In countries currently under lockdown, schools and leisure facilities have closed their gates to the vast majority of children . Having to stay indoors for most of the day, children ’ s leisurescapes have been radically transformed . In these circumstances, instances have emerged from across the globe of children adapting to the lockdown in creative ways and constructing leisurescapes within the limits of the home, by putting up rainbows and teddy bears on windows and porches . Drawing upon media reports about children ’ s rainbow drawings and teddy bear hunts, in this paper, I deploy a sociological lens to demonstrate how children are using these leisure narratives as tools for participating in the wider conversation around the pandemic . At the same time, however, in pinning romanticized notions of hope and ‘ national spirit ’ upon the normative image of the child at play, media narratives are obfuscating the inequalities that fracture lived childhoods in the developed world.