Children are posting rainbow drawings in windows and Google Maps is tracking it

Around the country and the world, people are finding ways to (safely) connect with others while remaining at least six feet apart. People are having neighborhood singalongs. Teachers are driving by their students’ homes to say hello. Neighborhoods are hosting “bear hunts” (or other stuffed animal “hunts”) by putting stuffed animals in their windows for children to look for during a walk. People around the world are also painting rainbows and putting the pictures in their windows, and Google Maps is helping people find them:

Children from across the world are spreading cheer in the simplest way amid the global pandemic.

Photos have surfaced in multiple countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada, of kids painting rainbows and posting them in their windows to cheer up people passing by.

Manchester, England, resident Vicky Corbley shared a photo on Twitter of her kids’ paintings that included uplifting messages like “don’t worry,” “we’ll get through this,” and “stay safe.”

Another sweet sign said, “Thank you to our delivery drivers and postmen.”

“I think we all need all the positivity we can get right now,” Corbley told a local news outlet. “Everywhere we look on social media, it’s full of people panicking, worrying, scared.”

“So doing something like this hopefully will lift people’s spirits, even if it’s just a smile… plus it’s keeping kids busy, too!”

The same is being done in the U.S. — and it has even led to a rainbow scavenger hunt ensuing for the children, an outdoor option for those living in places that are not under a Shelter in Place or Stay at Home order, which restrict activities outside.

News reporter TaRhonda Thomas tweeted two photos of a family she encountered during a rainbow scavenger hunt in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood.

“Quality Time: Spotted this cute family doing a scavenger hunt in Queen Village! People put up photos of rainbows… a Facebook group maps them… and the kids have to spot them,” Thomas wrote.

Google Maps has also gotten in on the fun, creating a map of all the participating homes in the nearby area. Community members are able to access the map and even add their own home to it.

[From People]

Brooklyn’s map is linked here. You can move around the map beyond Brooklyn and see other rainbows, too. All of these ideas are so simple, so sweet, and a fun way to keep kids entertained while they can’t go to school or socialize with friends. They all get to participate safely in a shared activity. And, in the case of the rainbows, they get to create something and share it. There’s no perfect substitute for not able to play up-close with your friends, but I’m moved by the new ways that people have found to be together while remaining at a safe distance.

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  1. goofpuff says:

    I do love the creativity that has come out during this time of crisis. It does help bring an uplifting story to all the idiocy going on in the world.

    • Tate says:

      When the shutdowns started two weeks ago we bought a bunch of canvases and paints. I have 14 and 16 year old daughters who know what is happening. Every single day they have been painting for 2-3 hours. It is very therapeutic for them.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m loving seeing all the rainbows and creativity on my walks to the shops or during my (government sanctioned) daily exercise.

  3. Lisa says:

    Really sweet.

    • Snappyfish says:

      It is v v sweet. Where I live people are placing Teddy bears in the windows & children walking with their parents can go on a “Teddy Bear Hunt”

      You can’t see our windows from the road so we have placed stuffed horses & a teddy bear at the farm gate.

  4. outofthecloset says:

    Keep posting this kind of content, and you’re going to have to change the name of this site to Cele-nice.

    I loved reading this!

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    That’s awesome. Sweet little things. My son and his classmates are engaged in strategic warfare on the Xbox. SSDD. I’m so proud

    And I put on some makeup today. When the boys see me, they won’t know what to say or do. “Do we act shocked? Simply smile? Ignore? Son, we’re screwed any way we put it.”

  6. KellyRyan says:

    We live in a mountain community in CA where wildlife is the norm. Coyotes howl, bears break into homes, rattle snakes search for water in the summer too close to home. We have a group of young people and teens who do a nightly howl across our county highway. Yes, we’re enjoying it :)

    They’ve been nicknamed the PMC Tribe. I’ve called them Coyote Kids.

  7. Michelle says:

    I have participated in a Spirit Week with my coworkers from home and it has been a lot of fun. I just heard about the Bear Hunt so I dug through my daughters old stuffed animals and found one to put in the window. Since I am working from home for the time being I am noticing there are a lot of people going out for walks. These are some sweet ideas and I hope the kindness of others spreads faster than this virus!!

  8. Doodle says:

    We did this in my hood but with clovers in the window at Valentine’s Day. I’ll have to float the rainbow idea since the bears in the window didn’t work – the bears kept falling down.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Love this! The Italian ones are especially beautiful, with their words of encouragement.

    My town had a rainbow hunt last weekend for kids, I put one up on my front door.

  10. MangoAngel says:

    People in our neighborhood, and surrounding ones throughout our city, are putting teddy bears or other stuffed animals in windows so people can play a bit of socially-distant scavenger hunting.

    It’s been really adorable. We have a great big Grumpy Bear in our front window.

  11. pottymouth pup says:

    apparently the homophobes are clutching pearls at being assaulted all those rainbow drawings children are doing and parents are putting in windows

    honestly, it doesn’t matter what country they’re in, the RWNJs are just bonkers

  12. Guesting says:

    My town is doing smiley faces in the windows which is lovely and touching to see.