6 Socially Distant Winter Holiday Activities for Kids

A man, woman and child wave to people they're video calling on a laptop.It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s usually filled with parties and gatherings as people exchange gifts and spend quality time with friends and family members. However, with the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations still increasing, the safest way to celebrate this year is to spend the holidays at home with just the people in your household, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fortunately, it’s still possible to commemorate the season while ensuring everyone you care about stays healthy. For families looking for ways to put a smile on their children’s faces and help them connect with loved ones while minimizing their risk level, here are a few socially distant winter holiday activities to make your days merry and bright.

1. Make holiday-themed masks.

One way to celebrate this year is to turn your face masks into fun holiday accessories with art supplies, according to the Love to Know article “12 Socially Distanced Holiday Games for Any Party.” Please note that you shouldn’t cut or otherwise create holes in your masks, since that would make them less effective.

Once your festive masks are done, you can have a virtual get-together with friends and family to show them off. If you want, you could even have a “best mask” contest.

2. Host a virtual ugly holiday sweater party.

You don’t need to see people in person to have an enjoyable ugly sweater get-together. With Zoom or another videoconferencing platform of your choice, you can still gather your loved ones to display your most garish garments, as suggested by the Happy Mom Hacks article “Social Distanced Christmas Activities for Families in 2020.” You can also make the online celebration even more entertaining with games like trivia or bingo.

3. Decorate your home inside and out.

Even if no one’s coming over this year, that’s no reason to forgo the decorations. Making the inside and outside of your house look festive with lights, garlands and whatever else you have on hand that shines or sparkles can help inspire holiday cheer, according to Happy Mom Hacks.

4. Send cards and letters to your loved ones.

If friends and family members aren’t stopping by your place this year for health reasons and your kids miss them, it can help to send them messages and pictures, according to the Patch article “Expert Q&A – How A Socially Distant Holiday May Impact Our Kids.” Encourage your children to express themselves and let their loved ones know that they’re missed.

5. Have a household bake off.

If you’re searching for ways to get your family into the holiday spirit, baking festive cookies, cakes, pies and other pastries is a great way to pass the time and enjoy the season, according to the Postable article “33 Socially Distant Ideas for the 2020 Holiday Season (That Are Still Fun).”

6. Drive or walk around your neighborhood to see everyone’s decorations.

This is an excellent pastime for families looking to get out of the house and experience some holiday cheer while staying socially distant, Postable explains.

For more information on keeping your children healthy and safe this holiday season, please contact our team of pediatric professionals. With a focus on comprehensive and compassionate care, we work to improve the lives of children of all ages one step at a time from our clinics in Chicago, Glenview, Highland Park, Wilmette and Willowbrook – as well as through our sister company, Little Steps Florida LLC. To learn more about our pediatric therapy services, please call 847-707-6744 or email info@littlestepspt.com.

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