With schools closing and people warned to stay home due to the coronavirus, parents and caregivers are working extra hard to keep their children engaged and not climbing the furniture. Fortunately it’s still safe to take brief, socially-distanced walks outside, provided there aren’t many others out and it’s done responsibly.
Just be careful — there are bears out there.
To heighten the fun of these jaunts, and keep local community spirit alive, people around the world are putting stuffed toys in their windows for children to spot on “bear hunts.”
It isn’t clear exactly where the trend started, but it’s gained momentum over the past few days.
The global hunt appears to have been inspired by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s 1989 children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, with many using the hashtag #GoingOnABearHunt. In the popular story, a group of brave children surmount numerous obstacles in a quest to “catch a big one” on a beautiful day.
Various furry creatures have appeared in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, while CTV News journalist Daniele Hamamdjian’s London street became a wildlife habitat after she shared the idea in a WhatsApp group.
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
My neighborhood is asking families to put a teddy bear in the window so families can go on a walk for a “Bear Hunt”. Such a great way to get people out of their homes at staggered times to get fresh air. Our little ones need this distraction and so do adults#InThisTogether pic.twitter.com/25LOeRT9Ss
— Tracey smith (@Tracey030507) March 19, 2020
A lady went around my estate today and asked people to put a teddy bear in their front window because she’s organizing a bear hunt for her kids and that’s the cutest thing that’s emerged from this week of isolation
— laura ☘️✨ (@whiskeyformayor) March 21, 2020
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