Easter in the US is often synonymous with family and Easter Eggs. In spring 2020, Easter, like everything else, will fundamentally be different because of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, world-wide pandemic. It also provides a good opportunity for stories and metaphors that can help children better understand basic virology.
If the Easter Bunny has COVID-19, what can he/she do to protect humans from contracting a virus?
Can the Easter Bunny infect his or her friends, like Marlon Bundo?
These are just of few questions that can be posed and explored as a way to engage children to learn more about COVID-19 and practically apply their science and mathematics to a ‘real-world’ project that should interest everyone as we go through a world-wide pandemic.
Jennifer Yarger is publishing a blog post on this website (yarger.blog) entitled “Easter Bunny is cleared to make drop-offs amid pandemic.” The goal is to engage children in actively learning through current events (Easter and the COVID-19 pandemic). Hope you find this blog post interesting.