Written by Laraba Murey

KIDS AND HEALTH Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Story:  The Tailless Dassie

Long ago, the Lion was the only animal with a tail. One day he decided that all animals should have a tail like him and got tails made for all the animals in his kingdom.

When the tails were ready he summoned all his subjects to his cave palace so that he could hand out the appendages.

All the animals went except the Dassie. The Dassie felt too lazy to go and asked a monkey going by to fetch his tail for him.

The Lion had selected a small furry tail for the Dassie. When the monkey explained that the Dassie could not come and had asked him to bring the tail, the Lion gave it to him.

The monkey had been given a nice long tail but as he was going home it occurred to him that the tail would look better if it were a bit furry towards the end. So he attached the Dassie's tail to it.

The Dassie was very disappointed when he learnt that the monkey had kept his tail for himself.

But he was too lazy to pursue the monkey to try to get his tail back and that is why he remains tailless to this day.

 

 

With all the talk about coronavirus, you might be wondering what kids can do. Here are the 3 best ways everyone (including kids) can help stop coronavirus:

Wash your hands. Use soap and water. Wash for 20 seconds. You can count slowly to 20. Or you can sing the happy birthday song twice. Be sure to wash the tops of your hands, and in between your fingers. Get your thumbs, and even your fingernails.

Always wash your hands after you use the bathroom. Wash them whenever you come in from outside, before you eat, after you play with a pet.

Wash your hands after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough. Cover your sneeze or cough. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hand. Then wash your hands anyway.

It's always fun to drown a germ with soap and water!

Stay home. Schools and most other places are closed for now. Experts are asking people to stay home. When people stay at home and don't visit others, germs can't spread.

When you do these 3 things, you're doing your part to stop coronavirus.

Washing hands isn't so hard. But it can be hard to stay home for now. It means not being with people you like to be with. And not going places you like to go.

 

So here are 3 more things kids can do. These things help you cope with stay-at-home time:

Notice your feelings. All the things you miss, like playdates, school trips, and sports can make you feel sad. But it won't be forever.

For now, you can feel better if you stay in touch with people you miss. Talk on the phone or visit by video. You can draw pictures that show how you feel. Or talk about it with someone you feel close to.

Do things you enjoy. While you're waiting for this stay-at-home time to pass, do things to have fun. You can do fun things by yourself or with the people you live with.

When you're indoors, you can play games, read, do puzzles, make art, write a story, do a craft. You can dance, do yoga, build, learn, and play or listen to music. Go outside to ride bikes, run, walk, or hike. Take some chalk and write happy messages on trails and sidewalks for other people to see.

Be kind and helpful. All the change caused by coronavirus can make kids and adults feel stressed. Kids can help by doing little things that make a big difference.

 

Here are a few ideas:

Help take care of a little brother or sister. Keep them happy. Read to them and play with them. Put your stuff away. Make your bed. Do your best with schoolwork. Ask (nicely) for help. Use kind words. Take your bath or shower without a fuss. Share. Offer to help with meals or cleanup. Show love to your family. Give hugs. Help take care of your pet.

Be kind to yourself too. Relax. Get outside to play when you can. When you're kind and helpful, it's nice for others in your family. And it helps you feel good too.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

1.      Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different

 

2. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

 

3. Most people fall asleep in seven minutes.

 

4. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

 

5. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

 

6. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur

 

RIDDLES

 

1.      This is as light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for long. What am I?

 

2. Why was the broom late?

 

3. Look in my face, I am somebody; Look in my back, I am nobody.

What am I?

 

4. What weighs more? A pound of feathers or a pound of stones?

 

5. I have a thousand needles but I do not sew.

What am I?

 

Answers

1. Your Breath. 2 it over swept 3. I am a mirror. 4. The same. They both weigh a pound! 5. A Porcupine

 

 

 

QUIZ

In the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill, what do Jack and Jill go up the hill to fetch?

 

 2. Where does the President of the United States live while in office?

 

3.  How many planets are in our solar system?

 

4. Which ocean is off the California coast?

 

5. What fruit do kids traditionally give to teachers?

 

Answers:

1.  A pail of water 2.   The White House 3. Eight 4.The Pacific 5. An apple

 

 

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