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

Noodle Tag

  • Players: 3
  • Where to play: Outdoors
  • Best ages: Grades K – 2

How to play: Grab a few friends, more than three is ideal, and give everybody a pool noodle. When someone is “it” they have to tag their buddies by using the end of the noodle. Soft and bendy so nobody gets hurt, but also social-distanced approved so no one comes too close!

Porch Games

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: When your kid needs a break from the sun, set him up on the front steps or porch with their Nintendo Switch, and let their neighborhood pal set up their chair in your yard. One mom said there’s no need to worry about her son getting too close to his friend, but they feel like they’re doing something together and look forward to these visits.

Hello Neighbor

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: One mom in Westchester, New York said her kids play a game called “Hello Neighbor” where they hide an old set of keys and their opponent (the neighbor) needs to find the keys and return safely back to the front door. This is easy to play with two friends, or sets of siblings living next door to one another. (Spice it up by playing “hot and cold” with the hidden keys, which helps little ones practice the idea of opposites and refine their listening skills.)

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