Digital penpal group up to encourage Doncaster children to write to each other during pandemic

A Facebook page encouraging children stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic to write to each other has been set up.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 5:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 5:57 am

The Daily Flap encourages youngsters to write to each other by email or letter.

A spokesman for the page said: “These kids are joined through parents from all the country.

“We have over a hundred pairings and counting so far and hopefully going to achieve more to make it a success.

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A group has been set up for pen pals.

Children range in age from 3-4-15 years old – and the group is run with full authority from parents.

It added: “Good for making new friends, practicing handwriting and/or spelling and something to look forward to.

“If you think you’d like to join in please come and join the group and select an age in the poll.

Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the closure of all the UK’s schools last week, parents across the country have been coming up with hundreds of creative ideas to keep children entertained during the indefinite closure, which could see schools closed for up to six months.

Children of key workers are still able to attend school – but the Government has stressed that as many children as possible should stay at home to maintain social distancing guidelines and to limit the spread of COVID-19 which has seen more than 300,000 cases worldwide and a virtual global shutdown.

Locally, children have also been painting pictures of rainbows to place in their windows.