Teddy bear hunts gain popularity

by Jason Bain | March 30, 2020
A vintage teddy bear with the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” (Photo by Jason Bain)

A different kind of bear hunt is underway this spring – one that is providing excitement for families isolated as a result of the global pandemic.

Stuffed animals are appearing in windows around the world for social-distancing safe “Teddy bear hunts” for children during coronavirus lockdowns.

The hunts are inspired by the award-winning 1989 book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

It opens with the lines: “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.”

Here are some examples of what participants are doing in Ontario, including in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Upper Beaches in Toronto, and Bradford.

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