When you have small children life is challenging enough without keeping them cooped up inside for long periods of time. We have been in lockdown here in Sicily since the 3rd of March so have now become accustomed to social distancing and isolation.
The main point is not to come into contact with anyone else.
There is no reason why you should not be outdoors, in fact, there is every reason you SHOULD be outdoors – as long as you are not putting yourselves or anyone else at risk.
We are not allowed to have more than one person in the car here in Italy, only one person can go to the store to buy food etc. But, we can walk. We can walk on the beach, we can walk on the rocks, we can walk around the campsite and we can walk to and from the local town.
People are keeping a minimum of 2m from each other for everyone’s safety, but there are lots of smiles, shouts of hello and sharing of information in a variety of languages.
On our walks we:
- look for 2D shapes and name them (2 year old)
- look for 3D shapes and name them (5 year old) and discuss their properties (6 year old)
- Identify objects beginning with different letters and sounds
- Move in different ways – forwards, backwards, sideways, fast, slow, high, low etc.
- Play I-spy
- Sing counting songs
- Find things we want to investigate further as part of our learning
- Practice our Italian
- Breathe fresh air
- Get vitamin D
- Stretch our legs
The recommendation is to stay home, but if you have not got a garden or outside space (or if you have small people) spending time outside is vital, for your health, your mental health and well-being and your patience!