In cooperation with World Vision, the IFRC Psychosocial Centre has created a set of Child Friendly Activity Cards, more than 20 activities designed especially for children who are in lock-down or have limited access to school and other institutions. The activities are designed to help children have fun, learn ways to be emotionally healthy, and to practice new skills. All the activities can be done individually or with a small group of 2 to 3 people at home or in any suitable place.
” When disasters happen, the better psychosocial skill you have, the better you cope. Children develop social skill through play and when they share ideas and emotions with others. We hope that these activity cards can help children cope with the challenge of having limited access to friends, school or other recreational institutions they have otherwise been used to in their lives.”, says Ea Suzanne Akasha, Technical Advisor at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre and co-author of the activity cards.
The plan is to translate the cards into several languages, and in certain contexts the cards will be printed and distributed when funding is available, but for now the cards are available for download on the Psychosocial Centre website: