Christchurch artist Stephen McCarthy has created a fantastic printable for kids to complete. My Lockdown Diary provides kids with a 28-page document to record their thoughts in the COVID-19 lockdown. The diary features 28 pages as New Zealand is currently under a 4-week lockdown. If the lockdown goes for longer, Stephen plans to add more pages. You can also print it twice to make it last through a longer lockdown period like what we’re potentially facing here in Australia.
There are some prompts and activities but loads of space for kids to write and draw how they’re doing and how they’re feeling. The pages cover different activities as well as getting them to record their thoughts. We especially love the doodles and there’s plenty of space for kids to add their own drawings or colouring in addition to their words.
For a memento of the COVID-19, download and print a copy and get the kids to fill it in. Adults, you can also fill in your own version as well. After you’ve filled it all in over the lockdown period, staple together and keep.
If you don’t have a printer, you can download the screen version in Powerpoint format, fill in on the computer and print out later. You can open this file in Google slides as well.
The printable is free to download but if you can, donate a small amount to Stephen to help him expand the idea and cover some costs and time.
Visit the My Lock Down Diary website to download the diary.