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

Line Math

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 6
  • Where to play: Outdoors

How to play: Split a group of neighborhoods kids into two teams and have them sit in two lines, 6 feet apart. Place cones in the distance in a line in front of the teams and designate a number to each cone (keep it simple with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ). A parent comes up with a list of math problems and asks a member from each time to stand up and get ready to run. The parent calls out a math problem (3+2=5 or 2×2=4), but lets the players guess the answer. They have to run as fast as they can to the correct cone—whoever is first to the correct cone gets a point. Add a twist: make players hop, run backwards, or bear crawl to the cone; for older grades, use multiplication and division.

Lawn Letter Scramble

  • Best ages: Grades K – 5
  • Players: 2
  • Where to play: Indoors or outdoors

How to play: Prep for this activity by writing the letters of the alphabet on large pieces of paper, and come up with a list of age-appropriate words for the participants. Then have your child and their friend(s) sit in your lawn in 6 feet apart spots and scramble the letters in one of your words in front of them in a line and give them a hint (person, place or thing; or Disney character, sport, name of a state). One child gets up at a time to move one letter to its correct spot. For every word that can’t be figured out, tell players they must do something silly like dance in place for one minute.

The Maze

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

How to play: Use painters tape and crepe paper streamers, construct a zig-zagging maze down the hall. Just attach to your walls from one side to the other in any order variation. The tape or paper should create a maze so the kids playing have to try to get from one end to the other without breaking the tape or paper in a designated amount of time (30 seconds to one minute). One player goes through the maze while the other players wait in a socially-distanced appropriate line until they each get to try it alone.

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