Keeping Healthy and Safe: Face Coverings
Young children are learning to wear face coverings and to see others wearing them. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.
- Provide a Simple Explanation
Use simple phrases, such as “People wear masks so they won’t pass their germs to another person. When everyone wears masks, we all keep our germs to ourselves.”
- Use Visual Supports
Provide pictures of masks. Post pictures of family members, classmates, teachers, and the children wearing masks.
- Set Them Up for Success
Demonstrate the correct way to put on and wear a mask and remind them to avoid touching or fidgeting with their masks.
- Provide Practice and Encouragement
Provide encouragement for children to wear face coverings and praise their success.
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Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)