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Worldwide Teddy Bear Hunt Is The Most Adorable Way To Keep Children Entertained During Lockdown

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Worldwide Teddy Bear Hunt Is The Most Adorable Way To Keep Children Entertained During Lockdown

A children's teddy bear hunt which began in Reykjavík has gone global - and it's a wonderful way to keep little ones entertained during their daily walk during lockdown.

The super-cute concept was first introduced to lift the spirits of Icelandic children during quarantine, and has proved so popular that it's now springing up in countries around the world.

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Want to get involved? The premise is to display stuffed toys in a visible spot, on a ledge or a window sill.

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Children can then keep an eye out for teddies as they walk by and count the number they've spotted on their walk.

The scavenger-style hunt takes inspiration from Michael Rosen's children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt, published in 1989.

The idea began in Reykjavík to keep Icelandic children entertained and has spread around the globe (Credit: PA Images)
The idea began in Reykjavík to keep Icelandic children entertained and has spread around the globe (Credit: PA Images)

It's a simple but genius way to turn a daily walk into an exciting bear-hunting adventure - and provides a welcome distraction in uncertain and challenging times.

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Today, teddy bear hunts have spread beyond Scandinavia and are springing up in New Zealand and Australia, along with the United States and Belgium.

Parents have shared their experience of the teddy bear expedition on social media, posting pictures of the toys displayed in their neighbourhoods.

The simple premise is to display stuffed toys on a ledge or a window sill so that children can count them (Credit: PA Images)
The simple premise is to display stuffed toys on a ledge or a window sill so that children can count them (Credit: PA Images)

Explaining the concept of a lockdown to children can be challenging for parents and little ones may struggle to understand the rules laid out during the pandemic.

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Some participants have even placed their treasured teddies two metres apart to respect social distancing, making the experience as informative as it is adorable.

Others have displayed their teddies wearing masks, with easy-to-read words about hygiene for educational purposes.

The premise turns a daily walk into an adventure for children and provides a distraction during uncertain times (Credit: PA Images)
The premise turns a daily walk into an adventure for children and provides a distraction during uncertain times (Credit: PA Images)

Elsewhere, people are posing their favourite stuffed toys alongside uplifting words and images - not dissimilar to the colourful drawings of rainbows which have been pinned up in windows around the world to spread positivity.

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A teddy safari? We're here for this spirit-lifting idea.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Children, Life News, Entertainment, lockdown

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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