Meet Seil’s new playmate Pounce

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Mum Rachel Mirembe Stanfield has got it all in hand when it comes to keeping youngsters busy during lockdown.

Rachel from Seil, whose children Ruach, four, and Christy, nine, go to Easdale Pre and Primary School has set up a WhatsApp group to keep classmates connected with the help of a puppet.

With the go-ahead from parents, Rachel, ably assisted by her African lion cub puppet Pounce, sets a daily fun challenge for them to complete then show off to their friends online.

Under supervision of parents, the children can use the WhatsApp to send each other messages and stay in touch.

And every Sunday Rachel and Pounce tell them a story.

Rachel, who grew up in Africa, adopted Pounce through the Bookbug scheme and asked children to think up his name.

‘I wanted to do something that would be fun and non-schooly to keep them active and in touch with each other, then I remembered I had the puppet and it all went from there. I grew up in Africa so Pounce’s accent comes natural to me,’ said Rachel.