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Remote Sibshop Activity Ideas

The following is a list of activities and ideas to support siblings remotely. The list was generated during a March 23rd Zoom call with 71 Sibshop Facilitators from across the United States, and from other countries around the world. We expect this list to grow! If you facilitate a registered Sibshop and would like to add your ideas to this list, please send them to info@siblingsupport.org. 

 

Zoom/Google Hangouts/Virtual Meeting Ideas


Virtual Sibshop – South Sound Parent to Parent (WA)
Two Zoom sessions, one for sibs 7-12, another for sibs 13-18, will include art activities, games and discussion activities about how sibs are coping in the current environment. Outreach to parents to gauge interest/availability via email.

Virtual Sibshop on Google Hangouts – Sandy Feet Initiative (CA)
Beginning with a “shout out” to acknowledge participants, the first virtual meeting of Sandy Feet replaced their usual outings on the beach and in the ocean. Discussion activities focused on how sibs are coping, followed by a reading of “What About Me” by Brennan and Mandy Farmer (see Sibshops Book List for other book ideas). Future sessions will include a joke of the day, facilitator guided art project, guided meditation, and “show up in your suits” to replicate the usual beach experience!

Family Picture Day.  Sandy Feet is also entertaining the idea of using a Google Hangout to invite sibs to hold up a picture of them and their family, and then tell the story of when the photo was taken.  Maybe they could also draw a picture of them and their family, and talk about it?

Cooking Activities. Suggested by several members, can be as simple as trail mix or something in the oven. Choose a recipe and have your Sibshoppers make it at home, then share as a group the results of your labor!

Virtual Creativity!  Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth (NC):

  1. Virtual Talent Show. Invite your Sibshoppers to show off a special talent – virtually!  Using a video chat platform, put together a talent show that can be done from the comfort of each child’s home!
  2. Guest Speakers.  Invite guest speakers to present at an online web forum.  Service animal trainers, therapists, and other specialists may have extra time these days to devote to sharing information with our Sibshoppers!  Survey your kids to see who they might like to hear from and see!
  3. Introduce Your Sib!  If your kiddos so choose, provide an opportunity for their brother/sister to make a quick guest appearance at the beginning of your web visit.
  4. Show-and-Tell.  Invite your Sibshoppers to share one item from their home and discuss why it’s meaningful to them.

Zoom at Noon – Massachusetts Jewish Family & Children Services
This Sibshop meets every Wednesday for a lunchtime Zoom video check-in and chat! Kiddos share their ideas on what to do together on future calls. This group is planning a watch party of “Once Upon a Boy,” part of the Boston RealAbilities Film Festival. The film will stream free on March 31st at 7:00 p.m. EDT https://reelabilities.org/boston/film/once-upon-a-boy/  (see Sibshops Movie List in the Sibshop Facilitator Forum Files for more ideas).

Mini Science Projects – Kindering Bellevue Sibshops (WA)
Invite your kiddos to do a simple science project at home, such as build a small volcano (think baking soda and vinegar). Are there parallels between the erupting volcano and what it feels like to be home with your sib all day, every day? This creative group is also exploring doing a remote mystery play! Kids could be sent scripts ahead of time and play out a mystery and solve a case together online!

 

Low-Tech Ways to Connect 


Call your Sibshoppers on the phone to check in the good, old-fashioned way!

Not old fashioned enough? Mail letters or cards to your kiddos to let them know that you are thinking of them!

Do a letter exchange, and have each child write and send a letter to another child in your Sibshop.

Join Us At One of Our Workshops or Training Events
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training.

Even if you don't want to  become a Sibshop facilitator, you can join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan. 

Please know:
Registration costs are determined by the agencies hosting the workshops and trainings.  For information and to register, please contact these agencies directly. 

Below you'll find dates for upcoming Sibshop facilitator trainings and other sibling workshops.  If you'd like to discuss hosting a training in your community, please drop us a line at