Why are we all stuck inside?

Are you wondering why we’re all staying inside all the time?  

 

All your friends are inside with their families, too.    

 

People all around the world are staying inside their houses.  

 

We’re staying inside to stay far away from other people to help stop the spread of coronavirus. 

Activity: The virus Jumps!

Mode: Movement

Time: 15 min

What is the coronavirus? 

Coronavirus is a new kind of germ that is traveling around the world and making people sick.  Can you say coronavirus?  

 

Here's a hint. It's 2 words put together: Corona (which means crown in Spanish) and Virus (a type of germ that's tough to stop and causes the cold and flu).  

 

A germ is something that is reeeeeally tiny, but it can make people feel very sick.  

The coronavirus has its name because because when you look through a microscope, the germ has these spiky things that make it look like a crown. 

Activity: A corona crown

Mode: Creativity

Time: 15 min

Why are we all stuck inside?

The virus jumps!

What You Need

Two pieces of paper

Scissors

 

Crayons or markers

 

Stickers/other decorations

 

Tape or glue 

How To Play

1.    Design and cut out your corona crown. Use our crown pattern        on the next page as a guide, or make your own similar design.

 

2.   Decorate your corona crown in Spanish! Use some crayons              or stickers to decorate your corona crown with jewels,                        shapes, and lots of different colors.  

 

3.   Practice saying the colors of your corona crown in Spanish:

 

Gold = Dorado (Doh-rah-doh)

Blue = Azul (Ah-sool)

Green = Verde (Vehr-day)

Red = Rojo (Roh-hoh)

Yellow = Amarillo (Ah-mah-ree-yoh) 

Keep the fun going:

Designing corona crowns for all the members of your family

Practicing the colors in Spanish around the house

Pretending to be a favorite character who wears a crown 

Parental guidance: If your kid doesn’t know what a microscope is, use a camera’s zoom function or binoculars to show them how different types of machines can help you see things bigger and smaller.

Why are we washing our hands so much? 

Another way to get the coronavirus is if you touch a place where there’s a little bit of virus, and then you touch your mouth or your nose where the coronavirus can get inside.    

 

So it’s very important to wash our hands with soap and water to make sure the coronavirus doesn’t stick to us. 

Activity: Super soap!

Mode: Education

Time: 15 min

Why are we washing our hands so much? 

Super soap!

What You Need

A small bowl

 

Soap

Water

A sink  

Pepper 

How To Play

Dirty hands + pepper = pepper stuck to your hands

1.   Fill your bowl with water and set it down.

2.   Now, shake lots of pepper into the water. Today, we’re pretending

       the pepper is the coronavirus!

3.   Stick your finger into the water.  What happens? Did you get pepper on your finger?

Clean hands + pepper = no pepper on your hands

4.   Now, let’s wash our hands with soap and water. The right way to wash your hands is        for at least 30 seconds.  Practice singing happy birthday (twice!) while you wash              your hands. Make sure to get all that pepper off! Make sure you get soap all over                your hands, the front, the back and in between all your fingers.  When you’re done,          rinse them with water.

 

5.   Now, dry them off, and let’s go back to your bowl of water and pepper. 

 

6.   Stick your finger back in.

 

7.   Now what happened?  Did you get pepper on your finger? (hopefully, no) Where did         all the pepper go? (Far away to the other side) Why do you think that happened?!

The virus tries to avoid things it doesn’t like, like soap.  One thing that can help get the virus away is when we wash our hands with soap and water! 

Parental guidance: Hand-washing while singing can spur some tangential conversations like: What other songs (about water?) could we sing while we wash our hands?  Why was __’s birthday party was canceled? 

What does it mean to be infected? 

An infection means that something that isn’t supposed to be in your body is in there.  

 

Different infections cause different reactions (we call these symptoms).  

 

If you fall down and scrape your knee, and you don’t keep the scrape clean, it could get infected. The infection on your knee might turn red.

 

Some infections, like the coronavirus, can pass from one person to another. So if one person has a cough, and they pass the virus to another person, that person might start coughing, too.      

Activity: The wiggle bug!

Mode: Movement

Time: 15 min

What does it mean to be infected? 

The Wiggle Bug

What You Need

NOTHING!  

 

This is a good activity to do with all the people stuck inside with you. 

How To Play

Let’s show what it looks like to pass the bug!

 

1.   Clear as much space as you can and try to move anything easily breakable away. 

 

2.  Gather your players--everyone in the house!

 

The first wiggle bug:

 

3.   One grown-up starts the game: Make up a movement--something easy to copy,          like wiggling your hips, and as you move, say “I’ve got the wiggle bug!”

