The coronavirus outbreak has lead to children around the UK staying home today after schools closed to most pupils on Friday.
To keep up their art skills - and bring smiles to their local community - many kids have been painting rainbows and sticking them to their front windows as part of a global trend.
Mums have been posting snaps of their uplifting creations online, leading to youngsters being praised for their efforts to raise spirits at this uncertain time.
One family getting involved is Vicky Corbley and her children, from Oldham in Manchester, who produced designs featuring the messages “don’t worry” and “we’ll get through”, along with notes thanking delivery drivers and postal workers.
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Speaking to PA news agency, the mum said: “I think we all need all the positivity we can get right now.
“Everywhere we look on social media, it’s full of people panicking, worrying, scared.
“So doing something like this hopefully will lift people’s spirits, even if it’s just a smile… plus it’s keeping kids busy, too!”
Danielle Oliver, from Sunderland, agreed that the idea could be a welcome activity for youngsters during “a very challenging and difficult time for everyone”.
Our local community are getting children to paint/draw rainbows and then put them up at the window so when they go for walks, it’s a rainbow trail 🌈— Katie (@kaatees_) March 19, 2020
So my boys painted theirs today to brighten up other people’s day ❤️🌈 #COVID19 #Isolation pic.twitter.com/SXsJgsUhTW
This p1/2 is struggling a little with social distancing. We found a FB page making rainbows to put in a window to help spread cheer. So far we have made 5. One for our window and 4 to post to our grandparents and our aunties doctor surgery for key workers 🌈🌈🌈 pic.twitter.com/nxHqYNCmOJ— Janet Earlie (@EarlieJanet) March 22, 2020
The mum explained: “It not only provides young children who are out of school with an engaging activity, but also helps to encourage the children to be out exploring their local community safely.
“The neighbours have already been interested and it has been lovely to see smiles on people’s faces as they walk past the house.”
Karen Cumming, from Dunblane, has helped get her kids involved by putting a rainbow in her son’s bedroom window, and said she has seen another nearby already.
“I have two kids, one at eight years old with disabilities and a seven-month-old,” she revealed.
🌈🌈Lovely to see Ellesmere Port & Neston uniting together at this difficult time🌈🌈@justinmadders @cwaclabour@weezegee @EPortStandard@UniteEPORT @MayorEllesmereP#chasetherainbow #stayathome #proud pic.twitter.com/kcYvJ9vsCc— Chase the Rainbow - Ellesmere Port & Neston (@Eportunited) March 22, 2020
Mrs Stribling has both Alba and Nora’s positivity rainbows in the window!!! 🌈🌈❤️💫 pic.twitter.com/OU2xutp2Om— Class 1S and 1H (@Broadoak_Year1) March 21, 2020
window art completed today... mosaic rainbow pic.twitter.com/KUBsrKbjkt— Cat Swift (@CatSwift2) March 23, 2020
“Neither understand what is happening in the world right now. My older son likes his school routine, which has obviously had to stop.
“I think it’s a scary unknown time, but the kids do not need the worry that the adults and parents are having to deal with right now.”
Others parents have been proudly sharing their children’s rainbows on Twitter.
Posting pictures of her daughter’s work, one mum wrote: “We found a Facebook page making rainbows to put in a window to help spread cheer. So far we have made five.
“One for our window and four to post to our grandparents and our aunty’s doctor surgery for key workers.”