How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Recently, PBS aired an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in which Daniel helped learned all about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy. PBS has become a great resource in helping young children understand current conditions while also teaching them proper techniques to help stop the spread of germs.
Here are some helpful Tips and Videos that parents and educators can use to help your children understand coronavirus more!

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Wash Your Hands

Make it a family routine before every meal and snack to wash hands. If you do it together, you can model for them how to use soap, rub your hands together and rinse. For a timer, try slowly singing the ABCs together while you scrub. In Curious George, the Man with the Yellow Hat has a cold. He teaches George how germs can move from person to person and that’s important to wash your hands and avoid sharing utensils. Good hand washers, like Daniel Tiger, are germ busters!

Catch that Cough

When kids cough or sneeze, they tend to do it right into their hands — and then they use those hands to touch everything in sight! Instead, we can cough and sneeze into our elbow. Make it a game with kids. Can they catch the cough in their elbow? In the beginning, cheer when they do: “You caught it! That’s what germ busters do!” If they accidentally “catch it in their hands,” they can simply wash their hands with soap and water and start the game again.

“Rest is Best”

Daniel Tiger reminds us that “When you’re sick, rest is best!” This is a good episode to show kids and a great song to sing when they are feeling under the weather. Tell them: When we are sick, we can stay home and rest our bodies; we can be germ busters by not spreading germs or going to school sick. And as parents, we can keep ourselves and our kids home if we have a fever or other symptoms.

Practice Healthy Habits

Remind kids that sleep, exercise and eating healthy foods are good, everyday ways to strengthen our bodies. We will all get sick sometimes! They have probably already had at least one cold this season. But we can be responsible germ busters when we practice handwashing, cough-catching, resting and basic healthy living.

Looking for more easy, helpful tools to practice healthy habits with your children?

Check out these PBS KIDS videos, games and activities all about hand washing and staying healthy:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

“Daniel Gets a Cold / Mom Tiger is Sick” (FULL EPISODE)

“Rest is Best” Strategy Song (VIDEO)

Germs Germs Go Away With Handwashing (VIDEO)

A Germ-Fighting Superhero (VIDEO)

In My Bathroom Game

Play at Home with Daniel Tiger App

Daniel Tiger for Parents App

Doctor Daniel Game

Sesame Street

Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo

Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze! (VIDEO)

Abby and Elmo’s Potty Plan! Game

Curious George

The Man With the Yellow Hat Explains How Germs Work (VIDEO)

Super Why!

ABC Scrub With Me! Activity

As always, Elite Kids Therapy wants to ensure that you have the best resources available to help you and your child learn and grow even from the comfort and safety of your own homes. The resources provided by PBS are sure to become a fun and interactive way to help answer any questions your child might have during these unprecedented times. At Elite Kids Therapy, we offer quality speech therapy and occupational therapy by our qualified therapists through virtual platforms, in your child’s academic setting, in your home, or one on one in our Mason office. As an Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarship provider these services can also be free to you!

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