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Taking kids out on a ‘bear hunt’

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Submitted Photo Roswell residents are putting teddy bears in their windows, like this one on Onate Road, for families to go on “bear hunts” for an activity during walking or driving while maintaining social distance.

Roswell parents or grandparents who are looking for ways to keep children occupied during a time of social distancing could always take them on a bear hunt.

A teddy bear hunt, that is.

Chrystal McClain saw the idea being used in other locations on Facebook, shared it with some friends and the idea has grown, with teddy bears appearing in windows or on front porches.

“It didn’t matter who you were, if you were a parent or not. They put teddy bears or bunny rabbits in windows and as kids went to go pick up their meals from school or to the store, they could do a teddy bear hunt,” McClain said.

Some people have even put teddy bears on their front porches, she said, including a friend of hers on Kentucky Avenue.

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“They were going to keep them out for the quarantine time,” she said.

McCain has not been able to take her own family out on a teddy bear hunt, she said. She’s a stay-at-home mom of nine children ranging in age from 3 months to 19 years.

“I have teenagers that are 17 and 19 that help me with the kids, so I don’t have to take them out, but other people do and it’s kind of a nice thing to distract them,” she said.

She said she’s always got projects going on to keep her children busy, especially do-it-yourself projects.

“I don’t have to adjust too much. I’m a stay-at-home mom and that is full-time like 10 other people’s full-time job,” she said.

Her husband, Jeremiah, manager of Zia Canna Grow and Care, is considered an essential worker. She said she has been busy lately helping people who are starting their own gardens.

She said she hopes families get some enjoyment out of searching for the teddy bears as they drive or walk around neighborhoods.

“I just think it would be a cool thing for anybody to participate in, give kids a little something to look forward to,” she said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.