Family-Friendly Social Distancing Activities for Outdoors
With the rise of COVID-19 and the developing concerns surrounding it, many families and individuals are practicing social distancing. It’s no secret that this introduces a change to our daily schedules and routines. For many children and their parents, a consistent routine is everything. It reinforces structure, eases our mind, compartmentalizes time, and allows us to smoothly transition from one activity to another. With school closures, countless cancellations of events and extracurriculars, working from home, and socialization occurring through screens, these routines have been turned upside down and boredom and restlessness are bound to occur (leading to a few meltdowns, time outs, and messes of course).
The good news (yes, there’s good news!) is that social distancing does not require complete isolation indoors. Setting aside a few hours each day to spend outdoors, whether it be in your backyard or at a secluded park, can be one consistent and familiar part of your day - and it has a plethora of physical and mental health benefits. According to Harvard Health Publishing, studies show that American children spend a daily average of 6 hours with electronic media - time that is likely spent sitting indoors. However, when we venture outdoors, children are more than twice as active. In addition, outdoor play improves children’s attention spans, sensory skills, social skills, mood, and immunity, according to Sanford Health. In all, this adds up to healthiness and happiness - two things that can make a world of difference during this time. Convinced, but not sure where to start? Get inspired by this list of social distancing-safe outdoor activities for you (and your children) to enjoy together:
Outdoor yoga and mindfulness
You can find guided videos on YouTube for any age.
If you don’t have a yoga mat, laying down a blanket or a towel will work just fine.
Find fun ways to move your body with various workouts online and on social media (no equipment required).
Zumba is a fun and upbeat option for both children and adults.