We’re going on a bear hunt! Amidst all the craziness of the COVI-19 pandemic a beautiful movement is underway.

As we head towards a lockdown situation and are encouraged to self-isolate and socially distance ourselves, teddy bears are making their mark. Socially distant bear hunts are popping up all around the world to distract children (and adults) from the viral pandemic.

What is a bear hunt?

It began in Wichita, or maybe Philadelphia, no one is quite sure. But one thing is certain — teddy bears are popping up in gardens, windows and on fences around the world. Creating some social-distancing magic for children during the global coronavirus pandemic.

So many Australian children know and love the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. It is now being turned into a game! Communities are being encouraged to put a teddy in a window for children to spot on their neighbourhood walks or drives. Teddies in windows bring some much-needed smiles in what is a very difficult time for many ♥️.

We are currently allowed to go for walks outdoors in Australia, provided the 1.5m distance rule is observed. Even a drive around your neighbourhood on a bear hunt can be fun.

Bear hunts create a sense of safety in the community. Teddy bears connect the community in a safe and secure way. With all the panic buying and ridiculousness going on a bear hunt is a positive community activity, a sign that people are looking out for each other.

New Zealand is already in lockdown. Alison put the call out to her family members and friends to get involved and pop their Tambo Teddies in the window. Her daughter, Fiona lives with her Tambo Teddy Gartmore Gus in Wellington. Fi sent through photos of Gus squashed up against the window prompting Alison to comment, ‘he looks like he wants to escape’.

Fi quipped back, ‘As do we all!’

Through the trying times ahead we all need to do what we can to create a little happiness for others. Why not pop your Tambo Teddy in your window and share a little joy!

Don’t forget to send us your photos and post them on the ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Australia’ Facebook page.

Let’s create an online Bear Hunt to share!