“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day!
There are some very special bears around. And some have been us from our own childhoods to the present day - and we still smile when we see them.
Winnie the Pooh is one of those legendary bears, but a comforting sort as well. As well as meeting Winnie the Pooh, we meet the other characters who live in Ashdown Forest: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and the bouncy "I'm the only one" Tigger.
The books tell of the adventures they get up to - the time that Pooh Bear rescues his friend Piglet in the great flood, using an umbrella. Or the time that Winnie the Pooh got stuck in Rabbit's front door after visiting Rabbit and eating too much honey for elevenses. Or the time that the friends all went off to look for the North Pole.
The 18th January is a very special day for a very special bear: it's Winnie the Pooh Day, held to celebrate this wonderful bear! Why January 18th? Becuase it's the birthday of author A.A. Milne who created and wrote Winnie the Pooh.
10 ideas of ways to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day!
So if you're a Winnie the Pooh fan - and let's face it, it's hard not to be, he's a Legendary sort of Bear - here are 10 ways you could celebrate the Winnie the Pooh Day on 18th January:
Play Poohsticks, of course! Here are the rules. Go to one side of a bridge. Drop a stick into the water all at the same time. Whoever's stick appears on the other side of the bridge in the water first, wins Poohsticks!
Get the little ones in your life to practice their spelling so they can spell like Owl.
Read a Winnie the Pooh book or read some of his poetry.