A mass teddy bear hunt is under way around the world to help distract the millions of children locked down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teddy bear hunt now comes to Watford!
Stuffed toys are being placed in windows to give children a fun and safe activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents – as they might be allowed to go out once a day, however, they cannot meet their friends.
Initially, the hunt was inspired by the children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, written by UK author Michael Rosen, 1989. The book opens with the lines: “We’re going on a bear hunt/We’re going to catch a big one/What a beautiful day!/We’re not scared.”
Teddy bears have been spotted in windows around the world, including England, Australia, Canada and the US. Even New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, has joined in the hunt, putting two bears in the window of her family house in Wellington.
The game is a way to entertain children in isolation and the psychological boost is real; uniting neighbourhoods and giving children an exciting, social-distancing-safe scavenger hunt activity during coronavirus lockdowns.
Playdates might be on hold, but seeking out the stuffed animals is the new bearable activity – Join the hunt!