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

Scavenger Hunts

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

How to play: On a rainy day, you might be tempted to just Netflix and chill with your kiddos. But Dr. Shlisky suggests the ultimate FaceTime fun for little ones by doing a scavenger hunt with an educational twist. Depending on your kids’ ages (siblings on both sides of the screen can play), you can start basic with a clue like, “Find something that starts with an A, B, C ….. Z.” Or you can have kids search for items they are grateful for, like something that’s their favorite color. If you want to up the learning, you can use clues that start with “Search your favorite book for…” and give a list of things to find—two vivid verbs, one thing the main character wanted to do, or two adjectives.

Body Bingo

  • Best ages: Grades K – 8
  • Players: 8 – 12
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Perfect for a large group of friends the Body Bingo game is ideal for kids in grades 3 to 5 (math skills are required) but as young as Kindergarten level. Parents can print out a bingo board courtesy of the Asphalt Green Recess Enhancement Program (at asphaltgreen.org/REP). The goal is for players to complete the math problems and accompanying exercises across, down or diagonally to get Bingo. Tasks like: 5 multiplied by 3, you do that many squats or 22 plus 10 ankle circles. Your kids are staying physically fit and mentally, too!

Bust a Rhyme

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 5
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Ideal for more than five players, start the Bust a Rhyme game by having all participants stand in a circle 6 feet apart. Next, choose a leader to say a word (like “cat”), then have the child to their right say a word that rhymes with it. Continue around the circle until it gets back to the leader! The next person is the leader and the game continues. If someone gets a word wrong, can’t think of something or says something not in the dictionary (hey, it happens!) then all participants do five squats.

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