Cabin fever is getting the best of everyone. Cooped up inside, with schools and parks closed, there’s only so many episodes of Dinotrux a parent can take. At least the weather is warming up, and walks (with appropriate social distancing, of course!) are encouraged as a great way to break up the monotony of staying inside.
One trend that’s sweeping the nation is neighborhood teddy bear hunts. Although we’re not sure where this started, or who started it (but come on, y’all know it was a mom!), teddy bear hunts are a fun way to engage kids, connect with neighbors, and exercise at the same time.
Here’s how it works: start a chat among your neighbors on NextDoor, neighborhood Facebook groups, group chats, or any way you typically communicate digitally with your neighbors. Ask them to place a teddy bear in a window that’s visible from the street. Any window, and any size, shape, or color bear will do. Then, take your kids for a walk around the block to see if you can spot them all. You could even print a map using Google Maps and ask kids to mark off “bear sightings!”
Want to add even more silly fun? You can sing “Going On A Bear Hunt” before, during, or after your neighborhood bear hunt! This silly song is a summer camp favorite, and sure to keep your kids giggling all day long.