Most parents support the #playathome campaign
Nearly two-thirds of the parents of children aged 4 to 17 (64%) have heard of the #PlayAtHome campaign and most are finding it useful and interesting
PODGORICA, 3 May 2020 – Nearly two-thirds of the parents of children aged 4 to 17 (64%) have heard of the #PlayAtHome campaign and most are finding it useful and interesting. These are the results of a recent public opinion poll conducted by Ipsos, with the support of UNICEF, during the last week of April on a nationally representative sample of parents of children aged 4 to 17.
"We are pleased that our work with UNICEF has been well received by parents. This means that the materials are good-quality and really helpful for working with children. We are particularly proud that Montenegro has managed to supply its primary and secondary schools and kindergartens with materials during the pandemic. Everyone can find something for their child, regardless of their age,” said Milica Lekic, Public Relations Adviser at the Ministry of Education.
All kindergartens across the country are actively supporting this campaign by posting footage on social media of various games for parents and preschoolers, inviting parents to support the development of children through playing at home. The footage is also being shared on the social network profiles of the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and the Parents Association, which launched the #PlayAtHome campaign immediately after closing kindergartens to combat coronavirus in Montenegro.
"One in two parents believe that caring for preschool children at home during the COVID-19 crisis is a challenge for parents. Through the #PlayAtHome campaign, we want to support them to use this time to foster the development of their children and build an even closer relationship with them,” explains Jelena Perovic, UNICEF's Communications Coordinator in Montenegro.
On Sunday, two new games became available, and their creators are teachers from Niksic and Bar.
"One of the best and most creative ways for kids to have fun is by doing a shadow play. In addition to being fun, this game has an educational value as the child develops an imagination and strengthens coordination of their movements. Through the shadow play, you can tell your child a famous fairy tale or fable, and you can also encourage children to make up their own story and make this game even more creative and interesting,” said Jovana Papic, a teacher at the "Dragan Kovacevic" Public Preschool Institution in Niksic.
All parents can learn how to make a shadow play with their children from the video by Jovana Papic.
How to make a sailboat from objects you have at home? – This is the title of the video by Zorana Misovic, from "Vukosava Ivanovic Masanovic" Public Preschool Institution in Bar.
"The footage shows how easily and quickly, using materials we have at home, any parent can help a child build a sailboat. At the same time, it gives him or her an opportunity not only to have a good time, but also to develop his or her imagination while decorating the sailing boat ... Use this time, play with your children and create shared memories!” says Misovic.
The goal of the #PlayAtHome campaign is to support the parents of preschool children to devote extra time to their children during this crisis, help them to relax and encourage their development through various types of games at home.
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