As we begin to welcome volunteers back to Campus, we wanted to share some “no-touch” game and activity ideas for safe, socially-distanced group fun!
We all know how to play this one!
The kids love it, and it’s silly and sweet. Download the app, and you can break up into smaller groups. Here’s how play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO_ezpX7DwY
Music/Name That Tune!
Every cottage loves music. You can make a playlist on your phone before you arrive. Play a song and see who can guess the name and artist first. Some lists might include Travis Scott, Post Malone, Drake, Rhianna, Bad Bunny, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and movie soundtracks. This game is extra fun, because the chances of it turning into a dance party are high. 😊
Arts & Crafts
Arts & crafts are a little trickier because we are trying not to share supplies.
- Self-adhesive gems and stickers are great materials.
- Glue can be used if there’s a cup in the middle and kids use cotton swabs to dip and dot the glue. When they are done, throw the Q-tips away.
- Pre-sorting individual supplies, or purchasing individual kits is another approach.
Fill each paper bag with the following supplies:
- Large wide popsicle sticks
- Pom poms
- Googly eyes
- Foam heart stickers
- A small bottle of Elmers glue
- A piece of wax paper to put glue on
Valentine Lacing Activity
- Pre-cut long piece of yarn
- Pre-cut cardstock hearts with holes punched around edge
- Soft plastic needles like these
- *add some sparkly stickers to the center before you start lacing to add another step
Valentine String Art
- Card stock
- Precut hear shaped and notches around edges
- Precut long piece of yarn- chose glittery, sparkly yarn to make it more festive and novel.
Black light/ latex glove finger painting
A great activity for young people who seek more sensory input. Please check with staff/caregivers to make sure none of the children have a latex allergy. (This can be done without the blacklight too, but the light does add an extra “ohhhhhh cool’ factor.) This activity will be most successful in a space like the Edenwald Rec Center.
- One or two of these for a volunteer to shine on everyone’s art work as you walk around with dimmed lights
- Plastic covers for tables (Edenwald Rec tables are round; cottage tables are rectangular)
- White or fluorescent paper
- One container of white washable paint- probably ½ gallon or washable fluorescent paint
- Large and extra-large latex gloves
- Small disposable plate to put paint on for each child
Wall hanging for the kids’ bedrooms
Instructions here can help give your group ideas about whether to simplify the project or add steps and extra details.
- Wooden dowel
- Pre-cut thick yarn, or ribbons, trim