Virtual activities with a 7 yr old?
September 21, 2022 11:43 AM   Subscribe

My 7 year old cousin has decided that she wants to hang out with me and I am thrilled. It was initially supposed to be me teaching her how to crochet. That has not gone very well. It's turned into random crafts or "playing school". She is down south and I am up north.

What are some other activities or games that might be fun? We've been using google chat. I'd like to have several options for her to choose from. My other younger cousins may join on occasion. I don't spend a lot of time with kids so I'd like to keep it fun and interesting.
posted by mokeydraws to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
If you're using Google Chat then you probably have access to jamboard as well. It's a shared whiteboard you can both doodle on. You can also get games like tic tac toe for it.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 11:47 AM on September 21 [3 favorites]

My niece and I both watch the same drawing video on YouTube and then compare our drawings. We do Draw So Cute videos because she likes them, but that's purely an aesthetic choice, there a million draw-along videos out there.

We tried doing a thing where I would stream the video to her so we were literally watching together but it worked less well than just having us both start it at the same time.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:18 PM on September 21 [4 favorites]

At around that age, I think Little eirias once did a Zoom Lego build with a friend. Get two copies of a small Lego kit, mail one to your cousin, build them at the same time.

Word games that work around a dinner table can work pretty well at a distance. Little e likes Mad Libs a lot. We also like a "Twenty Questions" style game called Breakfast Combo. And if you have a bigger crew and everyone has their own device, Telephone Pictionary is pretty great.
posted by eirias at 12:55 PM on September 21

You could also do origami together. My kids watched a lot of origami videos last summer and followed along. You could both watch the same video and then make them, showing each other what to do if one of you gets stuck. To a degree age doesn't matter, my son would have been 6-7 last summer and he was at least as good as I was whenever I tried to follow along.

How about a video game you can both play together online? My kids spent this summer with their cousins and have tried to keep in touch since coming back. Of late they've been playing the new Splatoon game and voice chatting at the same time. But any game with online multiplayer would work. During the peak of the pandemic my kids and some local friends scheduled times to play Minecraft together.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 1:00 PM on September 21 [1 favorite]

Maybe obvious but…minecraft?
posted by The Toad at 9:51 PM on September 21

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