It's time to share your bears

Kids Can Fly is asking residents to display teddy bears in windows as part of an activity for children. Expositor Photo

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Kids Can Fly is urging people to share their bears.

The local group, which supports early childhood development, is creating virtual and neighbourhood-based activities for kids during the pandemic.

The latest, called The Great Teddy Bear Hunt, encourages people, young and old, to dig out their stuffed bears, or a picture of one, and set them in their front window.

The idea is for children to take a walk, spot the bears, count them, take a photo and share it on Facebook.

Teddy bears and other stuffed toys can provide comfort, especially in unusual situations, said Sharon Brooks, executive director of Kids Can Fly.

In these uncertain times we may be overlooking that children are feeling anxious due to the change of routines, social isolation and the impact this is having on the adults in their lives,” she said.

The Great Teddy Bear Hunt started Monday and runs to April 5.

Kids Can Fly is offering Facebook Live opportunities for children, including the reading of Imagination Library books, Monday to Friday, at 3 p.m. and live music time Tuesday to Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Both will focus this week on bear books, crafts and songs.

Additional ideas will be posted at www.kidscanfly.ca.

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