Back To School Mask Practice Tips

Back To School Mask Practice Tips – If you’re fortunate enough to be able to send your children back for in-person learning this fall, your kids are going to have to adjust to from wearing a mask occasionally during the summer… to hours straight of having to cope with one while learning.

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An educator suggested I post a “Mask Practice” article for Back to School and sent me a helpful link with some ideas for kids of all ages. If you thought getting your child back on a normal sleep schedule for back to school was difficult, warming kids up to wearing a mask for hours daily is going to present an even greater challenge.

Back To School Mask Practice Tips

PRESCHOOL

Look for opportunities to be playful: Color a paper mask and add stickers to it. Decorate a fabric mask. Let them choose a mask with a favorite character or theme. Make masks for their stuffed animals or dolls too. Point out how many people wear masks, and show them

  • Have a daily “Mask On!” moment. Make a plan to wear masks around the house at certain times of day, like from 10-11 am, or during certain activities, like setting the table for meals. Have your child help you decide when.
  • Spend time reading a book, listening to a podcast, or watching a movie together with masks on.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (ages 5-12)

Typically, children ages 5 and up don’t just want to be told what to do – they want to understand why.

  • Have a daily “Mask On!” moment. Make a plan to wear masks around the house at certain times of day, like from 10-11 am, or during certain activities, like setting the table for meals. Have your child help you decide when.
  • Take your child for a summertime treat – like to get ice cream, play mini-golf, or visit their favorite playground – with masks on.
  • Have your child(ren) watch a long movie with their masks on and reward them with healthy movie snacks for the entire duration of the move

JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL

Teens want to be independent. They want to be understood. And they’re at a developmental stage where they feel invincible.

  • Visit parks, playgrounds and the beach with masks on, or other places you can safely social distance.
  • Make plans with friends to wear masks while together, and log as much mask time as possible.
  • Practice reading or playing video games with masks on and try to extend the time each day or session.

ARTICLE SOURCES
https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/coronavirus/how-to-help-kids-adjust-to-masks-before-school-starts-activities-to-practice-mask-wearing
https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/coronavirus/mask-up-tips-to-make-kids-more-comfortable-with-masks-broken-down-by-age/

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For more info on back to school mask practice tips, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org.

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