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Are you looking for ways to help your kids stay connected to others? Here are some great ideas on following the rules of social distancing and keeping kids connected through technology! These are things you could do as a family or that you could help coordinate for your kids.
FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom
FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom are all examples of resources that can be used as an amazing way to stay connected with others! Many schools, companies, and families are already using these tools to connect with one another. Isn’t technology great?!
Read a Story Together
My mom has grandkids that live in another state, so she uses Google Hangouts to read a story with them every now and then. Oft times they each have a copy of the book so the grandkids can follow along as grandma reads. 🙂
Do a Video Chat
Call up a family member or friend that live down the street or across the country. Catch up on what’s happening and give yourselves the opportunity to laugh! I really enjoy talking with my family members and we always find reasons to laugh together. As the saying goes “laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter is something that can make any hard time or difficult situation a little lighter and more manageable!
Sing Songs and Play Music
Who says you can’t have your own virtual band? Invite your child to pull out their drum set (or pan and spoon set) and get their cousins on the line with pianos, shakers, and whistles. No promises on how the sound will blend together, but be prepared for lots of giggles!
Use Your Cell Phone
Cell phones are certainly not a new thing, but they sure can come in handy. Put those picture-taking skills to use!
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of common household items. After the list has been shared, each person needs to find each item at their house and take a picture with it. The first person to share all of their pictures wins. (What does the winner get? You choose! maybe a virtual high five;)) You are welcome to start with this checklist! For more fun pictures, you could include ideas from these 27 Home Activities for Kids.
Action Scavenger Hunt
Adding a slight twist to the virtual scavenger hunt, this one is all about doing. Take pictures of yourself doing certain things. IE. jumping jacks, push-ups, building a tower out of pillows and blankets, doing a headstand, putting a slinky down the stairs, etc.
**Parents, you could really use this one to your advantage! Tasks could include things like washing dishes, folding laundry, and making a bed.
Make your own movie, you can even skip the editing! This can be as simple as pulling out your cell phone and videoing your family members recreating a scene from a favorite movie then sharing it with others who will enjoy it! Or letting your kids write their own script/story and using props and costumes from around the house. You can always get a little fancier and bring in computer editing skills and music. It’s all up for grabs! Once you’ve decided and completed your movie, share it so others can enjoy it!
You may not be close enough to play the timeless game of tag in person, but you can start a game of video tag! How does this work? Its pretty straightforward.
Create a short video of yourself and/or your family doing something IE. Making a human pyramid, handstands, cartwheels, decorating cookies, playing a card game, passing a ball, etc. The ‘what’ part isn’t as important as the ‘why’ to enjoy an activity and bring a smile to someone else’s face!
Once you’ve completed your video, send it off to a family member or friend with a challenge to video themselves doing an activity. Ask them to send it back to you AND forward it on with a challenge to someone else. This could spread lots of fun and laughter!
Find someone or a group of people across the world and start writing! Having a pen pal can be a fun way to share what is happening in your part of the world and to learn about others. With the vast amount of technology we have available to us, you could easily share pictures as well. Share things you like to do, eat, watch, read, etc. You could get extra fancy and have a theme each week such as favorite foods, common modes of transportation, and It could be a great opportunity to learn about different cultures with your kids!
Share Positive Messages
Share something positive on social media every day. As you share, encourage others to comment with their own happy thoughts/observations from their lives. Some days may be harder than others, this could be something as simple as seeing the sun come out from behind the clouds. 🙂
Send Happy Notes
Everyone likes to feel loved. Sending a happy note to someone can do just that! These can be simple notes of encouragement sent via text, snail mail, email, etc. As a family you could choose a few people each week to write notes to. This could be anyone you feel could benefit- which is really everyone:) Younger children can participate by adding drawings to be sent with the notes.
Create a Comic
One person writes the commentary/story and the other person draws the pictures to go along with it. This could easily be done virtually. Just set the camera up to where your drawing/writing can be seen by the other person! Once the masterpiece is complete, take a picture and send it to the other person. Many devices also have a nice scan feature that allows you to capture just the page you’d like to share and not the table/desk around it.
Write That Story
Co-author a story together! Each person takes a turn adding onto the story. You can have as many people participate as you’d like. The first person starts it out by writing a few sentences. The next person adds to the text, continuing the story. Google Docs would be an excellent way to write this type of story because everyone would instantly see the updates!
Spread joy through happy messages and pictures using sidewalk chalk! You can do it on your driveway, sidewalk, etc. Neighbors glancing out their windows/walking by will enjoy also enjoy it!
Take pictures and share it through text messages, social media, and email. Just imagine all the smiles you could help create!
* Virtual Scavenger Hunt Riddle Answers*