Fun Ways to Practice Social Distancing

Not sure how to pass the time now that nearly everything is closed and the recommendation to distance ourselves socially is upon us?

Here are a few ideas courtesy of the Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder community to practice social distancing with your kids during COVID-19:

  • Have each kid pick a topic they’d like to learn about, then spend 30 minutes every day on that topic
  • Spend a day reading every picture book in the house
  • Make a game out of tearing up old mail laying around the house
  • Bake something
  • Have each kid write a letter/email to a different friend or family member
  • Use all the building toys in the house to make one giant structure
  • Make a game of washing your hands!
    • Watch all the hand-washing videos on YouTube and vote on your favorite
    • Pick out a song with a verse at least 20 seconds long to wash your hands to
  • Have backyard races, such as hopping on one foot, crab-walking, or walking backward
    • Make up your own Olympic games
  • Make a stop-motion animation with Play-Doh
  • Facetime with grandparents or other extended family
  • Watch Disney+
    • Have a popcorn and movie marathon
  • Inventory plants and wildlife in your yard
  • Learn the parts of plants and flowers and how they function (bonus if they learn the Latin names)
  • Catch and observe bugs (like Roly Polys)
  • Write and illustrate a short story
  • Learn how to bind books from home
  • Have the kids help with yard work between outdoor games
    • Build a garden together
    • Teach the older kids how to mow the lawn
  • Visit GoNoodle! for guided movement and relaxation games
  • Play board games, card games, or Legos
    • Make up your own rules
    • Have a tournament
  • Learn how to sew
  • Learn to scrapbook and craft
  • Build pillow forts and tents
    • Have a shadow puppet show inside using flashlights
  • Learn about the birds local to your area
    • Look up their calls on YouTube and make a game of recognizing them
  • Learn how to make stuffed animals
  • Learn some “kitchen chemistry”
    • Make slime, play with baking recipes to see what the difference is without certain ingredients
  • Check out this list of educational resources that have waived fees during COVID-19
  • Build puzzles
  • Clean and organize each kid’s space and make donation boxes. Make a game out of it!
  • Write a story together by having each kid build on what the last one said
  • Follow kid-friendly YouTube exercise videos, such as Zumba, dance, or yoga to get moving
  • Create a scavenger hunt with some sort of prize at the end
  • Make sidewalk chalk art outside
  • Listen to kid-friendly podcasts
  • Use activity books and presents that got put away or forgotten
  • Learn about planets and have the kids build a solar system in the house
    • Build a spacecraft out of Legos or other household items to travel around to all the different planets
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Figure out recipes for random things in the kitchen cabinets
  • Paint the fence or the house (outside) with washable paints
  • Have an indoor beach party on cold or rainy days
    • Put on swimsuits, sunglasses, and lay out beach towels in the living room

There are so many fun ideas to keep you and your kids occupied during this social distancing recommendation! Just make sure to have fun and stay safe!