Be Kind to Kids
Parents, family members, and other trusted adults play an important role in helping children understand the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, as well as reduce fear and anxiety around what they may be overhearing. Below are some ideas on how to help little ones during this time.
Having regular and reassuring family discussions in a supportive environment creates an opportunity to check-in with children to find out how they are feeling and answer their questions.
Follow these useful tips on how to talk to children about COVID-19.Using pictures to discuss COVID-19 as a family can help educate children on what the disease is, how it is spread, and how to protect themselves as well as others.
Download the free printable ‘My name is Coronavirus’ activity picture book here
Play is essential to the learning, development, confidence and wellbeing of all children. Here are 50 activity ideas to keep busy toddlers active at home.
For more information, ideas and resources on how to support, protect and entertain your children during the evolving situation around COVID-19, follow Parent Place Ballarat on Facebook
Join one of the Ballarat Libraries’ online storytelling sessions.
Are your kids upset about missing out on your annual camping trip? Why not set up the tent in the backyard and share some hot chocolate while gazing at the stars.
Cosmic Kids Yoga has fun, free yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos on YouTube.
Author Kim St Lawrence has created Time to Come in, Bear, a short video story about social distancing, to provide comfort to little ones in uncertain times.
Get moving at home with the Premier’s Active April initiative.
Join Play School’s Emma and Matt for a special COVID-19 episode as they help explain some of the big questions, from staying at home to washing your hands.
The e-book and audio book versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are available for free in April with your Ballarat Libraries membership.
Get up close with life-size Augmented Reality animals in the comfort of your lounge room.
Children (and adults!) can join popular children’s author Mo Willems in his home studio for free online workshops.