Ideas for physically distant in-person activities for kids and youth

Kids need to socialize and de-stress, but how can they hang out with friends while living in our COVID-19 world? Outside is probably the best play space and our summer weather is lasting into September! We’ve collected some resources and ideas for physically distant (C19-compatible), off-screen and in-person activities. Choose a space that gives kids room to interact safely for the chosen activity and have fun!

sidewalk chalk hopscotch course

Be physically active while physically distanced

 Get creative

  • make a Story Walk
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Create a DIY drum or other percussion instrument, like this Pellet Drum. Take your new instrument outside and make some music!
  • Pre-packaged bags with a craft. Have a display table or space for sharing everyone’s creation.
  • Paint rocks, then place them around your neighborhood
  • Tell a group story with each person sharing one sentence. The first person can begin “Once upon a time” and complete that sentence. The next person continues the story. People can alternate between "fortunately" and "unfortunately" while adding their lines.
  • How about a drive-in? Little kids can make cars from boxes and other provided supplies, and then sit in their cars to watch a short movie on a sheet. Or have friends bring blankets or chairs and snacks.

Play a game

  • Charades
  • Alphabet memory game such as “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing..” or “I’m going on a trip and I’m packing..” The first person starts by naming something that begins with A and the next person repeats the first person’s item and adds something that starts with B. And so on.
  • ‘What's Yours” Circle Game. Someone leaves the group and the rest of people decide on something. The person who is "It" then asks random people in the circle "What's yours?" and then uses that to guess what the things is. For example, the group decides the thing will be hair. Then the person comes back and asks people, "What's yours?" and they can answer black, dyed, dry, silky, long, greasy, etc. until the person guesses what it is.
  • Geocaching or a treasure hunt with staggered start times
  • Make your own bowling pins, reusing materials you might otherwise recycle or toss--paper towel tubes (cover both ends and put some dried beans or something inside for a little weight), pringles cans, water bottles. Use a small ball to bowl. Your bowling 'alley' could be set up on a driveway, sidewalk, patio, or playground.

Looking for more ideas? Try these resources

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