Crooked ears, fraying stitches and questionable stains are all hallmarks of a child’s first best friend – their teddy. Slayers of nightmares and givers of the fluffiest hugs, today there’s one more role teddies are playing that’s bringing magic to your community when it needs it most.
During a streetwide stroll, you may have noticed a stuffed face peeking at you from behind curtains or between blinds. No, this isn’t the latest neighbourhood watch initiative. Instead, a new movement is calling for teddies to be placed in windows as part of a ‘bear hunt’ that’s bringing kids much-needed and safe entertainment to bear isolation.
The nationwide scavenger hunt gets the kiddos out of the house and on walks or drives with their parents to find as many of their local teddies as they can. Forget lunchtime handball; competitive kids can keep count to compare with their friends while those who prefer quality over quantity can snap pictures of their favourite finds. It’s the clever escape for when lockdown gets unbearable!
With over 20,000 members and more joining daily, the Facebook group We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Australia is the perfect starting point for your hunt. Members post a sneak preview of the stuffed critters waiting to be found, as well as their postcode so you can easily discover your neighbourhood’s plushest residents. And, if you want to bear with us, all you have to do is pop a teddy in your own window. Not only does it send the message that we’re here and connected, but it will also keep the smiles walking by, big and small.
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