COVID-19 Resources for Your Children

Thank you, Teacher Iona, for curating and compiling this list of COVID-19 Resources for Children! 

The post below originally appeared here.

Hi everyone!

To help make this list more useful, I’ve written suggestions FOR WHOM each resource would be good (considering age/ability appropriateness) and HOW parents can use it (considering how new concepts are processed best with our students).

This information, along with a link to a good quality youtube video for that resource, is in the caption of each photo. 😊

With children staying home from school, there have been lots of online resources made available to help them continue their learning while out of school (if you need help finding these, let me know!).

This post, however, is focused on learning resources that would be helpful in explaining what is happening in the world right now with the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a teacher, I understand the need for good quality educational resources at a time like this! (If we ourselves are searching for clear explanations of current issues, what more our children who are still forming their understanding of the world?)

That is why I’ve compiled online resources which I feel are good quality and would be helpful for children to understand our current experience, from germs, to hand washing, to what COVID-19 is, to being on lockdown. (There are WAYYY more out there, but these are the ones that I found to be most useful!! 😁)

Please feel free to share this post!

I will be adding to this list, as the days go by. If you have any suggestions for WHO and HOW these resources can be used or more online resources for these topics, please let me know. 😊

Stay safe, everyone!
, Teacher Iona

NOTE: Children have diverse needs and interests! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Therefore, the age and activity guides for these resources are just suggestions.

Because YOU know your child best, I’d recommend using my captions as a guide but also watching the videos yourself to see which resources would work for your child. 😊

RECOMMENDATION: We would usually just pick ONE video/resource per day, so as not to overwhelm our students with information and to allow them time to process the information.

Also, some children enjoy or benefit from repetition so don’t be afraid to (1) rewatch a video, a few days after initially presenting it or (2) watch a video that covers similar content to one that was presented the day before.

Alternatively, it would be good to ask your children what questions they have about COVID 19

SICK SIMON By Dan Krall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIWXpiy8wwo

Who? Children (usually around 4-5 years old and up) who have an understanding of how their actions may affect other people.

How? This story can help us understand SOCIAL DISTANCING AND VIRAL SICKNESSES. After the video, have a talk with your children about how people with COVID-19 are like Sick Simon, even if they might not look like it. WE could also be Sick Simon and not realize it! Help your child to understand why, at this moment, even healthy (or healthy-looking) people need to stay indoors.

CORONAVIRUS By The Peekaboo Kidz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-JbDMYmAQM

Who? Children (usually around 7 years old and up) who have a basic understanding of the human body (germs and being sick) and have been hearing the word ‘CORONAVIRUS,’ and what to gain more technical knowledge about it.
 
How? This video can be helpful in understanding the general picture of why people are especially worried about COVID-19 and why the word CORONAVIRUS is being heard everywhere. Because the video synthesizes everything that’s happening, and children might find it helpful to have pauses during the video to further explain and discuss what is being said.
They might also be eager to share what they already know about the coronavirus, how we get sick, and the preventive measures that we are called to take. This sharing can be encouraged, so that children can also synthesize their knowledge about current events.

I’M BORED by Michael Ian Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6y7W1Q0Udk

Who? Children (ages 3 years old and up) who enjoy visual storytelling and silly stories and are feeling bored.
 
How? This story can help children cope with LOCKDOWN and being stuck at home by coming up with things that kids can do when they feel bored. While reading this book, enjoy a laugh with your kids. If they’re feeling up for it, pause during the some of the activities that the girl in the story book is doing to elaborate on the activity (e.g. “What can the fairy princess with her own dragons, unicorns, and stuff do? What kind of dance routine could they do together?” or “Kids can jump! How high can you jump? Do you think I could jump higher?”).
Take note of which activities seem fun to them, and suggest a game after the book that connects to that activity (BUT if they’re not up for it, that’s okay too!!)

ANSWERING KID’S QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS by Children’s Hospital Colorado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSsKQPqpS7A

Who? Children (usually around 7 years old and up) who have a basic understanding of the human body (germs and being sick) and have been hearing the word ‘CORONAVIRUS,’ and what to gain more technical knowledge about it.

How? This video can be helpful in understanding the general picture of why people are especially worried about COVID-19 and why the word CORONAVIRUS is being heard everywhere. Because the video synthesizes everything that’s happening, and children might find it helpful to have pauses during the video to further explain and discuss what is being said.

They might also be eager to share what they already know about the coronavirus, how we get sick, and the preventive measures that we are called to take. This sharing can be encouraged, so that children can also synthesize their knowledge about current events.

