Top 5 ways to stay connected during lockdown.
Ok, so tip number one….
Number 1 - Organise an online games night
There are some really great games that you can play virtually either as individuals or in teams.
Houseparty is a social networking app that allows up to eight people to video chat at once in a “room”. Users can have infinite rooms and easily float between rooms.
There are loads of games you can play from Charades or Pictionary to karaoke, so plenty of opportunities for the family to have a good laugh at my expense. Moving on!
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, used as educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its games are user-generated multiple-choice quizzes that can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot! app and is great for all ages young and old, at least that’s what my family tells me.
Bunch is the first group video chat app for multiplayer games. It allows you to meet up with friends over video, and jump into your favourite multiplayer games together.
Words with Friends is a multiplayer word game where players take turns building words in a crossword puzzle-style and is very similar to Scrabble.
Number 2 - Form a Neighbourhood Whatsapp or Zoom group
Chances are you already know what WhatsApp is and are already Zoomed out, but if you have no idea what I’m on about or want more information, I’ve left links in the description to some great videos.
So the idea here is to drop a note through everyone’s door on your street, even that family that never says hello back and invite them to join your Zoom or WhatsApp group.
This is a great opportunity to organise a games night or activity or talk about concerns on the road. It is not to gossip about number 10 that didn’t bother joining the group… they don’t even send Christmas cards!
Just make sure you give your number and email so they can join or call if they need help.
Remember some elderly neighbours may not understand what they are being invited to do, so make sure you mention they can call, even if it’s just for a chat. Maybe arrange a time to call each week with someone on the street or anyone that is potentially lonely.
Our Church has a partner information booklet, so alternatively, pry your phone from your child, remind them they watch too much YouTube and just start calling people up for a catch-up.
Number 3 - Send a gift or card
Why not set up secret Santa style survival bags. Send or drop a care package for friends or just someone in your street you don't know or think may appreciate it. Why not use your new WhatsApp group to find out who might need one!
Send pictures to grandparents and family who you haven't seen in a while. I only recently did just this, although my mum did say if next time can I send some of the kids instead.
Send a challenge or task such as an Origami competition to complete whilst on the phone or on a group video call.
check out our "Thinking of you" and "blessings" gift boxes in the link below for more ideas.
Number 4 - Themed activity
Organise a weekly or monthly themed social event on a Facebook group or WhatsApp group to share videos, pictures, stories or events based on a different idea each time, like a movie theme or cooking. It’s a great way to get really imaginative.
Set up a Zoom coffee with friends. Because you can set up to 50 different breakout rooms, you can have an endless amount of guests - perfect for a church or any organisation. No need to stop at coffee, why not actually have that dinner with friends you keep talking about. Even better, less washing up and you can hang up if they won’t leave!
Number 5 - Organised walks/activities
Make a plan to meet with a different person whilst on your daily walk - socially distanced of course. This could be at the park, on the way to the shops, or just in passing.
Knock on someone's door, I suggest you at least know them for this one and talk from the street or wave through the window. Obviously knock first, don’t just look through people’s windows, otherwise you’ll be kicked off that WhatsApp group you set up.
Organised a treasure hunt for your friends. Each winning household sets up the next hunt! Maybe set up your house as the final destination and give a prize.
Or organise a hunt with clues in different peoples windows that form a word or sentence, stopping for a chat along the way.
Well, that’s the end of our top 5 tips for staying connected during lockdown. Links to all the apps and activities are in the description and if you would like to help support the channel please subscribe and consider checking out our website at www.christiangiftsandmore.co.uk.
Stay safe and God bless.