Local kids grin and “bear” it in fun neighborhood challenge during time off

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Stuffed animals that are part of the Bear Hunt. Picture courtesy of Ashleigh Chapman.

It’s called the “Bear Hunt” and Ashleigh Chapman, who lives in the Westwood Neighborhood in Magnolia, said the initial idea came from Cindy Chapman (no relation). The Bear Hunt gets kids and their parents to go looking for stuffed animals that are placed in the front windows or in front of houses in the neighborhood.

“She shared a meme on Facebook, and I reposted her meme to the Next Door app, and everything took off from there,” said Chapman.

Stuffed animals that are part of the Bear Hunt Challenge. Picture courtesy of Ashleigh Chapman.

Chapman said she was then contacted by another neighbor, Janice Nichol, who wanted to turn the fun game into a contest.  Chapman said Nichol was able to get a $20 gift card to Crust Pizza, and the contest officially started on March 23.

Stuffed animals that a part of the Bear Hunt Challenge.

Chapman explains how the kids play Bear Hunt.

“Step one involves getting an adult, a pen and a piece of paper. We are trying to encourage physical activity, so we prefer the kids to be walking, biking etc. “However, if the parents want to drive it is up to them,” said Chapman. “Step 2 is documenting every stuffed animal that you see. Some houses will have multiple animals. “The house number and street must also be documented.”

Stuffed animals that are part of the Bear Hunt Challenge. Picture courtesy of Ashleigh Chapman.

Chapman said step three involves turning the paper into the box located outside of her neighborhood office by the afternoon of April 8, with contact information on the paper.

Box that is part of Bear Hunt Challenge. Picture courtesy of Ashleigh Chapman.

“The kid who gets the most animals will win a $20 gift card to Crust Pizza. In the event of multiple winners, a drawing will be held to determined the winner,” said Chapman.

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