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Are your kids bored already? These virtual playdate ideas are a great way to let kids of all ages connect while keeping their distance from others.
This free preschool printable includes twenty creative ideas for having a virtual playdate. All you need is access to a smartphone or laptop with video conference or Facetime capabilities, and kids can play together from separate rooms or even separate homes!
Virtual Playdate Ideas
I know that this is a trying time for everyone. Schools are shut down, and people are encouraged to stay home for the foreseeable future. So, how can you keep your kids entertained during these long days? How can you keep them connected to their friends while still encouraging social distancing?
Try hosting a virtual playdate! Most families have smartphones, tablets, or computers with Facetime or video conferencing capabilities. If you do, your kids can have virtual playdates with each other.Spend a day going through the ideas listed on my printable Virtual Playdate Ideas (linked below). Gather your supplies (where needed), print out game boards, and coordinate times with friends.
Then, choose a new activity each day. One day, your child and his friend can play charades via Facetime. Another day, they can build LEGOs together. They can talk to each other via Facetime as they build.
This is important for kids who want to stay connected to their friends but can’t get together in person. It’s also a great way to get kids active (and off the video games) for a little while each day.
Grandparents who are missing the grandkids would love this, as well! Grandparents may enjoy having a dance off or may enjoy reading a favorite book to their grandkids. These are great ways to stay connected in these “stay home” days.
INDOOR ACTIVITY BOOKS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of indoor activity books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids – With the one-of-a-kind projects in 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, your family will rediscover the spirit of imaginative play! These fun activities help develop your child’s creativity and skills–all without a screen in sight. Featuring step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, each budget-friendly project will keep your child entertained, engaged, and learning all day long.
Crafting Really Awesome Free Things – Get ready for some serious family fun! Filled with 100 fun crafts, Creating Really Awesome Free Things helps you develop your child’s creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills–all while using common household items. Each budget-friendly project features step-by-step instructions and keeps kids entertained, engaged, and learning all day long.
101 Kids Activities – Whether your kid is 3, 5 or 12 years old, there are hundreds of fun, educational and engaging things to do in this book. When they ask to watch television, you’ll have the perfect solution. 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! has time-tested, exciting activities to keep your children laughing and learning for the whole day, every day.
Set up a fun indoor play tent for your kids. They can read a book in it, or take a nap in it. This one is easy to set up and fits up to three kids inside.
Marshmallow shooters are so much fun! They’re perfect for burning off some pent up energy, and make for a great break from the norm.
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