You’re invited: Babi-D’s Teddy Bear Picnic

In collaboration with Doncaster’s first Remake Learning Festival, Born and Bred in Doncaster (BaBi-D) will be hosting a series of Teddy Bear Picnics within Family Hubs around Doncaster.

Grab your favourite teddy and head down to your local family hub!

What is BaBi’s 1st Teddy Bear’s Picnic?

These are a series of events aimed at families with children aged 0-3 years old and older siblings are welcome too! There will be lots of activities for the whole family, including a picnic for the little ones. 

What activities are planned for these sessions?

For the young ones

Storytime with the Research Rhino and BaBi Bear 

The research team at DBTH have a beautiful crocheted Rhino mascot named Ears who will introduce her own new baby, Jade, to our families and their new friend BaBi Bear. BaBi Bear is a polar bear adopted by our team, and we need the children’s help to name it. Families will be able to submit suggestions to a ballot box while Ears, Jade and BaBi Bear help our team to read a story to the children on our picnic blankets. Families will be encouraged to bring along their own soft toys to join in and soft drinks and snacks will be provided. 

Family hubs will also provide activities such as small crafts, outdoor games, sand and water play and playdough.

Activities are aimed at children and their parents and include a story time and a chance to chat about the research study with members of the BaBi-D team.  A full list of activities is listed below.

For parents

Research Rainbow – Vote for your top research priority 

Coloured buckets labelled with the top six research priorities identified from previous work will be arranged in an arc around a barrel of multi-coloured balls. Attendees will be asked to place a ball in the bucket that corresponds to the research topic they feel is most important to themselves and their families. 

What does health mean to you? 

This question will be printed and wall mounted on several pieces of flip-chart paper. Post-it notes, pens, crayons and stickers will be provided for attendees to write, draw or stick their responses to the question. 

BaBi Family Tree 

An outline of a tree trunk and branches will be provided on a large canvas. Families will be invited to use finger paints to add leaves. The family tree will travel with us between hubs and continue collecting leaves on its journey, thereby allowing families from across the city to contribute to a visual representation of the study. 

Where are the Teddy Bear Picnic sessions?

All sessions will take place between 10am and 12pm with a picnic afterwards.

About the BaBi-D research project

The Born and Bred in Doncaster (BaBi-D) project is a network of local electronic birth cohort studies. Supported by the Born in Bradford programme, BaBi Doncaster invites pregnant women to join the project and allow health researchers to join together routinely collected data about them and their baby.
The Born and Bred in Doncaster (BaBi-D) research programme aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of children and families across Doncaster, with this programme maintaining a strong focus on health inequalities and inclusion. The data provided from this cohort study will help the partnership in gaining a better understanding of what local families want and need from healthcare services across the borough, ensuring locally commissioned services are inclusive, with consideration of additional research for further understanding and improvement for our local population.

About the Remake Learning Festival

The Doncaster Remake Learning Days Festival is taking place over 10 days, right across Doncaster, offering free and low cost, family-friendly activities and events designed to build knowledge and spark creativity. We want people of all ages to rediscover a love for learning outside of the classroom and join in to inspire curiosity, spark new passions and even discover new hobbies or future career options!