Communities across the country are hosting “teddy bear hunts” to help kids and their parents cope with being cooped up because of the coronavirus. The charming trend has also spread to neighborhoods in Brussels, London and Reykjavik.
— Kate Browne (@KateBrowne7) March 26, 2020
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT!
*at appropriate and safe distances🐻
Inspired by @MichaelRosenYes‘s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, @GUvolunteer is asking @UofGlasgow students/staff to make your street a little more teddy bear. We’re kicking off: #TeamUofG #GoingOnABearHunt @gusrc✌️❤️ pic.twitter.com/kJkSSrE73C
— GU Volunteering (@GUvolunteer) March 25, 2020
On the Hunt for Huggable Bears
What’s a teddy bear hunt?
It means neighbors put stuffed teddy bears in their windows or on their porches. When parents and their children walk around the neighborhood, they count how many teddies they see. It’s a distracting, entertaining activity kids can do while they’re in social isolation.
Took our girls on a Bear Hunt today! Spotted 35 bears on our walk 🐻 Love that our city / neighborhood have these search & find activities for families to do together outside! What activities are your neighborhoods doing to keep everyone’s spirts up? #familytime #goingonabearhunt pic.twitter.com/9TKM1UFsnT
— Emily Brown (@ELLteacherlady) March 25, 2020
— DanaLibrariana (@DanaVLema) March 27, 2020
Teddy Bear Hunts Get Everyone Involved
Shanna Bonner Groom, who got her Murfreesboro, Tennnessee, neighbors to stage a hunt, said half the homes in her 200-house neighborhood are now participating, even houses where no little kids live.
“We have some houses where probably every stuffed animal they own is stuffed into a window,” she told Time magazine.
— joanne allen (@jocreates2day) March 25, 2020
Found this one over the weekend in Fairy Lake, Newmarket pic.twitter.com/xu9BmRb9Wz
— Jennifer Jeffries (@Mrs_Jeffries) March 24, 2020
They’re Creating Community
Some people have added a whole variety of wildlife to the mix. Children have spotted stuffed dogs, ducks, reindeers, possums and foxes while on the hunt.
The hunt also gives parents a chance to get out of the house. In an NBC News Report, people said the bear hunts show that people care about each other.
Some people used the opportunity to show off their creativity.
In the UK, the owners of a home in Heaton Moor caught everyone’s attention for their bear displays. Every day, they pose two life-size bears doing activities like housework, gardening and laying concrete. The Moor Bears now have their own Instagram page.
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Is your community doing a teddy bear hunt?
— Dr. Brad Yates (@BHMSD_Brad) March 31, 2020
Looking forward to my afternoon walk to count all of the bears looking out for our #hometownheroes. #goingonabearhunt @SIBOD31 @vgallassio @ExecSupALodico @AnzaloneD31 @Drdididiva #SIStrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/FyinUtg8wM
— Traci Frey (@FreyTB) March 30, 2020
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