 

4.   Now everyone else, try to stay away from the Wiggle bug! The wiggle bug will try        to catch everyone in the family.

 

5.   When the wiggle bug touches someone else, that person should start wiggling            too. All of the wigglers can now catch other members of the family until the                  whole group is wiggling.

 

6.   Wiggle around the room! Count to 10 and then someone new is the wiggle bug.

 

The new wiggle bug

 

7.   The new wiggle bug has to make up a new move (disco arms, jazz hands, hula                dancing are all good options). 

8.   Once everyone has had a turn to be the wiggle bug, turn on a favorite song and            dance along. When the song is over the game is over!

Why are people wearing masks?

People are wearing masks to cover their nose and their mouth.  

 

You use your nose to breathe and smell things, and when you do that, you can breathe in air that might have the virus in it.  

You use your mouth to eat and also to breathe. You could also eat something that the virus might have touched.    

 

So when people are near each other, they cover their nose and mouth with a mask so they don’t breathe air with the virus in it and so the virus doesn’t enter their body. 

Activity: Block it out!

Mode: Creativity

Time: 15 min

Why are people wearing masks?

Block it out!

What You Need

An old t-shirt

(we found that size 3T works great for our 1.5-4.5 year old testers)

Decorating materials (optional)

How To Play

Make your mask:

 

1.   Grown, up, help your kid cut out their mask from the old t-shirt using our           guide on the next page

2.  Decorate the mask with stickers or markers

 

3.  Put it on! Make sure it’s covering your nose and your mouth.

 

4.  What does it feel like to wear the mask? 

 

Experiment with your mask:

 

5.  Snacktime: try eating without moving your mask away from your mouth.       What a silly idea!  Why didn’t that work?

   

[Because the food won’t be able to get through your mask!]  Your food is too big to squeeze through the mask, like most viruses.

6.   Funky smells: Collect 2-3 things that have strong smells (coffee? An                   orange slice? Spices like rosemary?) and bring them to the table. 

 

7.   Smell each of them without your mask.  Is it easy to smell them? 

 

8.   Now put your mask back on. Try smelling them again. Is it easier or                      harder to smell the smells?

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 Smells can sneak through. Can you see a smell? They’re kind of like germs--invisible! So masks aren’t total protection--some things can still get through them. ​ But masks are still important--they help keep our doctors and nurses safe!

Parental guidance: Once the mask is on, milk it!  Maybe your kid is a pirate now? Maybe they want to create a pirate outfit to go with the mask?

This is why we want to stay away from each other 

If someone has the virus, it can jump from them to someone else if people stay close by. The farther away we are from each other, the harder it is for the virus to jump.

15 min

Activity: The virus Jumps!

Why can I see still see some people outside?

What You Need

1 Ball

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While some of us can work from home or stay safe inside, our neighbors have really important jobs that mean they have to leave.  

 

Some examples: Doctors and nurses have to go to the hospital to help people get better.

 

Police officers have to keep the streets safe and sometimes even make sure people stay inside.  

 

Supermarket cashiers have to make sure that everyone can get food to eat at home.   Who else needs to go outside to do their jobs? 

What You Need

Two pieces of paper

Scissors

 

Crayons or markers

 

Stickers/other decorations

 

Tape or glue 

15 min

Activity: A corona crown

Activity:Coronabadge

Mode: Creativity

Time: 15 min

Why can I see still see some people outside?

Coronabadge

What You Need

Paper

 

Scissors

Markers/crayons

Tape 

How To Play

How To Play

 

Design and cut out your corona crown. Use our crown pattern on the next page as a guide, or make your own similar design.

Decorate your corona crown in Spanish! Use some crayons or stickers to decorate your corona crown with jewels, shapes, and lots of different colors.  

Practice saying the colors of your corona crown in Spanish:

Gold = Dorado (Doh-rah-doh)

Blue = Azul (Ah-sool)

Green = Verde (Vehr-day)

Red = Rojo (Roh-hoh)

Yellow = Amarillo (Ah-mah-ree-yoh) 

Have you seen the badges that policemen wear? They show that they are really good at their job.  Sometimes, people get badges when they do a good job at something  (Use an example your child might be familiar with, like the military, or a sticker they might get at school for a good deed)

We’re going to make badges for those people that have to keep going to work every day. Who are some of those people?

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  • Doctors, Nurses, Policy officers, Truck drivers...

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1.   Help your child cut out small badges.

2.   Draw and decorate the badge for these important jobs

 

Educational moment: Help your child think through why some jobs are essential. What are these people doing?

 

3.   Use tape to attach the badges. 

 

These badges can be gifts for anyone, or they can be used in your next role-playing

CLEAN

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