With summer here and states beginning to ease restrictions, you might begin thinking about playdates for your child again. The CDC recommends families keep play groups small, practice social distancing, meet outdoors, and sanitize hands frequently. These recommendations, while practical, are not always easily implemented, especially with young children.
Below are a few ideas to help your child stay connected with friends while staying safe during the current pandemic.
1. Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts are fun for children of all ages. Provide them with a picture list of items to find in your neighborhood (i.e., a red stop sign, a yellow flower, a black car). Younger children can practice identifying colors while older children may be able to identify numbers or letters on signs or houses. Tailor the items based on the children’s age level. Have the children take turns to ensure social distancing.
Invite another family to join you for a yummy picnic lunch. Bring your own food and blanket and enjoy a nice day outdoors. Consider meeting in your backyard instead of a popular park to limit exposure to large crowds.
3. Riding Bikes or Scooters
Riding bikes or scooters is a great way to get fresh air and stay active. In your driveway, create two lanes six feet apart and encourage your child and his friend to see who can get to the end first. For older children, set up an obstacle course for a greater challenge.
4. Outdoor Craft Projects
Drawing with chalk, making slime, and painting on easels, are fun ways for children to be creative and engaged together. Encourage the children to describe what they created using color, size and shape vocabulary.
5. Bubble Machine Party
Bubble machines are a great way for children to play without needing to have physical contact. Invite a few friends over and turn on the bubble machine and some music. Your child will love dancing around and popping bubbles with his friends.