Stuffed animals could be a new cure for cabin fever

2 months 4 days 9 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 3:56:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
By: Jensen Nocera, Reporter, KOMU 8 News
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MEXICO - Stuffed animal hunts are the new cure for the ever-increasing cabin fever facing many mid-Missourians.

This new twist on scavenger hunts was inspired by the children's book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Neighborhoods and businesses are putting stuffed animals out on porches, window sills and in cars for people to "hunt."

"This is a healthy activity where stir crazy families can go outside while staying safe and still having fun," explained Greta Howard, Toys for Tots coordinator. 

One Mexico mother hopes to alleviate tensions throughout her community by participating.

"Our kids don't really know what's going on, so I feel like it's important for us to give them something to do, kind of bring light to this weird situation we're all going through," Melissa Loyd said. 

The bear scavenger hunts can be found all over mid-Missouri and one interactive teddy bear map already has more than 1,900 views.

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