Play dates in the time of Coronavirus

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These days play dates may seem like a thing of the past but if your kids are anything like mine, they are craving the fun and socialization of being with other children.  We have taken to having Virtual play dates and Drive-By play dates, they are not the same but it’s better than nothing.

To ensure these play dates go well you may want to have a few activities planned in advance with the other child’s parent.  Some ideas:

Plan a show and tell, does your child have a new toy or art project they want to show off, have the kids take turns showing their friends what they have been up to.

Plan a building activity – coordinate with the other parent to get the same Building Sets as their friend then have them complete their sets online together, once they are complete, they will have the same toy in their hands to play with.

Draw together – give the kids a theme or download some Free Coloring Pages from Crayola and they can decide together what they want to draw.

Play a game – there are some games that translate well to socially distant play dates, here are our favorites:

Tic Tac Toe on Dry Erase White Boards

Minute to Win it – All you need is an Oreo and a timer for “face the cookie.” Which kid can get the cookie from their forehead to their mouth without touching it with their hands?  Can they do it in under a minute?  This is sure to bring out the giggles.

There is no right way to get your children to interact with others, but these are extraordinary times and we need to prioritize our children’s social well-being.

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