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We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 31st 2020
Look out for dropbears
We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Image: We're going on a Bear Hunt FB


We're going on a bear hunt, Sunshine Coast! Not for real bears, silly, we don't have any of those in Australia, except maybe . dropbears? Luckily for us, locals, dropbears only target people with strange accents, which means we, as Australians are theoretically dropbear proof!

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Luckily for us, dropbears only target people with strange accents ... Image: Drop-Bear-Sign via author www.iancoate.com


Based on the well-loved children's picture book, written by Michael Rosen, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, bear hunts are popping up all over the world, serving as a magical distraction to children during this stressful time of the Coronavirus. Nobody knows where it all began, but one thing is certain teddy bears and rainbows are popping up in gardens, in windows and even on fences to create captivating diversions for the littlies in our homes.

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Hanging out, waiting for the kids - Image: Leroy Stewart > We're going on a Bear Hunt Australia FB


More and more communities are holding their own 'bear hunts', inviting local residents to place teddy bears and other stuffed animals in visible locations. The main idea is that while parents and children are out, getting some much-needed fresh air, children get the opportunity to bear hunt, by looking out for cute and cuddly furry friends. I've noticed from images that it's much like 'Elf on a Shelf', teddies can be 'posed' in various locations, which all adds to the fun and excitement of deciding what teddy is actually doing.

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Perhaps I'll go looking for them ... nearly there! Image: Leroy Stewart > We're going on a Bear Hunt Australia FB


We're going on a Bear Hunt type of treasure hunt is becoming increasingly more popular during this scary time of isolation and lockdowns, as a result of the Coronavirus. Parents may well be successfully relaying the health and well-being important 'stuff' to their kids with regards hand washing, sleeping enough hours per night, eating healthier options, but addressing a child's mental health is on a totally different level.

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
And ... I'm out! Image: Leroy Stewart > We're going on a Bear Hunt Australia FB


Parents are advised, by the experts, to maintain a flexible schedule from home and to be honest and open about what is really going on, with regards the Coronavirus. Getting outdoors is also a very important mental and immunity health booster and thank goodness on the Sunshine Coast we haven't yet been put into total lockdown, so short walks are still permitted.

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Getting some sun! Image: Carly Hardwick > Going on a Bear Hunt Sunshine Coast FB


We're going on a Bear Hunt is a fabulous activity to connect communities with others in the neighbourhood, helping residents to feel more inclusive with and less isolated from, society. Bear Hunting is a safe outdoor activity where participants can easily manage to social distance, whilst being out and about having some good wholesome fun - bear spotting! A few teddy bear sightings will definitely help to boost the spirits of little kids and big kids too.

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Jay the Bear is catching up on chores today! Image: Melissa Appleton > We're going on a bear hunt Australia FB


If you would just love to join in on the We're going on a Bear Hunt treasure hunt game, by adding your own collection of furry friends to the world stage, please follow this highlighted link for a global map of teddies and their favourite spots. From a safety aspect, participants are requested not to put full home addresses in.

The Sunshine Coast has their own 'We're going on a bear hunt' Facebook page - a fun forum to follow to assist treasure hunters with 'finding' the elusive teddies! Why not combine looking out for furry friends with looking out for some inspirational painted rocks - there might be a few kindness rocks still out and about!

We're going on a bear hunt, dropbears, Michael Rosen, all over the world, magical distraction to children, teddy bears, rainbows, local residents, stuffed animals in visible locations, fresh air, walks, Elf on a Shelf, treasure hunt, Coronavirus, mental and immunity health booster, teddy bear sightings, boost the spirits, kindness rocks, happy bear hunting
Tea for three! Image: Kath Hobson > We're going on a Bear Hunt FB


A gentle reminder to bear hunters: Please note teddies love to be admired from afar and would rather not be touched.

🧸 Happy Bear Hunting, Sunshine Coast! 🧸
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Why? Getting outdoors is an important mental and immunity health booster
When: Anytime is a good time to go on a teddy bear hunt
Where: Sunshine Coast and surrounds
Cost: FREE activity
Your Comment
What a lovely article Elaine. I think everyone will be looking out for them now!
by Barry (score: 3|1684) 124 days ago
I love this. Great initiative.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2162) 121 days ago
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