Covid-19 Help: Explaining the Corona Virus to Kids

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With South Africa currently on lock down, Pixie has been struggling to understand the corona virus is so dangerous. I find it difficult to explain certain things at her level of understanding and sometimes just get it completely wrong.

There are so many resources out there to help people explain exactly what Corona virus is, so I thought I’d share what I found online to help others.

The Conversation website has great tips on how to answer questions your children are most likely to ask about Corona.

When stress is heightened — which it is for all of us right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic — children become aware of it and they try to locate the source of the stress. It is important to both acknowledge their concerns and be open to discussing them.

Helping children to make sense of the consequences of COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach.

There have been many sites that have created Covid-19/Corona Virus worksheets and activities. Here are a few I have found so far.

The Dads Net shared this really awesome FREE Book which is great to explaining Covid-19, corona virus, to your children
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Twinkl has TONS of resources available and have opened up their site to help parents who are under quarantine. Here are their Covid-19 Resources.

FREE! – UKS2 What Is Coronavirus? Daily News PowerPoint With Teacher Guidance
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Daily News PowerPoint to help you answer questions about the coronavirus and discuss what they have seen in the news. It is written and designed for KS2 children. The Daily News PowerPoint includes factual information about what the coronavirus is and how people are working to stop it spreading. It also includes a slide to help children explore what they can do when they are upset by the news.

Coronavirus Social Situation
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If any of the children under your care are confused or worried about the coronavirus situation, this Coronavirus Social Situation might be just what they need.

This illustrated social story for kids uses child-friendly language to explain what COVID-19 is, as well as why many people are being asked to stay at home right now.

The information is delivered in a friendly and reassuring tone, with the aim to calm down children who might be scared and provide them with information on how they can stay healthy.

Coronavirus Diary
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Although school closures and learning from home present lots of challenges, it is possible to find and celebrate the positives.

It is also really important for well being to look for the positive side of this unprecedented situation.

Use this lovely diary page to help your child to record what they have done during the week, to record their physical activity, to celebrate the lovely things that have happened and to plan for the week ahead.

COVID-19: What Are Your Worries and How Can You Cope?
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This simple resource will help children to articulate their fears in the current pandemic and talk about ways in which to calm themselves.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting Pupils with SEND
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During school closures, schools are advised to make assessments on a case-by-case basis for pupils with SEND on an education, health and care (EHC) plan, based on health and safeguarding considerations. Our guide summarises the key guidance from the Department for Education as well as some guiding principles from NASEN.

Kiddie Charts has shared a Free Covid-19 time capsule worksheets.
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K5Learning has shared 6 Coronavirus Worksheets
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Understanding and avoiding Coronavirus for kids
Communicating with kids about Coronavirus is important to calm their fears and help them develop healthy habits. We’ve created some worksheets that we hope parents and teachers will find helpful. We’ve also listed some online resources about Coronavirus and kids below. Stay safe!

Mamma &m Bear has shared 28 free resources to help your children understand Coronavirus. She’s a fellow South African Mommy blogger.
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Have your children asked about the Corona virus? How are they coping with the lock down in your area?

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Covid-19 Help: Free Virtual Museum Tours & Activities Part 2

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Covid-19 Help: Free Virtual Museum Tours & Activities Part 2

Here are some more free virtual museum tours and activities that I have found to add to the Covid-19 Help: Free Virtual Museum Tours & Activities I shared 2 weeks ago. I have found some zoo and aquarium webcams now to add to our list of “Covid Field Trips”.

Virtual Tours

Site Overview
Air Pano A virtual journey around the world. Over 500 destinations to choose from.
Discovery VR – Tour England In Beautiful Virtual Reality! (360 Video) Experience everything England with Discovery VR. Iconic landmarks, breathtaking country-sides, and unrivaled heritage from Cornwall to Newcastle and in between.
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
Uffizi Gallery – Firenze, Italy The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. Over time, the top floor loggia became an exhibition of the dynastic collection of ancient sculpture, artwork and artifacts.
Access Mars The real surface of Mars. Recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.
The Louvre – Paris, France Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre.
Great Wall of China Travel Guide As China’s most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on all tours in China. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.
360° Video: Buckingham Palace Tour – BBC London Take a tour inside the state rooms at Buckingham Palace and discover some of the most treasured objects in the Royal Collection.
The British Museum Select the timeline you want to explore
The White House – Washington, United States For more than 200 years, the White House has been more than just the home of the Presidents and their families. Throughout the world, it is recognized as the symbol of the President, of the President’s administration, and of the United States. The White House is the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public.
National Museum of Natural History The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
Empire State Building – 102th floor Sixteen floors above the 86th Floor Observatory, the Empire State Building’s Top Deck provides our most spectacular views of the city and beyond. From this panorama, dive into the main iconic places of New York.
National Gallery of Art – Washington DC The National Gallery of Art – the nation’s museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.
National Aquarium Click an area to explore.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Washington designed the west front of the Mansion to greet and impress visitors, who could see it from a distance as they entered the west gate and approached the house. The Mansions’s rusticated siding created the effect of a stately home made from expensive stone.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, United States The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Ellis Island Virtual field trip to Ellis Island
Farm Food 360 Immerse youself in Canadian farm and food tours

