Children get creative expressing their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic

Date: 12th February 2021
Category: COVID-19


Over 500 children from Iceland, Norway, Slovenia and the UK have participated in the ‘Coronavirus and My Life’ project, sharing their thoughts and feelings in words and art

Findings include:

  • Children reflected mostly negative feelings about the pandemic, with English-speaking participants expressing more feelings of sadness, worry, and fear.
  • Children were highly conscious of the limitations on their freedom, with many missing the ability to exercise, pursue activities, go on special outings and meet up and play with friends.
  • Children expressed concern for family members.
  • The most reported negative aspect of the pandemic related to having fewer social connections, concerns over deaths and the spread of the virus, restrictions, and isolation.
  • By contrast, children expressed liking a range of aspects of the pandemic, such as being at home with their family, flexibility of learning at home and ability to go outside with family members.

Read the other findings and the recommendations developed from this research here.