How to arrange a virtual playdate:
- Check in with the other parents or guardians to agree on which app to use
- Arrange a date and time to get together
- Agree on a time limit (15-30 minutes for younger kids, 45 minutes to 1 hour or more for older kids)
- If you’re pre-planning and activity or game, this is the time to figure out the details and line up materials
- Jump online at the designated time and (virtual) place! It will help to have your computer or device in a well-lit space.
- Have fun!
Free, easy-to-use apps:
- Skype: https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/
- Google Hangout: https://hangouts.google.com/
- Zoom: https://zoom.us/signup
- Facebook’s Messenger Kids: https://messengerkids.com/
Virtual playdate activities:
- Take turns on the same board game
- Do a craft or color a picture at the same time and show each other on the screen
- Read a story
- Play an interactive game like Pictionary, Charades, or 5 Second Rule! Even if you don’t have these games, you can make up clues and keep your friends guessing. Try this word generator: https://www.thegamegal.com/word-generator/
- Some apps have built-in games and filters that are super silly!
We hope this info helps to keep your kids (and you!) engaged with friends while we have to be apart. Get creative, and have some fun! And if the tough questions come up, here’s a link to the CDC’s recommendations for talking to kids about COVID-19.