Bear necessities for lockdown fun

Residents living in Manly are among those using their creativity to entertain young passersby.

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Going hard-out at Halloween is not the only thing that The Circle in Manly, and nearby streets, is known for.

During the lockdown, residents of this part of Whangaparaoa have found many fun and creative ways to support the Bear Hunt craze, as well as drawing positive messages in chalk.

The teddy bear hunt has been taking place around the world, inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, with thousands of Kiwis taking part around the country, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

It began with teddy bears placed in street-facing windows, allowing local children to “hunt” for bears in their neighbourhoods while out on local walks and bike rides.

But many Coast families have got creative with the idea, including those in The Circle.

Drawing in chalk has also been a way for children around the world to spread positive messages while in lockdown.

Another creative idea that has sprung up in Tindalls Bay is making sand sculptures, with individuals and those within their ‘bubble’ making many detailed and impressive works each day on the beach.

While in lockdown, exercise, including cycling, running and walking, in the local neighbourhood is permitted as long as you stay within your ‘bubble’ and at least 2m away from others. Dogs – which must surely be loving all the walks they are getting – must be on leads at all times.

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