21 SOCIAL DISTANCING GAMES AND SAFE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS TO DO THIS SUMMER
After several weeks of social distancing and staying indoors, it’s important to get some fresh air every once in a while. One way you can get active and enjoy the sunshine is by playing yard games right in the safety of your own backyard.
If you’re looking for new ways to pass the time outside, we’ve compiled a list of the best yard games. From Spikeball to lawn darts, there’s bound to be at least one option on our list that strikes your fancy.
- Kan Jam Disc Game
Kan Jam is an upgraded version of frisbee that requires good aim and a tad more patience. It’s similar to a game of cornhole, but played with a disc instead of bean bags. The object of the game is to score points as a team by throwing the disc in the goal. If you’re up for a challenge, this is the game for you.
Spikeball ,which is a unique combo of volleyball and four square, is a great game to play in the yard, at the beach or even in your basement! Both teams of two serve and hit the ball off the net for a series of volleys until one team reaches 21 points. This set comes with one frame and net, three balls and an inflation needle.
3. Franklin Sports Bocce Ball Set
Bocce ball is an easy but fun and competitive game for the whole family to enjoy. This set from Franklin Sports comes with eight all-weathered molded bocce balls, one scoring jack and a carrying bag.
4.Cornhole — Triumph Tournament Bag Toss
Cornhole is another traditional but entertaining game you can play outdoors all year round! The boards in this particular set are meant to be durable, scratch-resistant and have foldable wooden legs.
5.Human Inflatable Bumper Bubble Ball
If you’re really looking to get adventurous in your backyard, you need to check out this human inflatable bumper bubble ball! The game is played similarly to soccer, but you’re also carrying a large inflatable ball on your shoulders as you bump, roll and flip down the field.
6. Maranda Classic Lawn Darts
Lawn darts is an easy but entertaining game to bring along to your picnic while social distancing. You need two or four people to play and it comes with two targets, two red darts and two blue darts. You score points based on where the dart lands inside the target, and the team that reaches 21 points wins the game!
7. Yard Dominos
These large dominos are just as nice to look at as they are to play with since they’re made out of solid pine wood. Each set comes with a drawstring bag to hold all 28 dominoes for easy storage.
8. Giant Wooden Yard Dice
This giant wooden yard dice is an exciting way to play some of your favorite classic dice games. This set comes with six large dice and a storage bag for you to take them wherever you want!
9. Pass The Pigs:
Pass The Pigs is a classic dice game with a new twist! Each player tosses the pigs and they gain or lose points depending on how they land. Whoever reaches 100 points first wins the game.
10. Personalized Connect Four Lawn Game
If you’re not opposed to spending a little extra money, this lawn game can offer some larger-than-life fun. It’s machine-cut from beautiful heirloom-quality maple wood, and there are even customization options available.
11. Maranda LadderBall
LadderBall is really easy to play but will definitely get your friends and family member’s competitive juices flowing! Both teams stand 25 inches away from the ladder and toss the bolas to score points by landing on the ladder’s bars. The first player or team to reach 21 points wins.
12. Giant Jenga
Giant Jenga is an upgraded (and larger) version of the game we all know and love. It comes with 54 massive hardwood blocks, and you can play this game with one or more people!
13. L.L. Bean Archery Set
If you enjoy playing a traditional game of darts, you should give archery a try! This set comes with an easy-to-string recurve bow, three arrows, a paper target and more.
14. Wooden Lawn Bowling Set
Bring the bowling alley right to your front yard with this set of wooden lawn bowling pins and balls. Since you’ll probably be most successful playing this on a hard surface, we recommend playing this on your driveway or porch.
15.kick it with kickball
Its a outdoors game. A popular pastime of parents growing up in the ’90s, kickball is a smart way to get a larger group of your child’s buddies together (ideal for more than five). Meet at a local field so there’s plenty of open space and bring your pool noodles to use as bases or for keeping the distance when kids are waiting in line to kick the ball.
16. Fence Freeze Dance
If your kid’s best buds live next door, meet in adjoining backyards and start a game of freeze dance. It’s silly enough that mom and dad may want to join in, but getting close isn’t in the recipe since each child only needs the spot they’re standing in. In this activity, everyone dances when the music plays and freezes as soon as the music stops—hold that position until the music starts back up again. If someone doesn’t immediately freeze, order them to do something like 10 push ups or 5 round of courtyard.
A study published in the journal of Early Childhood Research Quarterly suggests that this classic game, Simon Says, is the key to improving kids’ chances of success in the classroom. The study found that children’s ability to self-regulate is a critical element in their language and literacy development. Kids who are good at self-regulating can manage their emotions and behavior in order to achieve a specific goal. Best for kids younger than first grade, asking them to play a variation of “Simon Says” (follow instructions and do the opposite of what’s asked) is fun and educational without them even knowing it.
Even frontline workers, like one New York pediatrician, agree that socially-distanced play dates should take place. She suggests cookie decorating with kids placed at opposite ends of an outdoor dining table. Each child can have their own bowls with sprinkles, icing, and other baked goods so there’s no worry about sharing germs.
For school-aged kids, their annual field day event is the signal that summer is near and it’s no doubt a bummer to have missed this year. You can recreate this beloved event and make your own field day at home and invite the neighbors to play. Try homemade competitions like the pillowcase potato sack race, “don’t drop the egg” relay with spoons, and bed sheet tug of war.
20.Bust a Rhyme
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.
For this classic game, Have kids stand in a circle 6 feet apart, then nominate a “detective” to leave the area so they can’t hear what’s going on. Parents pick a leader who will start initiating movements (like jumping jacks or butt kicks) that everyone else will copy. Then the “detective” returns and stands in the middle of the circle. They have to figure out who’s the leader of the group in three guesses! Next game, the leader becomes the detective and the game continues.
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