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COVID, Social Distancing, and Mask Books for Young Children

COVID Books

 

With everything going on surrounding COVID-19, it is highly recommended that adults talk to and have conversations with children about the disease, and all of today’s current procedures.  We have put together a list of books that talk about COVID, Social Distancing, and Masks that are geared towards young children.  Adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear — through books!

 

COVID/Coronavirus Books:

 


Social Distancing Books:

 


Mask Books:

 

 


Tips for talking to children (From CDC Website)

  • Remain calm. Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
  • Reassure children that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Let children know they can come to you when they have questions.
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
  • Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online. Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
  • Provide information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child. Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs. Remind children to wash their hands frequently and stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick. Also, remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • If school is open, discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.

Preschool Mardi Gras

Preschool-Mardis-Gras

Mardi Gras can be fun to celebrate with preschoolers.  Typically thought of as an adult theme, there is a lot of history and culture that are the center of Mardi Gras festivities.  Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.   Festivities begin at the beginning of February, leading up to Mardi Gras day, and consist of parades, dancing in the street, costumes and masked balls.

Here are some preschool Mardi Gras activities to try:

  • Make Mardi Gras Sensory Bottles – Fill empty plastic bottles with 1/3 karo syrup, 1/3 water with green, yellow or purple food coloring, and 1/3 cooking oil.  Add beads, and allow kids to shake the bottle to try to move the beads into the middle section.
  • Paint with Mardi Gras Beads – Set out paper, paint and strings of Mardi Gras Beads.  Have children dip beads into the paint and dab on paper for a unique collage.
  • Play ‘What’s Missing?’ – place several colored beads in front of children.  Ask them to turn around, and remove one color.  See who can guess what color beads are missing.
  • Mardi Gras Masks – give each child a Mask to decorate.  Provide beads, feathers, sequins, paper scraps, etc.
  • Play Jazz music for the kids to dance to.
  • Use Fruit Loops to make patterned necklaces.
  • Give children beads and ask them to make different shapes using the beads.

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