Three Fun Things To Do With Your Kids To Spread Hope Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Kids all over Australia have been drawing, baking and writing to express their gratitude to our health workers and essential services workers.
Here are some inspirational activities to do with your kids as the nation continues to self-isolate to flatten the coronavirus curve.
Take Part in the Rainbow Trail
Source: SBS News – Photo of children in Tamworth Sydney and their pathway art.
Kids all over the world have been putting rainbows on windows, in cards, and on driveways. The rainbow has become a symbol of hope and gratitude as kids worldwide are forced into quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.
In Australia, a Facebook group started Rainbow Trail to encourage others to draw rainbows and write messages on footpaths and streets. Started on 21st March, the group now has nearly 140,000 members and the Rainbow Trail has spread across all states.
Chalk messages have become a way to help Aussies stay connected during the pandemic. In Ballarat, Victoria, 9-year old Madeline Plevko – ‘the rainbow girl’ has drawn rainbows, fishes, smiley faces and even a hopscotch grid across the 2-km Canadian Track In South Australia, students from Murray Bridge High School have added a tree to the trail. The tree made from handprints of the students is now hanging outside the school’s main gate. Meanwhile, in Nambour, Queensland Sunshine Coast, children used chalk on a pavement near the hospital to thank health workers and first responders. While kids at Tamworth have started colouring the town’s streets to spread cheer to residents. There are hundreds of such inspirational stories throughout Australia, and more are emerging with every additional day of lockdown.
Professor Lisa Gibbs of the University of Melbourne says that in times of emergency, parents’ can help their kids grasp what’s happening by encouraging them to participate in activities. These activities can give them a sense of agency to help them cope and to make them feel like they can contribute. Studies show that feeling included in a community can help people deal with stress and anxiety. A simple drawing and message of hope not only benefits the person who created the message but also others that encounter it.
How to Start Your Rainbow Trail
Source: ABC News – Photo of Max and Len Turner outside their home in Essendon, Melbourne.
All you need is some coloured chalk and good weather. Start with your driveway and slowly move to the footpaths near your home. Be mindful to supervise your child if they are near a road. Snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook or Instagram. If the rain washes it away, draw another one! Your kids will love the driveway art because they are outdoors and doing something they love.
Join the Teddy Bear Hunt
Teddy bears are emerging from children’s bedrooms and taking part in widespread teddy bear hunt games for children all over the world. More Aussies are taking their teddy bears out of hiding and placing them on window sills so children can spot them when they go out for their daily exercise.
Australian Facebook group – ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’- has already attracted more than 17,000 bear hunters.
How to Start Your Very Own Great Aussie Bear Hunt
A teddy bear hunt is a great way to have fun while still social distancing. To start your teddy bear hunt, ask the kids to choose their favourite bear to put by the window. Let them be creative with the window display. Pull out the crayons and paints and design some beautiful messages to accompany the window display.
If you start it, you’ll be surprised how quickly it will catch on with your neighbours. Before long, your street will have its very own teddy bear hunt. Don’t forget to snap a photo of any teddy bear your kid has spotted in your walk and share it with us on Facebook, Instagram or both!
Write a Letter of Thanks
Schools in Australia are encouraging kids to write letters of thanks to essential workers. Melbourne educational psychologist, Chelsea Hyde, says creative projects like letter-writing can help children gain control of confusion and fear during the crisis.
Children across the nation have written letters to nurses, police officers, teachers, childcare workers, and even supermarkets to express their thanks and gratitude to the people who have continued to serve the community during these difficult times.
Source: ABC News -A letter written by a Year 6 student from Kananook Primary School.
How to Write Your Letter
Get your kid writing their letter of thanks with a few simple stationery items like colour pencils, felt pens, crayons, and paper. Ask them what organisation they would like to write to. Give them total creative control over the letter design and message. Make sure they write their name and age. Snap a photo of their letter and share it on the organisation’s Instagram or Facebook platforms, don’t forget to tag us @topkidz.com.au. Alternatively, you can also walk to your local post office, buy a stamp and post the letter.
Whether it’s a rainbow trail, a chalk message, a letter or a teddy bear hunt, simple creative projects can help our kids express themselves in a safe and comforting way during this difficult period. So, this weekend, let’s get started on a project of hope with the kids. We can’t wait to see their creativity.