Mon, 04 May 2020
It’s another month of shielding ourselves in the battle against the coronavirus, and here are more things you can do to make memories during your home isolation days besides, of course, fighting over board or virtual games. Who said it’s no fun being socially responsible and caring for your loved ones?
CHOREOGRAPH A DANCE ROUTINE
There’s no better way to get the young and the elderly moving while they’re home-bound. Practise for a few days and record the grand finalé for posterity.
In your backyard or on your balcony, terrace or front porch. Go the whole nine yards with pitching a pop-up tent or sleep under the stars in sleeping bags. Don’t be shy of substituting camping essentials with whatever you have available at home. Cook your dinner on a portable grill, sing songs together under cosy blankets and grill marshmallows for a midnight snack while identifying constellations in the night sky.
MAKE A FUN HOME VIDEO
Here’s one in which you can include and interact with the whole fam-jam, wherever they are in the world. Choose a fun song, assign family members and friends a line or verse to record themselves lip-syncing and dancing or simply doing chores to. String individual clippings into a video (the Internet has several tutorials on video editing; a new skill you could acquire) and share it with your tribe.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
There are plenty of apps that teach foreign languages. You won’t have a better time to discover a new lingo in the company of your siblings, parents, kids or even a neighbour. Language is a great way to learn about a distant culture and will come in handy when you start globe-trotting in the post-lockdown era.
CREATE A FAMILY ARTWORK
Not everyone in the house will have the artistic streak in them, but that’s part of the challenge. Have a readymade outline to fill in with colour or start from scratch with a section dedicated to each family member. The finished piece may turn out to be a motley amalgamation of everyone’s individual style and ability, but it’ll be one to remember the stay-at-home days by.
DRESS-UP GAME NIGHT
Dress as your favourite movie or TV-series character and create your own quizzes, puzzles or crosswords. Guaranteed to turn sombre evenings into raucous family competition, with every player ‘in character’ through the evening.