Spreading Joy Around The Neighborhood

Isn’t it amazing how a little bit of forced isolation can spark so much creativity, flexibility and caring? I love seeing all the posts on social media about surprises appearing on porches, beautiful handmade pictures hanging in windows for all to enjoy, sweet chalk art on the sidewalks and neighbors having a block party where each family stays in their own yard, but there is connection and maybe bubbles!

Buggy and Buddy

Buggy and Buddy is one of my go-to sites to find ideas for things to do with my grandkids, and I am never disappointed. This latest posting is no exception. It’s all about spreading joy around your neighborhood and every one is a winner!

One super cute idea is called “Stuffed Animal Bear Hunt”. The idea is to put teddy bears or other stuffed animals in your front window so that anyone driving by can see them. It was inspired by the children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and is basically a type of scavenger hunt. Pile the kids in the car and take a drive around your neighborhood; see how many bears you can find. Simple and fun!

It’s disappointing that there won’t be any large egg hunts this Easter, at least not the usual with Peeps and candy eggs. That doesn’t mean there can’t be “Social Distancing” egg hunts!  On this site you can download a template of an Easter egg that the kids can color. Then tape your family’s colored eggs in your visible windows and let the hunt begin. Drive, bike or walk around and see how many eggs you can find.

Seeing a rainbow is always a special thing, so why not create rainbows with crayons, paints, fabric or any other materials you find around your house. You could even hang a prism in a sunny window to make rainbows all over the room. Sounds like a neat family project to me!

I really think you will enjoy the ideas on this site. Click here to get there.

– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!


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