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.

The perfect snack for picky palates

I recently stumbled across this amazing little gem of a snack and once I tried it, I knew I had to share the wealth. I’m going to call these Sweet & Salty Crunch Bites. You can technically eat them in one bite, but they last longer if you try to eat them in two.

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Wearable fall kid’s craft for under $5

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

Because we’re all pressed for time and money, I thought I’d share this simple craft for fall. It’s great because you can bring new life to your children’s old T-shirts, and it costs less than five dollars. All you need is an old T-shirt (or something you find at a thrift store) and a bleach pen (be sure to get the one meant “for whites.”) I’d recommend this craft for kids old enough to follow directions and those that enjoy art projects, because this one takes just a little bit of patience.

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Recycled wall art for the whole family!

by Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for unique and useful ways to breathe new life into recyclables. Recycling things is great, but reusing is the best way to recycle. It doesn’t take any extra energy, other than your own elbow grease and creativity, to create something new from something that’s already been used.  Toilet paper rolls are perfect for lots of different kid-friendly crafts. But if you’re looking for something to satisfy your more sophisticated tastes, follow along with me to find out how to make your very own wall sculpture. Anyone can do this!

Recycled Wall Art the entire family can make

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Enter the #SocialBear Giveaway! Twice!

If you’re reading this blog, then you are probably a pretty social bear. So why not enter our Social Bear Giveaway? You have two chances to win one of four of these official Build-A-Bear Workshop Social Bears.

1. Go to our Facebook page, click on our Friends Count tab under our background image and enter there. Or just enter here.

2. Be sure you’re set up with a Twitter account. Then compose a tweet that includes our Twitter handle, @buildabear, plus the social bear giveaway hash tag, #socialbear.

You have until Sept. 14 (this Friday!) at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to enter. Copy and paste this link http://wp.me/p26MWY-Tj into an email and send it to your friends and family so they have a chance to win this little guy too! Good luck!


How to make a duct tape flower pen

by Molly Saunders, Digital (Craft) Bear

You’ve probably heard about the duct tape craft craze sweeping the nation (I know, I know, I just had to use that phrase, been saving it for years.) These are virtually indestructible crafts and these flower pens can be great gifts for teachers or for adding some pizazz to a world filled with gray. See how easy they are to make!

Make a duct tape flower pen!

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Lunchbox notes: good for more than just lunch!

by Maricris from ZensibleMama.com

Download and print your beary own lunchbox notes!

What unique ways can you think of to use these adorable lunchbox notes?


Three tips for easier school mornings

by Molly Gold from GO MOM! Inc.

Download and print your lunchbox notes to let your child know you are with them every step of the way. They’re great for backpacks, lunches, planners, jean pockets, sports bags, and so much more! How do you make your child’s school routine a great one?


Audrey’s Picks: the most furbulous fashion for fall!

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

with help from Audrey, 8

Audrey is a fashionista at heart and she always keeps her eyes on the latest and greatest things for furry friends. Audrey was so helpful earlier this summer when she picked out the best furry friend fashions from our summer catalog. Because we love to hear what Audrey’s furry friends are wearing, I asked her for her best fall fashion advice and top picks from our back to school catalog.

Audrey's top fashion picks for fall

Check out what Audrey recommends this fall. You just might find the perfect gift for your special someone (or yourself)!

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Tips for transitioning back to school schedules

By Candy Tai from mommypalooza

Another summer break has flown by and my kids are off to start yet another fantastic school year full of learning, personal growth, friendships, and fun!  I’d be lying if I said that this new season and the transition it brings didn’t scare me a little. It does.  Not only is it a change in routine for the kids, but for me as a mom as well.  I’ve sorta gotten used to sleeping in a tad bit later and relaxing by the pool as the kids practice for their someday trips to the Olympics.  And, after talking with several other moms, I’ve realized that there are a few things that I could do to help start us all of on the right foot.  I’m committed to making the start of my children’s new school year a great one, and here’s how I’m doing it:

1. Get organized – This may seem like a no-brainer but there are specific areas of my home and life that I struggle to keep organized and on-task.  One of the things that always seems to stress me out is how to handle the paperwork, forms, worksheets, and artwork that come home each day.  Multiply that by my two school-aged kids and that is A LOT of “paper chaos” to deal with!  So, getting organized with my little “clutter counter” {i.e., the counter space in my kitchen that seems to be a catchall for papers} is imperative!  Continue reading


DonorsChoose.org: Helping students in your neighborhood

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we know there are many important causes that our Guests want to support. One of the ways we can help support the causes most important to our Guests is by listening to them in our stores and through our many channels of interaction – email, letters, social media, surveys, etc. Making a difference close to home is very important to us and to our Guests. That’s why we are partnering with DonorsChoose.org for the month of August.

DonorsChoose.org a place for donors to pick students and teachers to help within their community

DonorsChoose.org is a website dedicated to teachers and students. It allows donors to find educational causes that are important to them and donate directly to teachers all over the United States. If someone wants to support art in schools, they can find a teacher who needs art supplies for a special project. If someone wants to find a classroom in their local grade school in need of assistance, they can search for specific schools and areas to find a classroom that needs their help right in their own community.

After receiving a thank you gift card from a company where she shopped, Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear and Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, went online to the DonorsChoose website and was hooked.

“I knew so many teachers who needed this type of platform to help provide needed supplies for their classrooms,” she said.

Taking a note from the educators it assists, DonorsChoose also encourages teachers and classrooms who receive donations to provide updates to the donors.

“For a busy mom, DonorsChoose makes it super easy to choose a project and then keeps you involved in the progress of the project and the success stories that result [from it],” said Samara Reiter, Manager of Store Opbearations. “When you give to DonorsChoose you’re not just giving to our future, you’re actively choosing to be a part of it.”

“Our Guests are children who benefit from a great education, so our relationship with DonorsChoose is a natural fit for us,” said Maxine Clark. “Many parents, aunts, uncles and family members of our Guests are also teachers, and it helps them, too.”

You can make a donation to DonorsChoose when you check out in our stores or online throughout the month of August. You may also visit DonorsChoose.org to find a project that inspires you.

Have you ever donated to DonorsChoose? Do you know a teacher that should be a part of the DonorsChoose community?


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