Feeling a little cooped-up at home? Are your kids starting to climb the walls without their usual routine, friends and family to visit during this period of community isolation? You’re not alone. Did you ever think you would miss the daycare runs and park visits quite this much?
We’re going on a hear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.
Since we can’t take the kids to the park, beach or most of our usual places to let them run a bit wild and expend all that pent-up energy, it’s no wonder we’re turning to the one thing we are still allowed to do – the never-fail neighbourhood walk.
It seems that families the world over are hitting the streets too.
And to help bring some cheer to this daily exercise, a global teddy bear scavenger hunt has begun – it’s probably happening in your neighbourhood already. You just have to know where to look …
To the parent (it’s gotta be a parent) who came up w/ this idea, THANK YOU. Explaining to a 4yr-old why playdates aren’t allowed anymore is heartbreaking, so “Going on a Bear Hunt” during our walks is the distraction we needed. Our street right now:#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/aOhSlmJsVJ
— Daniele Hamamdjian (@DHamamdjian) March 22, 2020
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Lions and tigers and teddies, oh my!
Inspired by the classic picture book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, households across the world are displaying teddy bears, toys and much-loved characters in their front windows for kids to count as they take their daily walk. They are displayed in all sorts of creative ways, keeping kids’ spirits high.
In Australia, there is even a Facebook group that will give you glimpses of where to find teddies in your area. So sweet. And proves once again just how creative people are when they have time on their hands!
Here are just a few of our faves.
— Moose_Squirrel (@MooseSquirrel11) April 5, 2020
— Chapel Hill Fire (@ChapelHillFD) March 30, 2020
— shmarieb (@shmarieb) April 6, 2020
— Dr Anna Sofia Serlachius (@SerlachiusAnna) April 1, 2020
We heard about this #bearhunt initiative which seems to have reached all the corners of the globe. We wanted to put a teddy or two in our window for a #LovedBeforebearhunt at HQ to join in, but look what happened when we tried that 😂 pic.twitter.com/otROYWd3rZ
— Loved Before (@LovedBefore_) April 2, 2020
— Beth Ferguson (@ayladan) March 31, 2020
— Mrs Sardines (@MrsSardines) April 4, 2020
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is taking it one step further, asking Kiwi kids to turn this idea into an Easter egg hunt for their neighbourhoods:
She even shared a printable so everyone can take part:
While we’re all feeling a little cooped-up during this tough period of isolation, it’s so heartwarming to see communities coming together to make the best of a beary tricky situation.
Hang in there, fams. And put out your teddies!