Are you having trouble keeping up with friends and family during this strange year? If so, you're not alone. This week, I have some fun ways you can connect with loved ones from a distance.
- Virtual Game Nights. A virtual game night can take place via Zoom or another web conferencing site. One idea is to play a trivia game. One person is elected to ask the questions while players type in their answers. The person who is first to type in the correct answer is the winner. A virtual Bingo game is another fun idea. Simply send the players links allowing them to access a bingo card. You or another member of the group can be the number caller. Be sure to get some gift cards or funny items to use as prizes for your games. Pictionary and Scattergories are two other virtual games for you to try with friends and family.
- Weekly Zoom Chats. Schedule a weekly or even bi-weekly Zoom chat with a group of friends or your family members. A weekly chat gives you the chance to see the faces of your loved ones and vice-versa. You don't have to play a game or have a funny story ready to tell. Sometimes just chatting about day-to-day things can be comforting.
- Group Emails. Starting a group email is another way to stay connected. People can share their daily activities, accomplishments, information about new hobbies, and anything else that occurs to them.
- Online Book Club. Joining an online book group is another great way to stay in contact with friends and family. It could be a book club organized by the local library that meets via Zoom, or you could start your own book group. Ask for input from group members on what books to include on the list, and then set a meeting date once per month to discuss it.
- Writing Letters. Reconnect with family and friends by writing letters. Choose some attractive stationery or note cards for your correspondence. This is an especially good idea for family members who aren't tech-savvy. Everyone loves to find a personal letter in their mailbox, am I right?
- Sharing Photos via Social Media. Sharing photos on Facebook or another social media website is another easy way to stay in touch with loved ones. Sometimes seeing the face of a niece or nephew or even seeing a funny picture of a friend's pet can go a long way in brightening someone's day.
- Cooking Group. Start a weekly cooking group where one person demonstrates how to make a particular dessert or snack while the other members follow along in their own kitchens. Be sure to tell your group members what ingredients to buy and what supplies they'll need to work the recipe with you. Making a dish together can give way to a lot of laughter and fun.
Until we're able to gather with friends and family for a nice long visit on the porch or in the backyard gazebo, there are ways to stay connected in 2020.