Hannah McAlister downloaded the book for her four year old daughter Winter-Rose Boyce. Photo / Supplied
When it came to the announcement of the Covid-19 pandemic, we knew there was going to be a change of lifestyle for not only our team, but the whole of NZ and the world.
Our team sat down two weeks ago and discussed what we could create that didn’t require us to physically make anything in the case that the studio was closed. We also wanted it to be free. We have previously made colouring in story books for Mid Central Hospital Childrens Ward and Middlemore MRI suite and felt this was a good idea to utilise for this situation.
Our self-written brief was to create a form of distraction for children while educating them about the way of life we are currently living. We wanted to give this project a Kiwiana touch so it gave a feeling of our home (Aotearoa). As our team have all been working from home for 2 weeks already, we discussed ideas over Skype and created the story and design. We then all took different parts of story and created the content. Once complete, we printed it out and gave it to our kids for the final inspection. It was about 30mins of drawing and peace for us lol! A complete success to say the least. We then shared it online and away it went.
The book is called “TUI STAYS HOME”. Follow Tui as he becomes a hero by staying home, washing his wings, keeping in touch with his friends over social media and being kind to others.
After making our story book live for download, we had instantly thousands of downloads. NZ Herald came across this and wrote an article on this that you can read here https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12320977
“TUI STAYS HOME” is FREE to download and you can do so right here
Stay home, be kind and enjoy our story book, it’s our gift you.