The Story of YY the Bear, a fun story for little Kids about Goals


The story of YY the Bear.   It deals with the subject of goals – or aims, something recently added to the syllabus for young children.

YY was made in a bear factory in Oregon in America.They made small bears, large bears and many in between sized bears, YY was one of the largest, he was as big as a small child. Uncle Humphrey and Aunt Saskia fell in love with him almost as soon as they saw him. He seemed to follow them around the shop with his eyes saying : ‘Take me to your niece in the UK.’

‘I just love this one,’ said Aunt Saskia, ‘he’s really got soul.’

The shop assistant smiled back. ‘All are bears have something about them, but we aren’t allowed to say they’ve got ‘soul’, as it upsets some people, but what we do is we give each bear a ‘goal’, not a soul, but a goal, you see? Look, it’s tied round his neck. This bear’s goal is to ‘Make a child happy every day’.

Aunt Saskia put on her glasses and peered at the label. ‘Ah, so it is. I like that. Come and see this one Humphrey!’

Obedient to his wife, Humphrey crossed the store, holding a small brown bear with a label tied round its neck. Saskia told him about YY and the ‘goal’.

‘Say, that’s real nice, but I like this one too and it would fit in a suitcase,’ said Humphrey.  Saskia’s brow ruffled. ‘Yes, it is kind of cute, but Rosie might already have a bear that size. It’s rather ordinary and what’s its ‘goal’? Let’s have a look.


‘To be a very good bear,’ Aunt Saskia read out. ‘Oh no, that’s really boring. Oh, no, we can’t have a bear who just wants to be good and nothing else. You’ve got to put out to others in this life. You’ve got to make an effort!

‘But it’s only a bear,’ said Uncle Humphrey, ‘and it is rather large. They might not let it come on the ship! It takes up the space of a real person!’

‘Just to let them try and stop him coming!’ said Saskia, determined. ‘I want Rosie to get a present from us that she will never forget. This bear fills the bill.’

Uncle Humphrey did his famous shoulder lift and big sigh. ‘Humph’, he said, nothing more. Aunt Saskia got out her cheque-book and paid for the bear.

On the ship the bear sat next to Aunt Saskia. Children were forever coming over to stroke him, or even to hug him.

‘What’s his name?’ they would ask.

‘Oh, he doesn’t have a name yet,’ she would reply.

‘Why?’ each child would say.

Aunt Saskia would explain all about her niece Rosie. Every child who came along wanted to know the bear’s name. Uncle Humphrey began to humph.

‘Why? Why? Why do children always ask ‘Why’, why?

Aunt Saskia sat up straight, as the idea hit her between the eyes.

‘I know we’ll just call him YY, until Rosie gets him then she can decide on his name!’

Uncle Humph humphed once more, but it was a smiling humph, not a bothered humph.

YY made many children happy on the journey over to England and that made Aunt Saskia happy as she loved children, but had none of her own.

When Rosie saw YY, she gave him a great big hug and asked what his name was. Aunt Saskia had planned what she was going to say, so that Rosie could choose a name for him, but Uncle Humphrey being a little absent-minded just said ‘He’s called YY and everyone loves him.’ and he made a sort of apologetic but happy humph, towards Aunt Saskia, and that was that.

He is YY and he makes children happy (and quite a lot of big people too!).

Fay and the Birthday Present -Story about becoming aware of feelings 1: Selfishness and Generosity, for age 6-9

Key stage 1 PHSE curriculum: Becoming aware of Feelings: selfishness and generosity, for age 6-9


Fay and The Birthday Present


Fay was invited to her best friend’s party. Sally lived down the road at number 42 Dove Terrace. It was her birthday. Fay’s mum said “What do you think Sally would like for her birthday from you?”

 Fay said “I don’t have any money, I can’t buy Sally a present.”

 “What about the pocket money you’ve been saving in your special tin?”

 “Oh that’s for me, it’s not for other people!”

 “Oh I see. Did your friends bring you presents when they came to your party?”

“Yes but I think their mums paid for them.”

“How do you know that?”

“Oh, they must have done. They wouldn’t be spending their own money on me.”

“Oh so you’re just guessing then.”

“Well, it’s hard to save money because I always want to spend it on sweets. You don’t let me. You say I need to save up to get something really good. How can I get something really good if I’m always spending it on other people?

 “Always? How many presents have you bought for other people?”

“I haven’t bought presents for anyone.”

“Well, you’re going to learn about how nice it feels to be generous today – it’s nice to give other people presents. It shows them how much you really like them. You like Sally, don’t you?”

“Oh yes, she is my very best friend.”

“Well just think how nice it would be to go shopping and to choose something you know she would really like.”

Suddenly Fay’s eyes lit up. “Oh yes it would be good wouldn’t it? I could get her one of those special hulahoops that make a buzzy noise when they go round!”

Fay felt different – a warm feeling came over her. She felt excited for her friend because she knew she would enjoy the gift and Fay could say “I bought this for you myself,” and she would be showing Sally how much she liked her.

 Fay’s mum smiled.  “I see you got the idea about what giving presents is really for. It makes two people happy – the giver and the one who gets the presents.  People who don’t like giving presents don’t get the fun out of the giving and don’t give anyone else any fun either. That’s no way to be a friend is it?”

“But what about people who don’t have any money to spend? Are they sad because they can’t give presents?”

“No, they don’t need to be sad, because you can always think of something nice to do or to make for someone else.  As long as we aren’t selfish our friends will be happy with us, whether we are able to give them things or not.”

Fay bought a buzzing hulahoop for Sally.  She wrapped it in paper which had smiley faces all over it. The two girls spent a lot of time happily sharing the present.

the birthday present



  1. Does this remind you of anything in your life?
  2. Do you save your pocket money?
  3. Have you ever bought presents for other people with your pocket money?
  4. Do your parents always buy presents for your friends?
  5. If you give your friend at present that you have bought do you feel any different when you are giving it to them?
  6. Can you think of a word which is used about people who only do things for themselves and never think of other people?
  7. Can you think of a word which is used about people who are happy to give their time or their money to other people?

This story is an ideal subject for children to act out in class.  They will quickly understand the points being made and will enjoy making up their own improvisations and variations.