Kids & Family

‘Teddy Bear Hunts’ Bring Joy To Kids Stuck At Home

See how community-wide scavenger hunts are making coronavirus lockdowns much more "bear-able."

As communities all over the world continue to shelter in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, people are coming up with creative ways to keep their home-bound kids entertained.

One parent thought of the idea of putting stuffed teddy bears in windows so that children could go on "bear hunts" and count them when they go for walks in the neighborhood. The idea is based on the children's book, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," where a family travels through different obstacles to find a bear in its cave.

The Teddy Bear Hunt is based on the 1989 children's book written by Michael Rosen.@misssmythe_HT

The trend has been catching on all over the world and people are posting photos and videos from their Teddy Bear Hunts on social media using the hashtag #GoingOnABearHunt. A recent 'hunt' in a neighborhood in northeast Iowa resulted in children finding over 250 bears perched in windows.

Even the mayor was impressed by the community's effort to keep the kids smiling despite what's going on with the pandemic.

"Just kind of that community involvement, trying to pacify the children," Raymond, Iowa mayor, Gary Vick told The Courier. "They're adapting very well, and they're keeping their social distance. I'm just amazed at my community for what they've done."

The scavenger-hunt style game is offering a way for people to feel connected, even when social distancing is forcing us apart. It's also getting people outside of their homes to get some much-needed fresh air – an activity that helps ease the tension that comes along with being cooped up at home.

"The kids really enjoy going on walks, since that's the only thing we can leave the house for," San Diego resident Laura Villaros told NBC-7. "Looking for bears around the neighborhood gets them excited and gives them a sense of 'normal' while we are stuck at home."

What an awesome way to keep people connected while still keeping at a safe distance. We hope to see a lot more bears popping up in our neighbors' windows soon!

People all over the world are putting stuffed bears in their windows entertained during the crisis. @misssmythe_HT

How can you start something good?

You can do a search on Facebook to see if there's a bear hunt happening in your community. If not, why not start one?

If you'd like to participate in the bear hunt, the rules are simple:

Find a stuffed animal in your house.

Place it in a window facing the street.

Wait for children in the neighborhood to spot it.

That's it! What a fun, easy way to #StartSomethingGood!

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