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

Cookie Decorating

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

How to play: Even frontline workers, like one New York pediatrician, agree that socially-distanced play dates should take place. She suggests cookie decorating with kids placed at opposite ends of an outdoor dining table. Each child can have their own bowls with sprinkles, icing, and other baked goods so there’s no worry about sharing germs. Then everyone gets to indulge!

Field Day

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 4
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: For school-aged kids, their annual field day event is the signal that summer is near and it’s no doubt a bummer to have missed this year. You can recreate this beloved event and make your own field day at home and invite the neighbors to play. Try homemade competitions like the pillowcase potato sack race, “don’t drop the egg” relay with spoons, and bed sheet tug of war.

Driveway Chutes and Ladders

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

How to play: Sketch out an oversized board game of Chutes and Ladders on your driveway using chalk—10 squares wide by 10 squares tall. The numbers of your grid should wrap around as you go from 1 to 100, then let your kids create the ladders wherever they think it’ll be most fun. Add in some fun twists when you step on certain numbers, like stepping on number 10 means you do 10 jumping jacks or if you land on 95 you do five sit-ups. Use a spinner from a board game. Your kids will giggle through the game as they act as the pawns moving from spot to spot (kind of like a game of hop scotch).

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