21 Social Distancing Games and Safe Activities for Kids to Do This Summer


Summer doesn’t have to be ruined due to continued COVID-19 restrictions. These genius indoor and outdoor social distancing games keep kids 6 feet apart from friends while they play.

No matter which phase your state is in when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing orders aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s the bad news. But the good news? It is possible for your kids to play with their friends this summer and still stay safe.

If you feel ready for friends to re-enter your child’s life, start by talking to a trusted friend in your inner circle to schedule a meetup at your home or in an outdoor space, advises Jaclyn Shlisky, Psy.D, a licensed clinical psychologist in Long Island, New York. Then choose games and activities that will allow social-distancing rules to still be respected. One easy example? Dr. Shlisky suggests a game of charades since only two children are needed to play. Each will take turns acting out a word from a specific category while the other watches (from 6 feet away!) and tries to guess what it is. Keep track of points, or just play for fun!

Worried your kid will not take kindly to directed playtime? Try explaining the “why” behind the need for them to play social distancing games. Experts from The Child Study Center at Rutgers University say kids are more likely to stick with new habits if they understand their importance, so starting off with a simple explanation of how staying apart keeps germs from spreading may help your case.

To keep the good times (safely) rolling, we rounded up dozens more fun social distancing games and activities that will keep your kiddos 6 feet apart and smiling all summer long.

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