Children in Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven are putting up colourful pictures of rainbows in their windows in a bid to spread hope and happiness during the coronavirus pandemic.

As schools, nurseries and playgrounds were forced to shut earlier this month with strict self-isolation rules children can no longer see their friends or go out to play.

Neigbourhoods like Dumbarton are putting up bright rainbows on their windows for them to spot as many as they can on their walks.

This will encourage children to take part in this arts and crafts task to help their numerical skills when playing this giant ‘I Spy’ game.

One mum and teacher from Dumbarton told the Reporter how she came across this idea and why she is encouraging others to do the same.

She said: “I saw my colleagues sharing the idea on their Facebook page, and thought it would be a great idea for this area. It is the only time my children actually want to exercise.

Many of the posters have been drawn or painted by children, while other messages of support for the NHS have also appeared in various locations.

It certainly brightens up their day when they are out exploring in these difficult times.

“It also gives hope to the community. It is almost like a silent voice telling us to stick together and stay strong. “

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