As the world goes into lockdown, children around the globe are getting creative and spreading cheer in many inspiring and heartwarming ways. From art trails to acts of kindness and messages of support to key workers, the younger generation is demonstrating incredible community spirit.
Here are some of the touching stories that I’ve gathered from family, friends and fellow bloggers. If you or your child would also like to contribute to this post, please get in touch and I’ll add it to the article. Hope you enjoy these uplifting stories during these challenging times.
Adopt a healthcare worker
Sisters, Catriona and Niamh (aged 12 and 9) are based in Melbourne, Australia and have been boosting the morale of their local healthcare workers. Read on to find out more about their inspiring acts of kindness.
‘We have adopted a healthcare worker in Victoria, Australia and are drawing them a picture to make them smile – in case they feel sad, as they will be working very hard to save people from the corona virus. We have also decorated our fence with teddys and are making messages to make people smile and give them hope. Mummy also sent 85 neighbourhood letters to everyone on our street today- to see if anyone needed help or wanted to help : as part of not all heroes 🦸🏼♀️ wear capes initiative. She can be a very cringe-worthy hippy 😬 : but her heart is in the right place ❤️’
Their wonderful ‘cringe-worthy hippy mum’ runs a personal training business Don’t Think Do and has also set up a FB group ‘Home Workouts for Adults and Kids’ to help parents & kids keep active during the coronavirus outbreak.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Social distancing and self isolation are especially hard for kids. As one of the many ideas to keep kids entertained while staying at home, teddy bears and other stuffed animals have been popping up in windows all across the globe. Inspired by the famous children’s book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen, kids can now go on a bear hunt during their daily walk around the neighbourhood. It’s a fun activity that can easily be done while still practising social distancing. We’ve already seen kids walking around in full safari gear and armed with binoculars!
Lisa is based in the Netherlands and blogs at Flip Flop Globetrotters.
“Postcards of Kindness” to the elderly in nursing homes
Ruby, aged 12, is based in Bristol (UK) and tells us about the postcards of kindness initiative that she’s involved in.
‘We have been sending postcards to people in care homes for a while – even before Coronavirus happened. However, once the pandemic started we realised that care home residents weren’t letting any visitors now because everyone is meant to stay home as much as possible. My mum is part of a Facebook group called “Postcards of Kindness” and she saw that there was even more need for people send these postcards so that the care home residents aren’t too lonely. I like drawing my own postcards and telling people about what we have been getting up to. Sometimes we get replies from the residents which is really nice.’
Ruby’s mum blogs at Quizzy Kid.
Chalk the Walk
In the US, the Chalk the Walk initiative encourages kids to draw messages of hope on sidewalks, driveways, and trails in city parks with chalk. Children are also leaving colorful happy birthday messages outside the homes of friends that can’t join them to celebrate. These inspiring messages lift the spirits of residents out for solitary walks and spread hope and positivity while practicing social distancing.
Ingrid blogs at Second-Half Travels
Thank You Messages to Key Workers
As part of her weekly homework, my niece who is based in Switzerland has been asked to thank someone in the community who is out there doing their bit during the coronavirus outbreak. She’s been making drawings and writing thank you notes to support frontline workers. So far, she’s written to the postman, the staff in the local supermarket and builders.
Homeschool Science Fundraising project
Jack & Callum are twin seven year old boys from Michigan USA. They came up with a pretty cool fundraising idea to help support foster kids who are currently ageing out of the foster care system – youngsters who are particularly vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak. Their concept is Kids helping Kids a couple of dollars at a time and they are making it their “home school” project!! Perhaps your kids might like to join their facebook group and follow along? Their story and links to the facebook group can be found here.
Rainbows in Windows
As soon as school closures were announced in the UK, my old pals in Edinburgh started sharing pictures of bright and colourful hand-drawn rainbows on facebook. Their children had been producing beautiful rainbows and were displaying them in their front windows. The idea was that, although children could no longer see each other, they could still go out for walks and go ‘rainbow spotting’. The ‘chase the rainbows’ initiative is a way of spreading cheer, positivity, hope and support to keyworkers.
Sharing Eggs with Neighbours
Alana’s family is based in county Victoria, Australia and here she shares her boys’ thoughtful initiative.
‘It is a very difficult time for many in our community. At present, it is hard to get certain household supplies. Our three boys have a little business where they sell eggs to the local neighbourhood. The chickens are our pets but very productive egg layers. We have put out eggs for people who need them. This week they are going to write some notes to our neighbours to see if they need anything – like toilet paper! Remember to be kind to each other.’
Alana blogs at Family Bites Travel.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop
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