddly puppy while my four year old niece wanted her pony to be able to stand on her own, so she needed a little extra stuffing.

Once their new friends were stuffed, each child chose a heart to put inside. Before that could happen, they held the hearts to their own hearts for love, their ears to make their friends good listeners, their muscles to make them strong, etc. It was so cute to watch them get the hearts ready.

Next, their hearts went inside their friends and each one was carefully closed up so they wouldn’t lose any stuffing. Before choosing their outfits and accessories, the bears needed to be “bathed”.

Everyone chose an outfit and an accessory for their new friends. Accessories available vary from shoes to sunglasses to skateboards, with many other options in between. They were very happy with their choices.

Before we could go home, each child created a birth certificate for his or her new friend. They each were given a name and then they printed the certificates so they could go in the box.

And that’s a wrap! The stuffies are all packed up and ready to go home where they can become a best friend to each of the kids.


On Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, Guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day Bear for just $5.50 (CAD), plus applicable taxes, while supplies last. (Purchase limit of five limited-edition bears per Guest.)

Visit to learn more about the in-store event and find a nearby Build-A-Bear Workshop location. Be sure to follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share a favorite teddy bear or Build-A-Bear Workshop memory with hashtag #NationalTeddyBearDay and @BuildABear.

One of my lucky readers will win a $50 gift card for a Build-A-Bear Workshop.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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