Activity IDEAS for ages 7-14
Being confined to our homes has prompted many of us to reflect on our personal space and the importance of our communities. But, before this lockdown began, more than 70 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world had been forced to leave their homes, communities and sometimes families, and start over somewhere new.
The coronavirus pandemic is having devastating impacts everywhere, but the poorest and most vulnerable people are likely to be hardest hit - both at home and in communities across the world. Refugees living in camps often aren’t able to leave. They will have little to protect themselves; many are sharing one tap between up to 250 people with less than 3.5 square metres of living space per person – smaller than the average UK bathroom.
Use these activity ideas to help children think about what home means to them, start to understand some of the reasons why people might move within and between countries, and develop empathy for people forced to flee their homes. Children and their households are also invited to creatively share their experience of staying in one space because of self-isolation and social distancing by making a dolls' house in a shoebox for the virtual Giant Dolls' House project.