SOUTHINGTON — Local children and families have been participating in a scavenger hunt to find Teddy bears.
The “Bear Hunt” is also taking place globally, encouraging children to look for the bears on windowsills. It is inspired by the 1989 children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen.
In Southington, Heidi K. Lounsbury organized the hunt.
“I talked to the two or three people in Southington ... and then I just went nuts,” she said.
Lounsbury started by posting messages in different Southington Facebook groups, including Southington Talks, Southington Happenings and Southington Strong.
“The posts are explaining why it’s great to get your kids out, but keeping the social distancing. Something fun to do,” she said.
Each day, the number of streets participating grows.
“We have 350 streets,” Lounsbury said. “That’s from my first post that I think was on March 28 ... In that short amount of time, Southington came together ... it is amazing.”
Businesses and organizations are also beginning to take part, including in other towns.
“We actually haven’t started it yet, but have plans to put up stuffed animals in our windows next week,” said Meg Cavicchi, head of youth services at the Meriden Public Library. “This week we put hearts in the windows to ‘spread love, not germs.’ ”
Lounsbury has plans to begin a second and third phase of the scavenger hunt in the coming weeks.
“The second phase will involve healthcare workers and all of the essential workers out there and the third phase is going to be amazing,” she said. “But I wanted to start with children first, then the medical professionals and the essential work force and then something for the whole community every night from 8 to 8:15.”