Who’s starting to feel a little bit trapped and in desperate need of some family time at the moment?
With the warmer weather and Easter coming up, it can make us feel even more cut off from the people that we love the most, and we can find that we’re relying on technology a lot more to help keep us connected to our friends and family.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Popping out for the day to visit family is impossible at the moment, but it’s no reason to let that special grandparent and grandchild bond suffer.
So how can we make sure that the little ones still get their grandparent time?
Have a look at these fun and creative ways that will help everybody to keep in touch during lockdown:
Weekly video diary
A video chat from your sofa in the evening is always a lovely thing to do. But, with kids being kids, there’s only so much talking you can do before one of them gets bored and wanders off or spills their juice all over themselves and the sofa and you have to cut the call short.
Before you know it you’ve said hello, goodbye, and put the phone down without even asking the other person what they’ve been up to.
If you struggle to sit down and have a proper conversation without distractions then it might be worth trying something different and going for a video diary instead.
Try putting together a 30 minute video once a week of all the little everyday moments that you and kids get up to.
You could add things such as breakfast time, reading time, lunch in the garden, or your homeschool routine.
It might seem boring to some, but these little moments are what family is all about ♥
Another great way to stay connected and to enjoy the everyday moments with each other is to set up a bedtime story video chat.
Once the kids are tucked up in bed, set up the tablet or phone and treat them to a bedtime story read by their grandparents. It can either be done live or pre-recorded, and it’s a great way for the grandparents to still be involved in the kid’s lives.
Put on a show
Kids love performing and showing off their talents, so why not put on a show together to wow the grandparents with?
Some fun ideas you can try are:
- A talent show
- A music show
- A fashion show
- Act out a play or story
Get the dressing up box out, get some musical instruments ready, and do the performance of a lifetime.
You could even get Grandma and Grandad to send one back if they’re feeling brave enough!!
Letters and emails
How about getting all old school and sending letters or cards in the post to each other with small handmade gifts in them. If you can’t send letters at the moment, grab the laptop and send emails to each other instead. You could attach photos or drawings that the kids have done to give it a personal touch.
When I was younger, me and my Grandma used to send letters to each other in the post. This was in the days before the internet and mobile phones, and it was a great way to stay in touch with each other.
We’d write about our day and share little stories of what we’d been up to. I’ve still got all my letters, and I love looking back at them.
Make sure you save any letters or emails you send so that you can look back at them in the future.
Write a story
Another great thing to do over email is to write a story together.
Take it in turns to write a few lines or a paragraph each and see where the story ends up. You can easily do this over email, and it’ll be exciting waiting for the next installment!
Apps and games
There are a whole host of fun apps and games out there that we can use to keep in touch with each other. As well as all of the usual chat apps, there are lots of games and puzzles that you can play together.
Arrange a time to ‘meet up’, and get lost in a game.
Here are just a few of the many apps out there:
Snapchat by Snap Inc– Snapchat is a super fun way to send messages to people. Cupar loves using it and trying out all the filters and lenses. The ones with ears are his favourites!
Coloring Book – Kids Paint by Sunny Kid Games – This lovely little app has a colouring book section that allows kids to create a masterpiece and share it through a whole host of messaging apps
Coloring & Learn by Orange Studios Games – This is another app with a colouring book section that allows you to share your artwork.
Draw Something by Zynga – Draw Something is a fun, turn-based ‘guess the drawing’ type game.
Hay Day by Supercell – Start a neighbourhood together, compete in events, and help each other out on the farm. I’ve played this game for years and it just gets better and better.
Fleet Battle – Sea Battle by Smuttlewerk Interactive – A version of the classic battleships game, which is always fun to play.
Quiz: Logo Game by Lemmings At Work – A fun ‘guess the logo’ type game.
Wheel of Fortune by Scopely – Exactly what it says on the tin – classic Wheel of Fortune.
What are you doing in your household at the moment to keep in touch with extended family?
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