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March 2, 2024

ABC’s of a Social Distancing Summer

Mom reporters, Tina Pratt's, kids came up with a creative list of summer social distancing fun! Give it a try or make up your own, and don't forget to have a blast.

Just for fun, let’s see how many letters of the alphabet you can complete! Share your photos with us on our social media page and hashtag #CincyFamilyABCsofSummer! Can’t waits to see what you come up with! 

A – Arts and Crafts – Be creative and make your kids’ favorite craft. 

B – Bake Cookies – Kids love helping in the kitchen. Get baking! 

C – Campfire Cookout – Roast hot dogs and then marshmallows for dessert, for example. What campfire foods can you come up with.

D – Donut Trail – Grab your favorite donut’s to-go. Try a new donut place every Sunday to complete your “trail.”

E – Explore the Outdoors – There are some may trails and parks to explore! Go somewhere new. 

F – Friendship Bracelet Making – Grab a kit at Target or simply gather an array of beads and pipe cleaners or yarn make bracelets for each other. 

G – Game Night – Let the kids choose the game, pop some popcorn and have a blast. 

H – Hide and Seek Indoors – Kids love hide-and-seek, indoors or out. 

I – Insect Hunt – Search and identify insects right in your backyard together. 

J – Jump in Puddles – Put on some rain boots and have a “splashing” good time. 

K – Kite Flying – Take the kites out to an open field on the next windy day. 

L – Learn a New Skill – It’s never too late to learn something new. What can you come up with? 

M – Movie Night – You have a projector screen, set up an outdoor movie night on a warm evening, or take it indoors and make a big deal of it. 

N – Notes to Friends and Family Members – More than ever, we need to connect with family. Have the kids write family members nice letters and help them mail them out. 

O – Obstacle Course – Create your own obstacle course indoors or out! Think – hula-hoops, cones and jump ropes. 

P – Picnic Lunch – Grab a blanket and a tasty lunch and have a picnic in your backyard or favorite park. 

Q – Quick Races with Family – Kids love to race! Race to the stop sign and back or to the end of the street. 

R – Rube Goldberg Machine Making –

S – Straw Painting, Soccer, Strawbees, Sunday Snoozes – Enough said. 

T – Trivia Night – Put teams together and play Kids Trivial Pursuit (you can order this game on Amazon for $16 + or come up with your own trivia questions).  

U – Under the Stars … Sleep or Play – Looking at the stars is a great calming activity before the kids go to bed. Lay outdoors with your sleeping bag or simple sit outside and see what you can find in the night sky. 

V – Vegetables! Grow Vegetables or Try New Veggies – Kids need their veggies! It’s extra motivating if they learn to grow their own. 

W – Walk your Neighborhood – A great way to get moving as a family, easy, too. 

X – Xtreme Challenges – Create fun challenges for your family! How long can your kids camp out in their playscape, for example. 

Y – Yarn Art, Yahtzee – YOU Choose!

Z – Zoo Virtual Tours/Fieldtrips – Lots of your favorite places are offering virtual fun for the kids to stay busy. Check out our list here


About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!