Supporting Children During the Corona Crisis
Due to our emergency experience worldwide we know how to support children and their families in difficult times. Now, children all over the world are facing anxiety and uncertainty due to the coronavirus and its restrictive measures. To help these children, we have adjusted our TeamUp activities to fit their needs. Will you join TeamUp at Home?
How does TeamUp at Home provide help?
Whether it is growing up amidst violence, in a refugee camp or, like now, living through an international public health emergency, children respond differently to crises. Some children seek love and affection, others become anxious or withdrawn. Many children experience feelings of anger and powerlessness.
Children, however, are extremely resilient. With some extra love and attention, a listening ear and reassurance, they are able to weather most storms. Play and movement based activities can play a huge role in helping children overcome hardship. To that end, Save the Children, War Child and UNICEF Netherlands joined forces a couple of years ago to develop TeamUp: a programme of structured movement-based activities for refugee children.
We have now adapted this successful programme to TeamUp lockdown, in order to meet the needs and challenges of children and their caregivers during the widespread coronavirus stay at home order. TeamUp at Home is specifically made for children aged 6 to 11, even for all ages, siblings, their parents/caregivers and provides a simple, safe and above all fun way to play and exercise in pairs or individually.
How Can You Participate in TeamUp at Home?
Eager to participate in TeamUp at Home? Our trainers will show you the way!
Taking part in TeamUp at Home is not just fun and energising but also pretty straightforward. Find out below how to engage in TeamUp at Home and watch ten short videos to help you get started.
Fit half an hour to an hour of TeamUp at Home into your daily routine, or participate on fixed days throughout the week. This will help establish a structured routine. Of course, if emotions are running high, don’t hesitate to call an ‘emergency’ TeamUp at Home session to release the tension in the house.
Join in wherever you have a little space to move around. Whether it is your living room, your balcony or garden: set some furniture aside and you’re ready to go. You could set up a chair on the side for children or adults that cannot or don’t wish to participate.
TeamUp at Home always starts off the same. Gather all participants for the check-in, for instance by using a particular TeamUp yell or song. Once everybody is ready to go, start with a warm-up, go on to play a couple of games, and finally cool down and check-out. Put together your own TeamUp at Home session by selecting your favourite games.
Please Note! TeamUp at Home is for children and parents/caregivers that are living together. Follow the official guidelines to avoid contact with others.
Are you ready to get started? Let’s TeamUp at Home!
Below you will find ten short videos to help you get a head start with TeamUp at Home. Feel free to watch the videos before getting started, but you could also choose to watch and play one game at a time. Pause the video when needed to play an activity longer or again. Have fun!