The foreign language
Salut! Hola! Ciao! Say hello to learning a new language! Pair up with a friend and learn it together. Regular practice together over the phone will improve your skills and have you ready for that post-Covid trip you’re dreaming about.
The Olympic challenge
With the Tokyo Olympics postponed, 2020 could use some competitive sporting spirit. Make a list of physical feats, choose your method of scoring and assign an event to each day. All Olympians must film their effort in the daily event and submit it for scoring. Extra bored? Go the distance and create your own team names, uniforms or flags, host an opening ceremony, or even enact your own Olympic torch relay.
The bedtime story
Have nieces, nephews, grandchildren or other small children in your circle that you are missing? Give their parents or caregivers a break and reconnect with them by reading a long-distance bedtime story.
The surprise dinner
Think “secret Santa” but with food - everyone decides on a budget and orders their allocated person dinner. Await delivery and enjoy your surprise dinner with the whole group via video chat. You’ll support local restaurants and cafés that have been moved to delivery only and spend some quality time with your family or friends.
The fitness instructor
Don your best (or worst) active wear and lead a fitness class for your friends and family. Got no idea how to be a proper fitness instructor? It’s all about the effort - even if your workout isn’t great, it’ll get lots of laughs, so you’ll all still reap those mood-boosting benefits.
The writing adventure
If writing is more your style, start a communal story with your friends or family via email or text. Have everyone take turns in adding a sentence or paragraph to the story and see where your tale ends up.
The party vibes
Hark back to your glory days at the primary school disco and host a virtual dance party. Switch the lounge pyjamas for your favourite party outfit and dance the evening away with your mates – virtually, of course.