As we all stay home to stay safe, keeping active and entertained can be quite a challenge.
Here are some links to help stave off boredom and support whānau as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.
• The mental, physical and other benefits of getting outside are many – here are some ideas for keeping kids active during physical distancing
• 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
• David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for 30 days – listen to today’s story here
• 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
• 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 https://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/
• And the World Health Organisation has good advice on helping tamariki cope with stress in the COVID 19 event
• 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
Support for all ages
• All Right has excellent resources for whānau of all ages, to help us through this together
We will be adding to this list over time, so if you have a great idea for something fun to share with whānau, send it to Claire.email@example.com
and we’ll get it up there!