We're going on a bear hunt

Neighbourhoods creates teddy bear hunt to bring joy to children.

Teddy bears are popping up in front windows across the world as a novel way to keep kids entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.

Inspired by Michael Rosen’s classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the teddy bears give bored kids something to spot while they’re out for a walk.

Households which don’t have windows visible from the street have been popping their bears in gardens and cars.

In a Facebook post, founder of the We’re going on a bear hunt Australia group Kate Mercer said the teddies would bring joy to children who may be struggling with social restrictions.

“Teddies in windows are likely to bring some much-needed smiles in what is a very difficult time for many,” Ms Mercer said.

More than 8000 people had joined Ms Mercer’s group with more than 500 posts of bears and their locations added each day.

Ms Mercer urged bear hunters to follow health and safety guidelines.

“Please use common sense. We are currently allowed to go for walks outside in Australia, as long as it’s not in groups, and must observe the 1.5m distance requirement,” she said.

“If you are in a busy neighbourhood where this is too difficult to manage, go for a driving hunt instead.”

Queensland parents can join the Teddy Bear Hunt Queensland Facebook group to find bears in their neighbourhood.

Individual suburbs have also organised their own local Facebook groups and bear hunting events.