The last couple of weeks have been a much different time for everyone across the world. Many of us are being asked to stay home, keep our distance from others, working from home, and stopping our normal day to day life in order to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Our teens and college students are now more home than ever due to school closures and being asked to stay home too.
It all seems possible to do, right?
Well, it’s harder than that.
Our teens and college students will be busy with online and possibly virtual classes to keep up with their studies. Then there is the unlimited screen time, watching favorite movies and TV shows, and sleeping as much as they want. However, at the same time, our teens and college aged kids are going to be missing their friends. Many of the activities our high-school children looked forward to are being cancelled and possibly wondering how long this will continue to go on for.
Things likely are going to start getting boring for our teens. Don’t lose faith though! There are some ways to make social distancing more enjoyable and even productive while we are all stuck in our homes. Take a look at these 50 Social Distancing Ideas for Teens!
- Get ahead in your schoolwork.
- Start working on college research.
- Start working on college application essays.
- Research about something you’ve found interesting.
Cleaning and Organizing
- Clean drawers and closets and make piles for donating clothes your teen’s no longer need.
- Deep clean and organize the bathroom, including throwing away any old products.
- Tackle house projects together that have been put off.
- Go through and clean your phone, deleting old apps and photos.
- Show your teens how to do some household chores to get them to help around the house.
- Talk about finances with your kids and come up with some long-term goals.
- Teach your child how to do laundry.
Connecting with Friends
- Watch Netflix with friends by using Netflix Party that lets anyone chat with friends while watching a show “together” but from their own homes.
- Use apps like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, Discord, etc. to connect with friends.
- Play games with friends online on Xbox Live, PlayStation, or the PC.
- Make a photo collage for your room.
- Create photobooks with photos on your phone or make a gift for a friend and share them.
- Learn how to write calligraphy or other types of lettering.
- Color with adult coloring books and colored pencils.
- Learn to watercolor or some other style of painting
- Go for a run or walk.
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Play your favorite sport.
- Do a free home workout.
- Practice yoga.
- Watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Disney+.
- Create a new playlist on Spotify, Apple Music, or Amazon.
- Listen to a new podcast.
- Read a new book.
- Read an old book
- Play board/card games or a new board or card game
- Learn a new skill.
- Cooking, or a new recipe.
- A new language
- An instrument
- Journal about your goals, experiences, etc.
- Start a bullet journal.
- Try a gratitude journal.
- Learn how the stock market works.
- Learn how to buy a house or get an apartment.
- Face masks.
- Pray or mediate. Download an app like Headspace to help you get started.
- Take a nap.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Try a new hairstyle.
- Practice new make-up looks.
- Give yourself a manicure and pedicure.
With the Family
- Learn a dance together
- Have a family game night
- Create a family bucket list
- Have a family movie night
- Go for a family walk together
- Have a backyard family picnic.
- Call family members, such as aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.