Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/04/2020. Tags: Parenting
Residents of Stoneybatter in Dublin are "bringing colour to their streets" by putting teddy bears in their front windows for children to spot while out walking around with parents.
Resident Síona Cahill was inspired to put cuddly toys in her window after hearing about other teddy bear hunts happening around the world designed to entertain children during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms Cahill first displayed her bear, Ted, in her window along with a note encouraging others in the area to join in the fun.
"We put a note in my window saying, '#TeddyBearHunt', asking people to put a teddy bear in their windows as well so kids when they're walking by can actually count all the teddies they have seen," said Ms Cahill.
There are now just over 100 bears for children to spot in windows around Stoneybatter.
Many of the bears also come with important words of advice for children during this difficult time.
"Ted, who is my bear, says to wash your hands and look after your family during this time," said Ms Cahill
A mass teddy bear hunt is happening around the world which was inspired by the children's book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, written by UK author Michael Rosen.
Síona Cahill is encouraging other community around Ireland to join in the mass teddy bear hunt under the hashtag #TeddyBearHunt.
"This is just something nice to do and particularly at the moment where everything is so serious. The news is foreboding. It's kind of scary. People are talking in very harsh terms.
"I think having some colour on our streets, it's just adding a little bit of interest and intrigue and a little bit of magic back into our day," said Ms Cahill.