Families had several challenges to face during the Easter season when COVID-19 was spreading around the world. One of them was to find alternatives for the traditional activities that kids love, such as the annual Easter egg hunt.
One community in Rhode Island decided to create a Teddy bear hunt for kids to enjoy instead. It was an effort that cropped up all over the United States as families got in the car to escape the confines of their home occasionally.
It less than two weeks, about 19,000 people joined the Teddy bear hunt. Then you could post a picture online that showed others the creative positioning of the stuffed animal.
How the Teddy Bear Hunt Works
Teddy bears could sit in windows, on tree branches, or hang from lamp posts on a person’s property. Then families would walk down the street while practicing social distancing to find the stuffed animals posted in Facebook groups or similar communities.
Parents also had the option to put the kids in the car in some areas to drive around the neighborhood on this fun scavenger hunt. Then you would keep track of all of the ones that you could find.
The idea is based on an award-winning children’s book called We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, written in 1989 by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
Many Teddy bears hunts are continuing even after COVID-19 restricts started easing because of how much fun this distraction was for kids. You can also grab the picture book by Rosen and Oxenbury to watch animated cartoons of the story online.