Activities for Social Distancing When You Have Kids!

On March 15th, 2020 one of the moms in Crayon Power Playschool's community sent me this list of activities for social distancing. She had made it in preparation for the inevitable fate of New York City's schools closing. She has given me permission to share her compilation of ideas with all of you.


● baking and cooking

● silly baking ideas (make green eggs and ham, rainbow pancakes, rainbow rice)

● play-dough

● science experiments

● toy-car wash (inside in bath or outside)

● Lego, Magnatiles, or block sculptures or structures

● measure household objects

● reading-writing stories

● make your own mad-libs

● books on tape

● listening to music

● help with chores (laundry, cleaning, vacuuming, etc)

● cut kids' hair (or your own!)

● box forts or tents (with sheets)


● mixed media art

● torn paper collages

● tracing common objects around the house and then turn them into characters

● make your own coloring book-origami

● make your own flipbook

● write and draw stories (make a book)

● create dot-dot books

● make your own crossword puzzles

● puppet making

● paper airplanes

● clay sculptures

● stop motion with clay, legos, etc

● jewelry making (can make edible ones with cheerios), or paint pasta for "beads)

● Pictionary (make it yourself)

● paint with stickers or paint by numbers (make it yourself!)

● make cards and send to friends and family

● sewing (with needle and thread, yarn and paper and hole punch, embroidery, etc)

● design and then sew kids' costumes and/or stuffed animals or clothes for dolls (if you have the materials!)

● make mini houses/stations/airports for toy cars/trucks/trains


● board games

● card games

● puzzles

● spoons (need a deck of cards and spoons!)

● make your own game (can incorporate art, math, reading, writing)

● make your own puzzles with old or new drawings on cardboard

● indoor bowling

● hide & seek (people & objects)

● tickle monster game

● scavenger hunt

● I spy (can combine this game with chores or baking projects)

● pretend play

● blindfolded tasting game (or smelling with spices, etc)

● dress up

● sink or float (in bath, use random toys and objects and have your kids guess which one will sink or float)

● lots of easy quick games for littles:


● dance

● yoga

● stretching

● pretend animal play (crawling, etc)

● charades

● acting/pretend


● chalk drawings

● hopscotch

● treasure hunt

● collect sticks

● rocks

● leaves for art projects (leaf rubbing, coloring rocks, tying together sticks for pretend boats/rafts, etc)

● I spy game outside

● mini running race-games of Chase, tag

● bird watching

● make bird feeder

● planting seeds, etc

● picking up weeds

● hike/walk-playing with a ball (catch, soccer, etc)

● pretend Olympics (make up a couple of exercises or routines, including silly ones)


● FaceTime with friends and family

● FaceTime singalongs or concerts/plays with friends

● YouTube books aloud

● Educational games

● Short films

● free virtual museum tours

CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES * a repeat of some of the above or longer-term projects that take a few days/a week to do

● puppet show: create a story, write a script, make puppets and a mini set (cardboard box, set up on the table). can also make marionettes if kids are older). could reuse known fairy tales (three little pigs), or a version of peter and the wolf for younger kids

● create a play (similar to the above), create/repurpose story, have a simple script and then dress up!

● shadow puppet show

● compose music, a song, or have a dance recital-home science experiments and studies

● learn about parts of plants or flowers, go outside and draw them

● study birds (Cornell’s Merlin App is great)

● a study in planets include making each one and create a hanging universe mobile

● design and make clothing or stuffed animals (have kids draw a template, measure material, pattern, etc)

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