Back again by popular demand!
It’s Cinnamon Bear time!
Lots of homeschoolers say that we are responsible for getting them hooked on “The Cinnamon Bear” when we first featured it eleven years ago – though I suspect many of them would have eventually discovered this wonderful old-time-radio children’s program on their own. But one thing’s for certain – over the past decade listening to “The Cinnamon Bear” has become a treasured holiday tradition for thousands of homeschooling families.
There’s just something about popping up some popcorn, warming up the cider, cuddling up on the sofa with your kids, and filling your house with the SAME wonderful holiday season stories and music your grandparents (or GREAT grandparents) enjoyed when they were young too. It is magic. If your family hasn’t experienced “The Cinnamon Bear”, YOU just might need to start the tradition too.
So what is “The Cinnamon Bear”?
First broadcast on the radio way back in 1938, The Cinnamon Bear is the classic tale of Judy and Jimmy Barton, who discover that the silver star which is supposed to go on the top of their Christmas tree has gone missing from their attic. As they search for it, they encounter a teeny tiny bear just two inches high – Paddy O’Cinnamon (aka The Cinnamon Bear) – who shows Judy and Jimmy how to shrink down to his own size.
At that point, the story really begins as the three friends set out on a journey to Maybeland in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, who took the ornament. Over the course of the 26 episode series, they encounter a host of delightful characters, including the Inkaboos, the Candy Pirates (who are my personal favorites), The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus himself. It’s a delightful old timey, family-safe fairy tale for listeners of all ages, with lovely music, fun characters, and an engrossing (you-can’t-listen-to-just-one) storyline.
Traditionally, these 15 minute programs were broadcast each year beginning the day after Thanksgiving, right up to Christmas Eve… one episode each day. Of course, nowadays most kids – knowing the entire series is stashed away on your computer or ipod – want to listen to it at a much faster clip than just “one a day”, so many families go through two or three or more episodes per day. (Warning: Once you get started, it’s pretty hard to stop.)
Start your own holiday tradition
Ready to give it a listen? We’ve got all 26 episodes of “The Cinnamon Bear” series lined up for you, and we invite you to give them a listen and join in the fun. You can listen to each episode or download them to your computer here. Click the link to listen online, or RIGHT CLICK the link to download to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the file.
Content Note: In this 26 part series, the characters do encounter a witch and some magical creatures. These are not “Harry Potter” type realistic characters, but old fashioned cartoony 1930’s versions. However, because some parents wish us to let them know if there are elements of magic in a program in any shape or form, we’re letting you know that now.
If you like this series, we Highly Recommend you pick up our delightful CINNAMON BEAR COMPANION bundle to go along with these programs! This downloadable resource package includes a terrific 100 page LAPBOOK with activities for EVERY episode of the series, 2 fun BOARD GAMES, 2 COLORING BOOKS and an MP3 “album” of all the great songs from the series… all for just $7. It will definitely add a lot to your kids’ enjoyment of the series this holiday season – or any time you wish to re-visit MaybeLand.
“I also have to say what a great resource this was last year. We bought the Cinnamon Bear Companion also and did the lapbook, colouring book and games with our youngest (7 years). I want to add that after 6 years of family homeschooling it was the best project we have ever done Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand” – Shelly B.
Here are the Download links to ALL 26 episodes for you. To download each file, RIGHT CLICK the link, then “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the ‘control’ key then click the link and save to your mac.
These links will remain available right up until Christmas. Yay!