With everything going on in the world right now, people of all ages are having to cope with spending weeks and even months away from their loved ones. While it’s easier for adults to understand why isolation and social distancing is important, it’s much more difficult to explain to young children why they can’t go to school, why they can’t see their extended family members, and why they can’t play with their friends. Amazingly, this mom came up with the perfect solution that allows her toddler friends to finally play together.
Life in Lockdown
For many people, lockdown is proving to be extremely difficult, and it seems as though life is even more difficult for kids who miss playing with their friends. Three-year-old Arlo and two-year-old Arabella Devonport from Yorkshire, England, are two siblings who have been finding it especially hard. Not only are they having to stay away from their family, but they are also having to stay away from their best friend, Leo Adlington, who lives just next door. Being so close to Leo but not being able to see or play with him has proven to be tough for these siblings, but things have now changed.
Building Something Bespoke
Arlo and Arabella’s mom could see that her children were struggling, so she came up with a genius idea that would allow the children to keep their distance while also playing together. She ordered a piece of perspex glass online and then cut into the fence that divided the two houses. When this was done, they fixed the perspex panel into the hole in the fence — and the end result was ready. Now, the kids can play together through the perspex, and they can even use pens to play games such as noughts and crosses.
It’s incredible to see creative minds work during this time of crisis and now these toddler friends can play together once again!