Children are having to adapt to some big changes during the coronavirus pandemic, from being homeschooled, missing friends and teachers to not even being able to play outside. Some, like the children of health care workers, have had to move in with relatives as their parents aim to minimze the risk of spreading COVID-19 to them.
One World: Together At Home was a global event that celebrated and supported health workers and other essential workers around the world, as well as the World Health Organization and its COVID-19 response efforts. It included amazing musical performances, appearances from today’s most notable celebrities, stories from frontline workers, and inspirational news moments.
It also included some especially adorable moments for kids (that many adults liked, too).
Here are three of Global Citizen’s favorites.
1. When Abby From Sesame Street Told Everyone About Self-Hugging
Abby, a pink, pig-tailed 4-year-old muppet from Sesame Street, told viewers that she understood that many of us are having "some big feelings right now."
"But that’s OK," Abby said. "Because we’re all in this together."
She went on to describe something she’s learned to do to help keep calm that her mom taught her. If she’s having any big feelings, or any feelings really, she gives herself a hug — "a self-hug" — and takes a deep breath.
2. When SpongeBob SquarePants Made a Cameo
Another cameo was from SpongeBob Squarepants, who made an appearance in last night’s show to show everyone how to wash their hands — although he took it a bit too far.
He was busy washing his hands, with his boss giving him instructions — but Spongebob scrubbed them so much they disappeared.
3. When Oscar the Grouch Shared His Take on Social Distancing
Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street joined in to tell everyone to stay home.
"I don’t want to see your smiling face, I don’t want to smell your pretty perfume, I don’t want to be anywhere near you!" he said. "This social distancing thing is kind of a grouch’s dream… Anyway, for everyone’s sake, just stay home — will you?"
Children are playing their own part in tackling coronavirus around the world, helping out collecting food, helping their parents pack supplies for people in need, and more.