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Activities for kids during social distancing

Whether you’re team mass hysterics or team ain’t no thing, I think we all can agree that coronavirus has shaken things up for us moms. Many of us are realizing the importance of social distancing while we attempt to keep our families and the community safe.

The need for caution and the concept of social distancing will be with us for some time to come — and you may feel safer at home even as restrictions start to lift and life begins returning to normal. We at Gulf Coast Moms Blog have you covered for ideas to turn a scary moment into some family fun!


  • Spring cleaning day. Who doesn’t need to do this?!
  • Read. Read. Read.
  • Color. Free New Orleans-inspired printable pages are available at www. freebies.
  • Turn on music (or tell Alexa to) and dance.
  • Watch movies.
  • Science kits
  • Puzzles and/or board games delivered directly to your door from Educate & Celebrate!
  • Make a living room fort.
  • Decorate sugar cookies from Dolce Bakeshop.
  • Cook, bake, make smoothies.
  • Write and mail notes to family or drop off in mailbox to neighbors.
  • Draw pictures for elderly neighbors.
  • Free online cooking class and kits: www. suddenlyhomeschooling
  • Nailed It! Challenge, based on the popular Netflix baking show
  • Crafts! Hello, Pinterest projects that I’ve pinned and never done.
  • Paint-by-numbers activity from NELLA Home Interiors & Gifts’s Facebook page.
  • Get a jump start on next year’s reading or science fair project(s).
  • Lego build-off.
  • Take a virtual tour of museums, from London to New York.
  • Glow bath with glow sticks and Glo Pals
  • Sleep. Is that considered an activity?


  • Yard day
  • Pick up trash around the neighborhood. Use gloves, of course.
  • Plant container gardens.
  • Nature scavenger hunt
  • Photography walk — give them a camera and let them go wild.
  • Bike rides
  • Fly a kite.
  • Pick up food to-go or have a picnic.
  • Geocache, a treasure hunt game where you use a GPS to explore local landmarks
  • Scavenger hunt for the road while enjoying a nice long drive — even better if baby sleeps best in the car
  • Fishing
  • Feed ducks.
  • Is Pokémon Go still a thing!?
  • Fairy and gnome boxes made out of old shoe or diaper boxes
  • Create a treasure dig in a baby pool.
  • “Paint” the fence with a brush and water.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Start a compost.
  • Yard games like cornhole or darts
  • Backyard obstacle course
  • Make bird feeders. Roll a pine cone in peanut butter and seeds.
  • Sidewalk chalk murals or self portraits
  • Bubbles and all the bubble things