Going on a Bear Hunt around your local neighbourhood in Adelaide
A beautiful community idea has taken off around the world, based on the much loved children’s book “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt”
To join in the fun, simply put a teddy bear in the front window of your home so families walking past can spot the bear! If you don’t have a window that a teddy bear would be seen easily, you could put one on your porch or anywhere at the front of your house that can be spotted. Social distancing restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 are currently being enforced, so please use common sense and only walk in small family groups currently living together. When taking the kids on a bear hunt, remember the correct social distancing rules and keep at least 1.5 metres away from others. These restrictions are constantly changing, but we are currently allowed outside to exercise so long as we abide by the rules.
You could also go for a drive in the car if you prefer to stay off the footpaths and still participate in your ‘bear hunt’. Perhaps share the idea with your family and friends who live in other suburbs and plan a drive-by past the addresses you are already familiar with.
Join the Facebook Group ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Australia’ to see what everyone is doing – it currently has 4,200 members (as at 25 March 2020).
Join our Play & Go Community Facebook Group here to let us know if you are participating locally.
It’s community-minded ideas like this which will help to lift the spirits of young children during a stressful and very difficult time for many families. Enjoying a little time outdoors and waving to neighbours from afar keeps us connected. Currently in Australia there are more and more children staying at home and getting some exercise is important for healthy bodies and minds. This activity is a wonderful way to make social distancing and self-isolation restrictions more bearable for kids (pun intended). The hashtag #putyourteddyout is gaining momentum with pics of teddies on social media.
This neighbourhood game was inspired by the book ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, which celebrated 30 years in 2019. The book is known around the world as a classic children’s story for parents to read to their children. Since its publication, the book has never been out of print and has reached sales of more than 9 million copies.
If you don’t already have a copy of this iconic book you can buy online here: