The COVID-19 pandemic is the first of it's kind in our history. As adults, even we are still trying to wrap our minds around what the virus is, what does that mean for us, and what can we do to keep each other safe. And our kids have the same questions. But how do we explain something we may not even fully understand ourselves?
Luckily, a couple of great resources for talking to your kids about COVID-19 and our current situation have been created. I've broken them down by the ages I feel they are the most appropriate for, but feel free to follow your gut about which one to use with your children regardless of age.
In addition, these guides are meant to be read with your kids and not for your child to solely digest them on their own, especially the younger ages. They are best used as springboards to answer and discuss your children's questions and concerns.
AGES 3 TO 7
Booklet: What is Covid-19? A Guide for Kids.
Edlah's What Is COVID-19? A Guide For Kids, developed by preschool curriculum expert, Melissa Schaper, is an excellent printable guide for younger ages. The booklet covers the virus in simple sentences and ideas. It uses cute images for visualizations of not so visual concepts and shows what actions even young children can take. Edlah's booklet is available on TeachersPayTeachers.com for $1.25 in both a color and black-and-white versions.
AGES 8 TO 12
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Exploring the New Coronavirus is a free comic created by NPR editor, writer, and illustrator Malaka Gharib. Featuring plenty of fun illustrations and funny side-dialogue, the comic is also informationally dense. It covers not just a definition of the virus and action steps, but also what the symptoms are and who is the most vulnerable. This larger worldview is excellent for older minds that are aware of the society around them and have questions. The comic can be found in a vertical, scrollable read and an e-zine version that can be printed and folded. The comic has also been re-produced in both Chinese and Spanish editions.
Feel free to try out both resources. Also, keeping them around, even after the first reading, can be helpful. Young minds are always working and new questions may form. Personally, I feel that to have something tangible that can be referenced about something intangible and scary can help create a little stability for us and our children in these uncertain times.