20 Personal Space Activities for Kids

We’ve been talking a lot about TALKING about personal space with kids this week. Using real world application is a great way for kids to learn how to respect the personal space of others and work on protecting their own personal space. Of course a little low pressure, intentional, playful learning will always help drive home an important topic. (These kid activities would also work well as a way to get the conversation started.)

Finding activities that were designed for teaching personal space was tricky. I’ve searched out a list of kid activities that can be modified and used as personal space activities. If you have some others in mind please add them in the comments.

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Personal Space Activities for Kids – Learn About Our Body

When kids feel comfortable with their bodies, understand their bodies and can identify parts of their body it will make defining and defending their personal space easier. Saying, “Your hand is really close to my face, will you back up a bit.” will be much easier if they know what a hand and face are. :) The following activities are pretty similar. Look through them all and see which one will work best for your family. (Or mix and match ideas!)

Personal Space Activities for Kids – Study Body Language

Reading body language plays a HUGE part in personal space and it can be a pretty difficult subject to teach. I’ve compiled a few ideas and added tips on how to use them to start practicing the art of understanding body language.

  • Emotional Animals Game – How Sweeter It IsThis game is fantastic! And simple (we love simple right?) If you don’t want to make blocks, just tape the words onto dice. Each time your little one works to figure out how to show an emotion they are putting conscious effort into learning about body language (and having fun at the same time).
  • Funny body parts – Playing and Learning Begins at Home. This silly game would be a great way to start looking at body language in pictures. Try to provide pictures that show real emotion. Ask your kids to design an angry person, an excited person, and a sad person. Talk about how they can tell the person is feeling that way. Is it their eyes? Or maybe the position of their hands?
  • Pipe Cleaner People – Use Your Coloured Pencils. I found a few different versions of pipe cleaner people, this one really spoke to me as a way to show body language. It would make a really fun personal space activity. Start by forming 3 or 4 people. Give their bodies dramatic language. Ask you kids to find the person who is excited, sad, uncomfortable. Have them position the people as though in a story. This guy is too close, so she looks uncomfortable.
  • Simple Stop Action –  Inner Child Fun. Once you have the pipe cleaner people made you can add even more personal space practice by creating a simple stop action movie that they can watch again and again!
  • Signs of Emotion Printable – Love To Know Autism. This link takes you to a printable facial expression decoding activity.

Personal Space Activities for Kids – Practice Communication

When kids are learning about personal space they be able to communicate what they want and need. They must also be able to hear the needs and wants of others. These activities are great ways to practice communicating.

Personal Space Activities for Kids – Play with Space

This list of games and activities allows you to experiment with the personal space in a fun way. Make sure that while you are playing you pay attention to body language and practice communicating how it feels to have someone in that space.

These 20 personal space activities for kids should get you started! Add more to the comments or just let us know which ones are working for your family.


  1. says

    What a fantastic idea! Teach them young and with good habits and gain confidence. Shame so many adult’s still don’t understand the personal space aspect.


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