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7 Long-distance Games & Activities

Just because grandparents, cousins, and friends live far away doesn’t mean you can’t hang out! We’re big fans of making weekly dates to video-chat with long-distance loved ones. Here are a few of our favorite ideas that you can try with your kids:

ASK FUN QUESTIONS!
Before the call, print out our 24 Convo Starters  (and make sure your relative prints out a copy too.) Each week, take turns asking and answering two or three questions. You’ll all learn a lot!

SINK A BATTLESHIP!
This is a perfect game to play when you’re in different places. You each grab a board, set up your ships, and go! We recommend playing over Wi-Fi though to save your data.

BAKE TOGETHER
Decorate cookies or cupcakes and show each other your work. Check out some of the Kidstir Happy Cooking Kit recipes for inspiration.

START A FAMILY BOOK CLUB
Most video chat apps allow you to call multiple people at the same time so you can all talk at once—perfect for a book club.

PLAY CHARADES
No picking out of a hat with this version. Each person can take turns acting out favorite books, movies, characters…or whatever you like!

BEDTIME STORIES
Even if Grandma or Grandpa can’t be there to snuggle, they can still help tuck in your little ones with a story. Kids can follow along with their own copies, or just relax and listen.

PREDICT THE FUTURE
Show your kids how to make a fortune teller (we’ve got the instructions!) and fill it with all sorts of silly predictions for the future. Laughter definitely guaranteed!