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Does Your Bear Need A Health Check At The Teddy Bear Clinic?

Sometimes our favourite friends need a bit of TLC. Years of love and snuggles can leave them with loose stitching, threadbare fur, and occasionally missing limbs!

If this is the case for one of your child’s precious treasures, you might enjoy the Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic, which is part of this year’s Festival of CuriosityCuriosity Carnival’! Elastoplast is asking children to bring their beloved teddies to the Teddy Bear Clinic at this year’s Festival of Curiosity, taking place from 19 July – 22 July, and receive some TLC from the Elastoplast Bear Doctors.

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While experiencing some of the weird and wonderful experiences the festival provides, families can also take their bears through a series of unique health checks: Children can take a peek at their teddy’s heart through a VR X-ray machine, and also get the chance to perform their very own surgery with the wacky Animoodles at the festival.

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Once the Elastoplast Bear Doctors have performed their assessment, each child will be presented with their very own Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic Certificate and goodie bag filled with Elastoplast treats to care for any future bear or human injuries.

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Do It Yourself Toy Surgery

If you or your bear are not available to visit the Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic, there are many other options for care and surgery. While minor incidents can be looked after by a trip to the washing machine’s gentle cycle, and a few stitches, others may something more skilled.

If you’re handy with a needle and thread, gently open up the back seam and remove all the stuffing, put the toy through the washing machine and air-dry, then repair any tears with the bear inside out. Finally re-stuff (possibly with new stuffing if necessary) then carefully sew up the final back seam using the smallest stitches possible. You can even get new eyes or noses from craft stores or online, or try a jaunty eye patch if your bear doesn’t want a prosthetic!

If you’re not the creative type, there’s no shame in taking it to the professionals. There are a variety of toy repair clinics across the country, or you might be able to bribe your local tailor/alterations shop to repair tears or other sewing related jobs.

Otherwise, why not make a feature of it? We all get bumps and bruises sometimes, so there’s no shame if your bear needs an eye patch, a (hard-wearing) plaster, or a sling!

The Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic will take place at the Festival of Curiosity’s, Curiosity Carnival, in Smock Alley from 19 July – 22 July. The Curiosity Carnival will allow families to experience an exciting range of hands-on workshops, adventures in electronics, interactive installations, crafty creatures and games for all the family to enjoy. Tickets are available for the Curiosity Carnival at festivalofcuriosity.ie.


About the Author

Emily is our Digital Editor. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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