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Staying at home with whānau

Well, here we are again, moving up alert levels. That means more time at home for whānau.

But don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of resources to help tamariki and taiohi stave off boredom and support your whānau as we continue to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19:

Keeping busy

• The mental, physical and other benefits of getting outside are many – here are some ideas for keeping kids active
Make your own play dough – hours of fun for tamariki and a fantastic creative outlet!
Story Yoga is screen time that also involves movement – there’s plenty to choose from and the kids love it
• There are many indoor activity lists online, this one has a lot of things to try
• There are many local story gems here and podcasts and young adult fiction here
• Aquila’s Magnificent Mega-mag is a free online children’s magazine, packed with great educational material
• AWESOMEINC. has some great free resources for parents and young people
• Sparklers at Home is a toolkit with plenty of great material to help with learning from home, with fun wellbeing activities to help tamariki

Supporting young people

• Ministry of Education (NZ) has plenty of advice on how to deal with having taiohi at home.
• And the World Health Organisation has good advice on helping tamariki cope with stress
Here are six ways whānau can help support their children from WHO and UNICEF
• And there’s a really nice online book about coping with COVID 19 for tamariki under 7, for those who remain anxious about the virus.

Support for all ages

• All Right has excellent resources for whānau of all ages, to help us through this together.