As children are exposed to the new sight of people wearing facemasks and sometimes visors, it is likely that they will have questions about masks and may even become frightened.
To help children with their questions or concerns, we have created this resource with to help you navigate through this time.
If children ask you questions such as ‘Why is that person wearing a facemask and/or a visor?’ you should explain that masks are a precaution that some people are taking to stay healthy. However, emphasise to children that these do not replace healthy practices such as handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.
Have a discussion with children what people wear masks and visors for their jobs – firefighters, doctors, dentists, construction workers, and even superheroes like Candyfloss! Make a list of these roles and discuss why these people might need masks to do their work.
Read a book about people who help us to see if you can find any more people wearing masks and ask the children why they think these people wear masks.
Support the development of object permanence with simple games like peek-a-boo.
Show the object to the child and then cover with a blanket. Look at the infant and say with hands raised and in a positive tone, “Where did the ball go?” Look down, remove the blanket and repeat with excitement, “Here it is!” Repeat often and with different objects.
They are not the typical materials we use, but they are materials that can help children process what is happening right now.
Start here and see where the conversations take you as you continue to support children during this time of crisis.