Socially distant bear hunts …

Socially distant bear hunts …

- popping up all around the world to distract children from coronavirus

Posted on 26.03.2020

It began in Wichita, or maybe Philadelphia, no one is quite sure.

But one thing is certain — teddy bears and rainbows are beginning to pop up in gardens, windows and on fences around the world to create some social-distancing magic for children during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Schoolteacher Beth Gibson has just finished a bear hunt in the “small, close-knit community” of Gibson County in the United States.

She didn’t know where the trend began, but saw a post about it on Facebook and decided to give it a go.

She said the isolation had been tough; she missed her students and her son missed his friends.

“I was searching for scavenger hunt-type activities that our kids could get out of the house to do while still socially distancing and came across this idea,” she said.

“I knew the kids would love going around to find stuffed animals, but I also knew people in our community would participate even if they had no kids, just to put a smile on their faces.”

“The kids don’t understand what’s really going on, so before we go on complete lockdown we can spot these teddies

‘There’s one, there’s another one, and another one.’

She doesn’t understand that we can’t do things so she was really excited and wants to do it again.”

Rachel Clayton
ABC News






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