We recently featured a collection of Berenstain Bears jigsaw puzzles, which leads to another favorite part of the Bear Family memorabilia: games! More than two dozen Berenstain Bears board games, card games, and play sets have been produced, and no collection should be without them, especially games based on classic books like “Spooky Old Tree,” “Too Much Junk Food,” and “Messy Room.” And keep an eye out for a future blog post which will feature video games and computer software!
The earliest Berenstain Bears “games” were playsets made by Whitman in 1983 – the “Berenstain Bears Playset” and the “Berenstain Bears Treehouse Playscene,” which allowed kids to recreate their favorite scenes using a board, vinyl play pieces, and stand-up figures. Random House also made a similar set in 1989 using larger plastic figurines (you’ll recognize them as the same figurines distributed in McDonalds Happy Meals in 1986/1987). Likewise, RoseArt had a play set from 1991.
Card game and trading cards were the rage starting in the 1990s, with the “Allstars!” card game, Berenstain Bears Giant Card Game, Berenstain Bears storycards, and – finally – Berenstain Bear Join the Team card game in 2000.
Harmony Toy, Golden, and Briarpatch produced a variety of Berenstain Bears games from 1992 to 2000, before Childswork/Childsplay issued several board games, card games, and bingo games in 2009-2010.
The most recent game is “The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share,” made by Patch Games as part of their “Tales to Play” series.
Here’s a full list of Berenstain Bears games! Also check out my list of Berenstain Bears Video Games!
|Board Games, Card Games, and Playsets||Publisher||Year||Style|
|Berenstain Bears Lacing Cards||Whitman 4704/A7331||1983||Playset|
|Berenstain Bears Playset||Whitman 4301||1983||Playset|
|Berenstain Bears Treehouse Playscene||Whitman 4303||1983||Playset|
|Berenstain Bears Giant Card Game||Golden 4850||1983||Card|
|Too Much Junk Food Board Game (First Time Games)||Random House||1985||Board|
|Berenstain Bear Treehouse Playset||Random House||1989||Playset|
|Messy Room Board Game (First Time Games)||Random House||1989||Board|
|Spooky Old Tree Board Game (First Time Games)||Random House||1989||Board|
|Allstars! Card Game||Random House||1990||Card|
|Nature Walk Game (First Time Games)||Random House||1990||Board|
|Berenstain Bears Presto Magix Stick ‘n Lift Play Set||Rose Art 1866||1991||Playset|
|Giant Card Game (re-issue)||Western/Golden 4935||1991||Card|
|Berenstain Bears Storycards||Ken-Wis||1992||Trading cards|
|Hidden Honey Pot||Harmony Toy 9212||1992||Board (small)|
|Hide and Seek||Harmony Toy 9211||1992||Board (small)|
|So Much To Do Board Game||Harmony Toy 9201||1992||Board|
|Earthsaver Game||Golden 5080||1993||Board|
|Join the Team Card Game||Briarpatch 13301||2000||Card|
|Missing Dinosaur Board Game||Briarpatch||2000||Board|
|Tic Tac Toe||Berenstain Enterprises/Barnes & Noble||2003||Board|
|Keep Your Cool Bingo Game||Childswork/Childsplay 60281||2008||Bingo|
|Keep Your Cool Card Game||Childswork/Childsplay 60303||2008||Card|
|Good Behavior Bingo Game||Childswork/Childsplay 60283||2009||Bingo|
|Good Behavior Card Game||Childswork/Childsplay 60313||2009||Card|
|Talk About Feelings Bingo Game||Childswork/Childsplay 60282||2009||Bingo|
|Talk About Feelings Card Game||Childswork/Childsplay 60323||2009||Card|
|Learn to Make Friends Bingo Game||Childswork/Childsplay 1562||2010||Bingo|
|What Would a Friend Do Board Game||Childswork/Childsplay 1602||2010||Bingo|
|Learn to Share Board Game (Tales to Play)||Patch Games SMP-479||2011||Board|