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What to do with the kids during COVID-19?

Thanks to Defence Health for this article

It’s time to get creative while you and the kids stay safe at home.

Whether you’ve got toddlers or teenagers, there will no doubt be some challenges in the coming weeks (and possibly months) together at home. The important thing to remember – especially with teenagers – is they need to take the virus seriously. While young people appear less-affected by the symptoms of COVID-19, that does not mean someone they infect will get off lightly.

So, home is where the heart is – and where the whole family will be for the foreseeable future.

Here are some creative ideas doing the rounds:

  • virtual play-dates with school friends
  • get young ones involved in making biscuits or helping with dinner
  • tackle an age-appropriate jigsaw puzzle together
  • set up Words with Friends with the grandparents
  • declare war on the weeds in the garden
  • teach ‘tweens’ how to use the washing machine
  • footy practice at home with a harnessed ball
  • have a big clean-out of the wardrobes
  • attend an upcoming online event hosted by your local Defence community centre

Photo by Gabriel Benois on Unsplash

For the really adventurous, you might want to teach your teenagers how to make a coffee like a barista – or even how to clean the bathroom!

We are all in this together.

Open Arms explains COVID-19 to children.

Resources from DCO for children

Beyond Blue Resouces

The Defence Family Helpline
1800 624 608

This is the first point of call for support, information and connection with your Defence community. You can also email the Helpline on and receive a response within 24 hours. This helpline is located within the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) which also offers a broad range of programs and services to help Defence families.

Contact Defence Health on

Phone 1800 335 425

Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm AEST 
(international +613 8679 1000)  

General enquiries 


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