As expected, we’re seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases this fall. With new restrictions in place that impact our day-to-day and the way we interact with loved ones, it’s important to take the time to explain to our little ones just what is going on around them. To help you talk to your budding francophone about the coronavirus, this blog post will provide you with common vocabulary and expressions that you can use to talk to your kids about COVID-19 in French.
COVID-19 vocabulary for kids:
Coronavirus – le coronavirus
COVID-19 – la COVID-19
Virus – un virus
Mask – un masque
Soap – du savon
Water – de l’eau
Hands – les mains
Hand sanitizer – du désinfectant pour les mains
Face – le visage
Social distance – la distanciation sociale
COVID-19 expressions for kids:
The expressions below will help you explain to your child what they should and shouldn’t do during the coronavirus pandemic.
We should wear a mask to protect ourselves from the virus.
Il faut porter un masque pour se protéger du virus.
We have to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Il faut bien se laver les mains avec de l’eau et du savon.
In the absence of soap and water, we can use hand sanitizer.
En l’absence d’eau et de savon, on peut utiliser du désinfectant pour les mains.
We must respect social distancing.
Il faut respecter la distanciation sociale.
We shouldn’t touch our face.
Il ne faut pas se toucher le visage.
Children’s book on COVID-19 in French:
If you’d like even more COVID-19 French vocabulary for kids and helpful information on the topic, this book does an excellent job of explaining to children what a virus is and how to navigate through the changes as a result of it.
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What to do with your toddler during COVID-19?
Toddlers have so much energy that it’s hard to come up with ways to keep them entertained all day. A few of our favourite activities to keep boredom at bay are:
- Reading books
- Getting some fresh air and playing outside
- Doing arts and crafts
- Conducting fun science experiments
- Cooking or baking together
- Singing and dancing