Why are we all stuck inside?

Core Activities

How to use this kit

This kit provides activities to help answer your little kids' questions about the Coronavirus. We intend for this to be a jumping off point for your creativity, so adjust for your kid's personality and what you have on hand.

 

Tag @whyareweallstuckinside in your pictures (wins AND fails!) Have fun!

 

Activity 4

Why are people wearing masks?

Block it out!

Activity 3

What does it mean to be infected?

The Wiggle Bug

Activity 2

What is the coronavirus?

Corona crown

Activity 1

Why are we all stuck inside?

The virus jumps!

Activity 5

What happens when the coronavirus goes away?

Emotions Check-in

Activity 6

How do you cure the coronavirus?

Lemonade Laboratory

Activity 7

What do YOU know about the Coronavirus?

Sock puppet expert

Core Activities

Activity 1

Mode: Movement

Time: 5 min

 

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. 

Why are we all stuck inside?

Activity: The virus jumps!

What You Need

1 grown up and 1 kid

 

1 ball 

How To Play

1.  Stand right in front of each other, with the grown-up holding the ball

 

2. Pass the ball back and forth -- it’s easy right?!

3. Count how many times you can pass it back and forth

4. After 2 (or how ever many times is fun), take a step back away from each other

5. Now pass the ball again -- is it still easy?

6. Keep taking steps back and passing the ball

7. Once you’re so far away you can’t pass it successfully, you’ve answered the question!

This is why we want to stay away from each other. If someone has the virus, it can jump from them to someone else near them. The farther away we are from each other, the harder it is for the virus to reach us. 

Parental guidance: After you’ve finished the ball exercise, encourage your kid to jump like a virus.  Put a piece of tape on the floor and see how far each member of the family can jump. Repeat each day! 

Core Activities

Activity 2

Mode: Art

Time: 20 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 when you look through a microscope, the germ has spikes that make it look like a crown, or corona. 

What is the coronavirus?

Activity: A corona crown

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 below 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) 

Purple = Morado (Moh-rah-doh)

Pink = Rosado (Roh-sah-doh)

Basic Crown Template

Advanced scissor skills Template

Keep the fun going:

Design corona crowns for all the members of your family

Practice the colors in Spanish around the house

Pretend 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.

Core Activities

Activity 3

Mode: Movement

Time: 10 min

 

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.      

What does it mean to be infected? 

Activity: 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 a big space and 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 as it tries 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!

Join in the fun! 

It's almost a manicure! Right!?

And you used to pay to work out!

Core Activities

Activity 4

Mode: Art + Imagination

Time: 15 min (Crafting + Playtime)

 

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 breathe too. 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. 

Why are people wearing masks?

Activity: Block it out!

What You Need

An old t-shirt

(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 below. This is obviously a toy, not a medical implement. 

2. Decorate the mask with stickers or markers

 

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

 

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

 

Experiment with your mask:

 

5. Snacktime: Try eating your snack 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?

1. Lay t-shirt flat

2. Cut off sides

3. Unfold

4. Cut

5. Tie on

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 people safe from a lot of things that can't get through!

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?

Core Activities

Activity 5

Mode: Imagination

Time: 15 min

 

What happens when the coronavirus goes away? 

The people in charge will tell us when they think the coronavirus is gone.

 

Once people aren’t sick anymore and there’s less risk of the virus jumping around from person to person, we’ll be able to go outside again.

 

We’ll be be able to see our friends and family, and people will go back to work and school.

 

But not everything needs to change. We still get to decide how we want our lives to be.

What happens when the coronavirus goes away?

Activity: Emotions check-in

What You Need

A cozy place to sit and have a heart-to-heart

Markers and paper (optional)

How To Play

Parents, use this opportunity as a pulse check, but also to get ideas from your kid for other activities to do, right now or in the future.

1. Is there anything you like better about being stuck inside?

  • Are there some things that you like about being stuck inside?

  • What are they?

  • Guide your kid gently from things like “I love watching more TV” by prompting them with what you like doing with them.

2. What do you miss? 

  • What isn’t fun about being stuck inside? 

  • What are you excited to do again?

  • Grown-ups prompt by telling them what you miss --after all, you’re stuck inside too!

3. What do you wish we could do more of?

  • Ask your child what he’d like to do more of, either while you’re stuck inside or once you can go outside. This could give you some valuable ideas!

 

Optional: Make a list or draw some pictures as you have the conversation

Core Activities

Activity 6

Mode: Experimentation

Time: 15min

 

How do you cure the coronavirus?

It takes a lot of research to figure out how to make the right medicine to cure sicknesses like the coronavirus. 

 

Sometimes the ingredients are everyday things like mold on bread. Sometimes they’re exotic plants found deep in the rainforest.

 

Scientists around the world are working in their labs to make different medicines. When they think they have a good idea, they give them to sick people to test if they get better.

How do you cure the coronavirus?

Activity: Lemonade Laboratory

What You Need

Aprons or white button-down shirts for “lab coats” 

3-4 lemons (½ cup)

A juicer, if you have one (otherwise your kid will enjoy squeezing by hand!)

Water (3 cups)

Sugar (½ cup)

How To Play

1. Let’s pretend we’re scientists and put on our lab coats, like the ones working on the cure for the Coronavirus. We’re going to test out making lemonade to see what’s it’s like to do an experiment. 

 

2. Squeeze all the lemons into a glass

  • Measure out ½ a cup of lemon juice

  • Take a spoon and taste the lemon juice -- how does it taste? Do you think we should include something else to make it taste better?

 

3. How about some water?

  • Add 3 cups of water to the ½ cup of lemon juice--let your kid measure and pour!

  • Does it taste different? Does it taste like lemonade?

4. Now, finally, the magic ingredient--sugar!

  • Add ½ cup sugar to the liquid

  • Stir and stir and stir

  • Now let’s taste it! How does that taste? 

Keep tweaking the recipe until you think it’s perfect!

Two shots of vodka should mix in quite nicely for the grown-up version of this potion. 

Core Activities

Activity 7

Mode: Imagination

Time: 15 min

 

What do YOU know about the coronavirus?

Grown-ups, we’re turning this around and letting your kid be the expert for once! 

 

This activity is an opportunity for your kid to tell you everything they’ve learned about the coronavirus. 

 

It can also be an opportunity for you to learn more about what your kid is thinking and feeling.

What do YOU know about the coronavirus?

Activity: Sock Puppet Expert

What You Need

One old sock per participant

Items to decorate--buttons, glue, yarn, or stickers if your kid won’t freak out when they come unstuck

How To Play

1. Lay out your socks 

 

2. Decorate them however you’d like.  Name them! Then put them on your hands and start talking!

 

3. The grown-up can kick it off. Use a funny voice, and play it up! Ask “Why are we all stuck inside?”

 

4. Follow the conversation from there. Think like a kid. Ask your kid follow-up questions they might ask, like “is the virus big or small?” “Then why can’t I see it?”

 

5. See what they say. Are  you impressed with what they’ve learned? Tell them so!

Parental guidance: Level up! Introduce your sock to friends on a video call! Does a third puppet get decorated? As the virus or as a doctor, perhaps?

Keep Repeating!

Keep repeating these activities until you’re allowed to go back outside! Any great inspiration for new activities or questions we haven’t answered, please send them our way on Instagram @whyareweallstuckinside or to whyareweallstuckinside@gmail.com! Tag us in your photos and share our kit with your friends.

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