Family travel

Entertaining the nursery teddy on a budget

Call me naive, but I never realised how much competition surrounded entertaining the nursery teddy. It’s a stuffed toy after all!


But some parents go to great lengths with expensive day trips in order to make their teddy report the most exciting in their child’s class.

Tin Box Tot and Eddie the teddy

It’s all well and good if you have the spare pennies to make these adventures happen, but in the Tin Box household we decided to keep our few days with the Tot’s nursery teddy, Eddie, simple. He accompanied us on a pre-planned weekend away in the caravan and a free visit to the ruins of the medieval Bishops Waltham Palace in Hampshire.

We got some fun photos of Tin Box Tot sharing a budget adventure with Eddie and didn’t have to spend a penny on top of what we would have otherwise during the weekend.

Eddie enjoys a bit of Tin Box relaxing


Eddie and TBT visit Bishops Waltham Palace

They don’t think much of the Palace carpets

Eddie takes in the views. Above…

And below ground


And after an exciting day, has a chill out in Tin Box’s bathroom

Here’s some ideas for budget experiences for your nipper’s nursery or school mascot:
  • Have a teddy bears picnic in your garden or inside. Teddy is bound to love meeting all the other cuddly toys of the house
  • Take teddy on a trip to the supermarket where he can help with the weekly shop
  • Go to the park for some free fun on the play ground or a game of football. Teddy might find a hidden talent in goal
  • Visit some relatives or a friend’s house. Teddy can show off his impeccable manners as a house guest
  • Have teddy help you make a cake and take it into nursery/school for all his friends to try. 
If that last idea is not a winner, I don’t know what is!!

How have you showed your child’s school teddy a good time?

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