The Best Giant Teddy Bears That Are As Big As Your Toddler

Scavenger hunts just got way better.

by Donna Freydkin

Here’s a weird-yet-cute story that’s also true. According to the National Park Service, we have Teddy Roosevelt to thank for the teddy bear. He was on a bear hunt back in 1902, but couldn’t find a single bear to shoot. Finally, his assistants cornered and tied a black bear to a tree, and suggested that Roosevelt shoot it. But Roosevelt refused, because it was unsportsmanlike. Newspapers covered the event, a company started to produce stuffed versions and now, lo and behold, kids all over love their teddy bears. Especially if they’re taking part in a bear scavenger hunt.

There are few toys so iconic as the stuffed teddy bear. It belongs alongside red wagons, rocking horses, and rattles, though its simplicity outlast all of them. For children, they’re soothing companions, and the bond between them is one that you’ll only realize the weight of when their best friend is in another room. Whether you’ll looking for a big, bold surprise or just searching for an affordable buddy, we’ve found our favorites of all sizes and for all budgets.

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