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June 1, 2016

Happy Winnie-the-Pooh Day and A. A. Milne’s Birthday!

I loved the Winnie-the-Pooh stories when I was little—in particular the story “In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump.” I loved hearing my mom read the word heffalump. It sounded so silly, especially coming from a grown-up.

Until this year, I didn’t know Winnie-the-Pooh Day existed. Now that I do, it seems like the perfect time to revisit the stories I loved about Heffalumps and honey, Eeyore’s tail and Tigger’s bounce. In addition to all those wonderful stories and characters, my favorite part of Winnie-the-Pooh stories might be the game of Poohsticks.

If you’ve never played Poohsticks, you’re missing out on one of the best games to play on a bridge. Winnie-the-Pooh’s creator, A. A. Milne, and his son, Christopher Robin, are the original creators of the game and it appears several times in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Here’s how to play:

  1. Find a friend or relative you think you can beat easily.
  2. You and your friend must each collect a stick (hereafter called “Poohsticks”).
  3. You and your friend must now stand on one side of a bridge.
  4. At the same moment, you and your friend drop your Poohsticks into the water.
  5. Now run to the other side to see whose Poohstick appears first.
  6. The owner of the Poohstick that appears first is the winner!


My brother and I love this game and we still play it. Here is a picture of the first time we played Poohsticks on Poohsticks Bridge (a real place). He won, but if you ask me, he got some unfair help from our dad.

PS: Check out that Winnie-the-Pooh onesie!



Bio about Author: Captain Emma is the merchandising coordinator for the Preschoolers and Kindergartners Reading Club catalogs. Her favorite Winnie-the-Pooh character is Eeyore.

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