25 Mar 2020

Teddy bears in windows to cheer up kids during lockdown

7:08 pm on 25 March 2020

Teddy bears are popping up in home windows across the country to give children something to look forward to on their neighbourhood walks during the lockdown.

Teddy bear in window to cheer up kids in neighbourhood during Covid-19 lockdown

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The bear hunt movement is taking off here, after proving popular overseas.

A Facebook page 'We're Not Scared - NZ Bear Hunt' has been set up to encourage people to place a teddy bear where it can be seen from the street.

Organisers say they have had an overwhelmingly positive response with over 8000 people following the page.

"We're Not Scared - NZ Bear Hunt is for your local streets, we are not encouraging travel across town to view other streets," they said on the page.

"We are permitted and encouraged to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air but must keep a 2-metre distance from others. Please don't go driving around for your hunt, but if you are on your way to essential services - make sure you keep an eye out for new bears."

They suggest those who have more than one teddy bear changes them around from time to time.

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