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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Posted March 25, 2020
Education , Health

Since Londoners inspired by Michael Rosen’s book ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ introduced the idea of putting teddy bears in windows for children to count as they go on a family walk to social media - bear hunts through suburbs around New Zealand are taking off.

As the reality of schools and playgrounds being closed due to COVID-19 eventuates, forcing families to hunker down at home, bears have been popping up in windows and cars in all sorts of poses, bringing smiles to bored children.

Families are getting the kids off the couch and away from their screens to take a walk around their local streets to see how many bears their excited kids can find in local windows…or wherever.

And the bears move! They seem to have a mind of their own and are not content to stay put in the same place, which adds another dimension and makes going for a daily Bear Hunt to count bears and see what they’re up to an exciting prospect for the whole family.

With physical distancing a reality for all of us daily bear hunting is an adventure activity for families living together in isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown to enjoy each other’s company in the fresh air and wonder at the ability of a teddy to climb a flagpole or do hand stands in a bird bath.

You never know where you might see a bear, what they’ll be doing or how many you’ll count.

Note: Bear Hunting is an activity that should only be done with people living together in an isolation group. No bears have been harmed in the telling of this story.

Photo credit: Illustrations © 1989 Helen Oxenbury from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt™ by Michael Rosen