Apr 28, 2020
Brian Mayer continues to discuss this prolonged period of what is
called social distancing during the current pandemic we are all
facing. Kids have an especially difficult time with this
mostly because it is hard for the younger ones to understand and
the older ones are just really so used to be so social. Today
we will talk about some creative ideas for kids to be able connect
while being physically distant. We hope you enjoy today’s
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- The need to be socially distant from others during the current
pandemic is tough enough for adults, but what about the kids.
Kids can have such a difficult time because (unless they are
homeschooled) are used to being around lots of other kids and
- This difficulty in our kids having trouble with social
distancing can be very burdensome on us as adults especially in a
blended family. Because relationships are often strained in a
blended family and now we are spending lots more time together that
it can cause an even greater strain.
- However, I have heard lots of stories to the contrary where
families are coming closer together by doing some really creative
things at this time.
- We are going to talk about some creative ideas that your kids
can do during this time to help them with the whole social
distancing issue. Some ideas they can mostly do on their own
and others could be done together.
- For the younger kids, a website called Go Noodle has all sorts of videos
to help with movement and mindfulness. This could be
a good site to start the day where kids get off to a fresh start by
moving and or doing some meditation.
- Use Zoom which is a
videoconferencing website where kids can connect with other
kids. This might be a good opportunity for teens to
stay connected with each other. Of course you may need to
set up some ground rules for communication and
whether or not you want to be able to see and hear what is going on
in real time. There is also a record feature that you could
let your child know could be used to go back and look through the
video if need be. Working with the other parents on how best
to approach this would also be a good idea.
- Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course. I
actually saw this one day while I was on a run. The neat
thing is that the kids wrote in chalk that this could be used by
anyone who wanted to have fun. Obviously this one might be a
bit difficult to maintain distance if lots of kids want to do this
- Use Recycled Items to Create Something
Fun. This one might best for the younger kids, but
teens could enjoy it as well. For the young ones, creating a
robot out of used milk jugs or maybe teens can create some kind of
electronic device from old electronic parts and wires you might
- Cook Together Especially To Help Someone
Else. Getting the kids more involved in cooking can
always be fun. What would make it even more fun and important
would be to cook for a neighbor or a friend in need. I have
seen lots of people doing this for other and leaving the food in
the garage or on the porch.
- Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt. You could
make a game out of finding things in the neighborhood. For
example, the kids might have to collect 3 different types of
leaves, or find a white wild flower (teach them the difference
between wild flowers and those that people have planted before they
- Make a Movie. Have the kids develop a plot, write a script,
choose the actors, and film using a smart phone. There is
lots of great movie editing software to choose from to help put it
- Online Books Including Audio. A great website called
Get Epic has lots of great
kids books to choose from whether they read or listen to the
audio. There is a free trial available and then after that
there is a cost. The one comes highly recommended from my
wife, the teacher!
- We hope that this episode has your creative juices flowing to
help come up with some not so common ideas to the potential boredom
that is possibly setting in for your blended family.
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