7 Ways Kids Can Socialize While Keeping Social Distance
A kids ability to socialize with peers is key in helping them alleviate anxiety.
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Teach a Class on a Favorite Subject
Set up an online group playdate for one kid (or even a parent) to teach a lesson. Maybe it’s a magic trick, a song, a Lego tower—or another easy creative project that can be demonstrated and then imitated on the other end. Rotate amongst friends for who will teach the daily or weekly class.
Start a Book or Film Club
Invite a group of friends to read a specific, age-appropriate book and then set a time for them to virtually gather to discuss it. (See our list of where you can get free books.) Similarly, choose a kid-friendly documentary for everyone to watch on their own and then make a date to talk to each other about the film. Friends could also watch a film together using the popular Netflix Party app (or Airtime for those without a subscription). Or choose one of these ten other ways to share videos with friends online.
Cook and Dine Together
Eating a meal together is a classic way to socialize so set up some lunch-time playdates—maybe even one where kids eat the same easy meal. Or start the date earlier with a simultaneous cooking experience—the kids can make the same lunch in their own kitchens while online with one another. Afterwards, they can sit down to enjoy it together.
There are many other ways kids can stay in touch. A phone call, for example, might be just the novel outreach that they’ll cherish. But remember that it often falls to the parents to encourage these exchanges—and to make sure their own kids stay virtually social, and sane.
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