Zoo & Aquarium Webcams

Site Overview
Smithsonian’s National Zoo All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Animal keepers and veterinary staff remain working on-site at the Zoo and at the Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, to provide the usual highest quality care for the animals. The animal webcams remain online, but volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.
San Diego Zoo Kids Live cams and videos of your favorite animals
Monterey Bay Aquarium Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.
Georgia Aquarium 9 different animals are featured. Select your favourite.




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Covid-19 Help: Free Virtual Museum Tours & Activities Part 1

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Covid-19 Help: Free Virtual Museum Tours & Activities

Are you looking for Free Virtual Museum Tours? As a family, we have always enjoyed visiting museums. We’ve gone to a few over the years and the children still speak about them. We make a point of going on museum tours when we are on holiday and were looking forward to our next family holiday before South Africa’s lock down forced us to cancel our trip to the coast in June.

Following on from my Covid-19 Help: Free Online Education Resources post, ere is a list of great tours you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual Museum Tours & Activities

Site Overview
Science Museum Free games and activities
NASA Langley Free online tour
Natural History Museum Free tours and activities
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Free tours and activities
London Zoo Free tours and activities
British Museum Free tours and activities
Museum of London Online games and some activities to do at home
Guggenheim A chance to view some of the collection online
National Gallery of Art A chance to view some of the collection online
Google Art Project Some wonderful pieces from multiple locations across the world
The Vatican Museums A chance to view some of the collection online
The Dali Museums A chance to view some of the collection Online

If you know of any more websites that offer free virtual tours, please leave a comment below so I can add it here.

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Covid-19 Help: Free Online Education Resources

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Most schools are already closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have seen a surge of anxious posts on social media regarding the education of our children. As a result, I’ve pulled together as much as I can over the last week, or so, to make it easily accessible you. For more free resources, visit our Freebie Friday page above.

Online Resources

Site Overview Age/Key stage (UK)
Oxford Owl Free eBooks following colour banded scheme Age 3 to 11
Blue Peter Badge Challenges Different challenges for children to work through. Age 6+
BBC Bitesize UK curriculum content All
BBC Learning UK curriculum content All Computer programming All
Duolingo Learn a language for free All
Future Learn Free site – different courses All
Geography Games All
Mystery Science Home science ideas All
Nature Detectives Activities that can be done in garden as a family All
Operation Ouch Engaging science and medical (STEM) videos for all ages – filter by topic All
TED Ed A multitude of different educational videos – something for everyone All
Twinkl Limited time free offer for various resources. Split into Primary and Secondary. Use the Code ZAFTWINKLHELPS – free offer code for the ultimate subscription with over 650,000 resources All
Khan Academy All subjects = Secondary (KS3 +) Maths and computing = all ages All / KS3+
The Imagination Tree Crafts to do at home Babies +
Red Ted Art Arts and crafts for younger children EYFS – KS2
Paw prints Badges Free downloads of craft activities EYFS +
Blockly Educational games that teach programming For children new to computer programming
DK Find Out UK version – lots of games and quizzes. KS1+
Prodigy Maths Games Free online maths KS1+
Scratch Computer programming KS1+
The kids should see this Child friendly science videos that does not underestimate their ability KS1+
TinkerCad Free app for 3D Design, electronics and Coding KS1+
Seneca Excellent to set tasks for GCSE and A Level KS2+
Open learn Free taster courses KS5+ (Adult)
Crash Course Kids Educational videos – filter by age Primary level (EYFS – KS2)
National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes Primary level and EYFS
Big History Project History tasks Secondary KS3+
Crash Course Educational videos – filter by age Secondary KS3+
CBeebies Radio Listening activities for children Under 5s
Toy Theatre Colourful activities for primary school aged children
Audible All stories are free to stream. All
Vodacom e-school Easy to follow video lessons developed by expert teachers. Grades R-12
Scholastic Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Prek – Gr 9
+1+1+=1 Free themed printables Toddler to Kindergarten
123Homeschool4Me Free Worksheets Prek – Highschool
Homeschool Creations Resources, free printables & encouragement for homeschool families Toddler to Highschool
Confessions of a Homeschooler Free printables & Resources Preschool – Grade 12
3Dinosaurs Free printables Toddler – Grade 4
Sparklebox Nearly every resource on the site is completely FREE to download All
Kids Activity Blog List of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures All

Keep an eye out for our list of Virtual Museum tours coming up later this week!

If you know of any more websites that offer free educational resources, please leave a comment below so I can add it here.

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