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Teddy bear hunt helps children have fun during COVID-19 pandemic

This idea is gaining traction on social media.

Neighborhoods in the Shoals are finding creative ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

People are placing stuffed toys in their windows for children to enjoy

Members of the community are now placing teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their windows and around their front yard, which creates a fun scavenger hunt for families walking or driving through the neighborhood while still staying safe and maintaining social distancing guidelines. And families are encouraged to find as many teddy bears as they can and post their pictures on social media.

The idea has gained traction on social media with cities all across the country. We first found out about this trend from a Facebook post by one Shoals resident asking people to participate and a running list is being kept of all the neighborhoods involved in the hunt.

Why a bear hunt? It’s all based on a popular children’s book called “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.”

Parents say this game serves as a reminder to always look for the good in the world. And it’s also a great way to take everyone’s mind off what’s happening.

So what do you think? Is your neighborhood going on a bear hunt?

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