CORONAVIRUS EXPLAINED By Dr Michelle Dickinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPsY-jLqaXM

Who? Children (usually around 7 years old and up) who have a basic understanding of the human body (germs and being sick) and have been hearing the word ‘CORONAVIRUS,’ and what to gain more technical knowledge about it.

How? This video can be helpful in understanding the general picture of why people are especially worried about COVID-19 and why the word CORONAVIRUS is being heard everywhere. Because the video synthesizes everything that’s happening, and children might find it helpful to have pauses during the video to further explain and discuss what is being said.

They might also be eager to share what they already know about the coronavirus, how we get sick, and the preventive measures that we are called to take. This sharing can be encouraged, so that children can also synthesize their knowledge about current events.

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK By Dr Panda TotoTime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkUlCIFE45M

Who? Children (usually around 5 years old and up) who have a basic understanding of the human body (germs and being sick) and have been hearing the word ‘CORONAVIRUS,’ and want to understand why it’s such a big deal in the news and our communities.

How? This video can be helpful in understanding the general picture of why people are especially worried about COVID-19 and why the word CORONAVIRUS is being heard everywhere. Because the video synthesizes everything that’s happening, and children might find it helpful to have pauses during the video to further explain and discuss what is being said.

They might also be eager to share what they already know about the coronavirus, how we get sick, and the preventive measures that we are called to take. This sharing can be encouraged, so that children can also synthesize their knowledge about current events.

GERM SMART by Saskatchewan Health Authority – Saskatoon area https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoxdS4eXy18

Who? Children (usually around 4 years old and up) who have developed abstract thinking or participate in IMAGINATIVE/PRETEND play so they that they can imagine that the germs in the video are invisible but very present on their hands too.

How? This video can help us understand GERMS and the importance of HAND WASHING. It includes a song for hand washing that younger kids might find fun to sing, so you can explore learning and singing this song with them afterwards.

GERMS, GERMS, GERMS by WonderGrove Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMbCZfb5k3M

Who? Children (usually around 4 years old and up) who have developed abstract thinking or participate in IMAGINATIVE/PRETEND play so they that they can imagine that the germs in the video are invisible but very present on their hands too.

How? This video can help us understand GERMS and examples of ‘cues’ for when we should wash our hands of these germs (e.g. before eating). Either during that scene or after the video, have a talk with your children about the different parts of their daily routine/activities (e.g. going outside, touching their face) when there will be invisible germs on their hands.

THE NAPPING HOUSE By Audrey Wood (Illustrated by Don Wood)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uhyQqXs-8E

Who? Children (ages 2 years old and up) who enjoy word play, repetition/routines, and colorful visuals.

How? This story could help children deal with LOCKDOWN and being stuck at home, if people are often napping or not doing much activities by making light of nap time. While reading (maybe if it’s your third go with the book), you might ask your child to fill in the sentences. You can also create a beat or tune for the repeating words.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS? By FreeMedEducation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTYfke545vI

Who? Children (usually around 7 years old and up) who have a basic understanding of the human body (germs and being sick) and have been hearing the word ‘CORONAVIRUS,’ and what to gain more technical knowledge about it.
 
How? This video can be helpful in understanding the general picture of why people are especially worried about COVID-19 and why the word CORONAVIRUS is being heard everywhere. Because the video synthesizes everything that’s happening, and children might find it helpful to have pauses during the video to further explain and discuss what is being said.
They might also be eager to share what they already know about the coronavirus, how we get sick, and the preventive measures that we are called to take. This sharing can be encouraged, so that children can also synthesize their knowledge about current events.

BORED BILL By Liz Pichon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df2dt_zl0n4

Who? Children (ages 5 years old and up) who can sustain attention for longer story books and enjoy visual/imaginative story telling.

How? This story engages children in imagining a bored dog going on an adventure and can help them deal with LOCKDOWN and being stuck at home. While reading the book, feel free to react to how silly Bill’s adventure is. Afterwards, talk about an imaginary planet/world that you might be able to create in your home, just like Bill visited an out-of-this-world place that had aliens and alien food! (BUT if they’re not up for it, IT’S FINE!)

HAND WASHING FOR KIDS by Billy Gorilly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr6GQN-z_2s

Who? Children (usually around 2 years old) who have difficulty understanding abstract concepts and need a fun way of being introduced to germs and hand washing.

How? This video provides a very basic understanding of GERMS AND HAND WASHING. After watching the video, you can sing the song again with your child and integrate it into your daily routine while washing your hands.

Do you have anything you want to add to this list?

Feel free to drop it in the comment box below!

We can do this!

Keep safe,

Argel Tiburcio

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