Age-Appropriate Coronavirus Resources

  • Age-Appropriate Coronavirus Resources

    General Coronavirus info (how to give information and talk with your kids about coronavirus):


    Primary (K-3):

    Short article about talking to kids about the coronavirus - includes links to several short videos from Sesame Street, Curious George, and Daniel Tiger on topics such as how germs move from person to person, the right way to sneeze or cough, and how to wash your hands that are good shares for younger children

    Short book in several different languages to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding COVID-19; includes worksheet pages to discuss feelings and allow engagement  Spanish version available

    Short video (2 min 40 seconds) for grades K-2; It has a catchy tune while teaching kids how to cough/sneeze the right way so as not to spread germs


    Intermediate (4-8):

    Video (4 min 32 seconds) that does a comprehensive job explaining what the coronavirus is, how it can spread, how it can affect a person, and what people can do to help stop the spread of the virus

    Short video (4 min 28 sec) developed to answer these questions: What exactly is Coronavirus? Can I get it? What can I do to stay safe? And what can I do if I'm feeling worried about Coronavirus? A handout that accompanies the video can be found linked here

    • NPR, “Exploring the New Coronavirus” comic for kids  
      This resource is appropriate for older elementary and some intermediate grade students. The comic provides a brief explanation of Coronavirus, encourages kids to talk about their worries, and encourages preventative hygiene. 



    Article discussing supporting children’s emotional well-being during the pandemic with many resources in various areas: links for kids resources, parents and caregivers resources on staying healthy, resources on talking to kids about COVID-19, keeping kids busy and connected, self-care, resources for educators and communities

    • Child Mind Institute, “Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus” - article written by Rachel Ehmke, a managing editor of CMI
      This article gives tips on how to talk about the coronavirus and reassure children of any age, and includes a short video on the subject.
    • National Association of School Psychologists, “Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource”
      This article is useful in providing how-to’s for parents to have conversations with their kids in an age-appropriate manner.  It was put out 2/29, so it does include a small amount of information that is now out-of-date in light of school closures and stricter social distancing/quarantine guidelines. Length is 4 pages. 

    Good quick fact sheet about the disease that includes links for parents to receive the most current information from the CDC.

    Quick fact sheet that breaks down what each age group may be feeling and how as a parent can help their child. Good to print and have on hand.

               Useful information on how kids may respond to disease outbreaks by age.  


    Self-Care Tips for the Caretaker:

    Provides tips on maintaining self-care and taking care of one’s own mental health so that you are available to others. Good for all parents, teachers, and care-givers.


Last Modified on April 8, 2020