Author Archives: Molly Saunders

About Molly Saunders

I am a bear in the Digital Dept at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I work at World Bearquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

Bring back the magic and be a holiday hero

What gets you in the holiday spirit? Bundling up the kids and sending them out into the fresh-fallen snow to let their imaginations run wild? Unwrapping your family decorations from crinkly brown paper, remembering where and who each one came from? How about cuddling together on the couch watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with the kids in their fuzzy pj’s sipping hot cocoa or crunching salty popcorn?

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Our winter scented furry friends are here!

Have you smelled these scented furry friends? Merry Mint Pup and Christmas Cookie Bear are in stores and online now! They make pawsome gifts and additions to your holiday decor.

Bridgette is one of our 15 Friends Ambassadors. Find out more about her at TheNotSoBlog.com.


Get your beary own cookbook!

You can get your Beary Own Cookbook with any purchase of $30 or more at Buildabear.com or at a Build-A-Bear Workshop store near you starting Nov. 1! They will only be around while supplies last, so hurry.

What are your holiday traditions? Do you make cookies with your family? Share your tips below!


Top 10 things to do before October is over

October is almost over! Here are the top 10 things you can do on our blog and Facebook page before the holidays are truly upon us.

1. Bear Me App – Turn yourself, and your friends and family, into School Cool Bearemy by visiting our Facebook page and clicking on the Bear Me app at the top of the page. You can add adorable fuzzy bear ears and glasses to any photo, from your computer, from your Facebook albums or from your friends’ profile photos. Tell us what you think! (Pssst… a new holiday version is coming soon!)

2. Pumpkin Pops – Learn how to make pawsome pumpkin cake pops from our furbulous summer intern Caitlin.

3. Pumpkin Carving Stencils – If you haven’t already carved your pumpkin, it’s not too late! Print out one of these kooky spooky stencils to make your neighbors green with envy on Halloween!

4. Octobear is our birthday month! – This year we turned 15. Find out how Build-A-Bear Workshop began and the girl who helped start it all!

5. Pawsome Pinterest – Don’t furget to visit us on Pinterest for family-friendly crafts, recipes, gift ideas, games and activities for when it’s raining and when the sun is shining!

October is Bullying Awareness Month, so…

6. Don’t furget to Take the Pledge! – Visit our Facebook page (click the link on the left) to take the pledge against cyberbullying and a cool badge will appear on your Wall! (Scroll down to find the police officer bear.) Be sure to share it with your Facebook friends to show how we can truly make a difference by being kind online.

7. Huggable Hero Interview – Read about ways parents and kids can become involved in anti-bully campaigns from our very own 2012 Huggable Hero Ceilidh.

8. Bearville.com safety – Find out how we keep our virtual world beary safe for everyone and be sure to visit Bearville.com for the last days of the Kooky Spooky Fun House!

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See you in November!


Bearville.com: A safe place to play online for all ages!

We know that a lot of bullying amongst teens and tweens has moved from the classroom to the online world. As Bullying Awareness Month comes to a close, we wanted to talk to one of our Bearville experts to find out how we keep Bearville, our virtual world, a safe place to play for kids of all ages.

“One of the ways we keep children safe in Bearville is with a very detailed Admin Tool, “ said Joy, Interactive OpBearations Manager, who has been involved with Bearville since it opened in 2007. “It allows us to see chat logs, trades [between players], inventory [of players’ accounts], etc. It allows us to quickly and correctly make decisions on whether or not a guest in Bearville is acting appropriately.”

Bearville.com near Sports Plex

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The inspiration behind Build-A-Bear Workshop

My name is Katie and I am the lucky girl who Maxine credits as the inspiration for Build-A-Bear Workshop®.  This is a credit that Maxine generously bestowed upon me, though I feel it is equally correct to say that I was merely a young girl who was willing to share my definite point of view on teddy bears and other furry friends!

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Halloween ideas with Pumpkin Pal Teddy

by Molly Gold from GO MOM! Inc.

Get your very own Pumpkin Pal Teddy and tell us your Halloween decorating tips below!

Pumpkin Pal Teddy Witch


Pawsome pumpkin cake pops

by Caitlin Noblitt, Digital Intern Bear

What better way to celebrate this ghoulish month than by making delicious cake pops that look like adorable pumpkins? We decided to make pumpkins but you could make any Halloween character – think ghosts, spiders, monsters, and mummies! Cake pops are the latest craze in baking so try this treat with your kids and gobble up some good food!

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Kooky spooky pumpkin carving stencils

‘Tis the season to be kooky and spooky! We’ve got you covered with furbulous fall crafts, recipes and printables, like these adorable pumpkin carving printable stencils.

how to carve a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern

Make this Halloween extra special by using our pumpkin carving stencils to create your jack-o-lanterns! We have four exclusive designs to choose from that are bound to make your neighbors green with envy. Who wouldn’t want this cute glowing pumpkin on their front steps?

adorable bear vampire jack-o-lantern

Click here to download and print your stencils.

Pumpkin Carving Printable Stencils

What suggestions do you have for next year’s designs?


Working Together To End Bullying

October is Stop Cyber Bullying Month. At Build-A-Bear Workshop we want to do everything we can to ensure all children are safe, whether it’s at home with their furry friends or when playing online. To help answer some questions about bullying prevention, I went to our very own 2012 Huggable Hero Ceilidh Millar. Ceilidh volunteers more than 40 hours every month as a teen reporter, spokesperson and peer advocate for bullying prevention. She shares information about the dangers and consequences of bullying through presentations, television appearances, and articles. Ceilidh’s work has been featured on the National Bullying Prevention Center and Teens Against Bullying websites.

Ceilidh Millar head shot

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