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Spending Time With Our Grandkids as Lockdown Eases

The idea of rules for how we interact with our own grandchildren was a completely unknown entity until 2020. These days, there are specific rules about what and how we can spend time with them. It can be challenging explaining to young children that we can’t spend time together as closely as before, and so we wanted to share some great activities you can do together that keep everyone safe and secure.

What are the current recommendations for meeting up with family and friends?

The Government website has issued the following advice:

  • Only socialise indoors with members of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household)
  • Only socialise outdoors in a group of up to six people from different households, or in larger groups if everyone is exclusively from one or two households
  • Only visit businesses and venues in groups of up to two households or with a group of six people from different households if outdoors
  • Limit the number of people you see socially, especially over short periods of time, to keep you and them safe, and save lives
  • Don’t hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction
  • Only stay overnight away from your home in groups of up to two households

Please always check online for the most up to date advice. Remember, if you are in a localised lockdown area or you’re classed as particularly vulnerable, your rules may be different.

Safety measures to bear in mind

There are certain safety measures you can follow which will help stop the spread of the virus:

  • Maintain excellent hygiene, regularly washing hands and surfaces
  • Wear a mask and avoid speaking directly to each other’s faces
  • Pre-warn kids that we won’t be hugging and kissing for the time-being
  • Again, stay two metres apart where possible, and one metre at all times

Safe and socially distanced activities:

Picnic to your heart’s content

Family Picnic

A good old picnic in the park is always a great option. Each household can bring their own picnic, dust off the camping chairs and have a good old chinwag with food! There are some really beautiful locations you could go for a sit down, and play parks are open now for the younger grandkids.

If you don’t fancy venturing publicly, then the garden is a fantastic option – this also has toilets on the doorstep!

Explore the great outdoors

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been blown away by the parks, trails and forests we’ve discovered during lockdown; now we can enjoy exploring them together! Invite some family or friends round and show them the ones you’ve found out. Then ask them to return the favour! Just imagine all these beautiful new places you could discover.

If you fancy a full day out, the National Trust have opened most of their outdoor areas again – read our article for some of our favourites.

Wink murder

Who remembers this classic? What a great way to have a bit of fun without any physical interaction. For anyone who is less familiar, here are the basic rules…

You all sit round in a circle (keep your 1m+ metre distance) and someone is secretly selected as the wink murderer. You could use your own imaginations to come up with clever ways to do this without touching. This individual must discreetly wink at players – when you see yourself get winked at, you have to feign death (can be as simple as closing your eyes or some like to make a big show and dance of it).

The aim of the game is to guess the wink murderer before there are only 2 people left in the game. If the wink murderer manages it then they win! If they are identified, then the guesser is the winner. There’s no time limit on this game – keep playing until you’ve all had a few turns each.

Charades

Child Playing Charades

Book, film, TV show… Who hasn’t played a game of charades in their time? It’s another great way of having fun together without any physical contact. You can either think of your own ideas or use a random category generator online such as this before your turn.

What is extra useful about this game is that if you’re living too far away for visiting in person, you could even play this over video chat. Are you struggling to get your head around the new technology? We have some simple video guides to help you get started.

20 questions

You probably already know how to play 20 questions, but just in case you need a reminder…

One person in the group takes turns thinking of an object. This can be classed as animal, vegetable or mineral – you then tell everyone which category it falls into. Everyone else asks a question to be answered with either a yes or no (no more elaborating than that). There is a maximum of 20 questions allowed and anyone can guess at any time.

Forehead detectives

This is similar to 20 questions, but this time the tables are turned! Each person has a sticky note on their forehead with a film, word or character written on it. The aim of the game is to ask everyone in the room “yes or no” questions to guess what/who is on your sticky note. The winner is the one who can guess it in the lowest number of questions.

The more, the merrier

This is a great game, sure to get everyone involved! To play, the person in charge will say a series of questions/topics, and each team has to write down as many answers as possible in 20 seconds. They then reveal how many they thought of and read them out. The team with the most correct answers wins a point for that round.

To get you started, an example is: “animals with a tail”.

Create your own movie night

Movie Night With Popcorn

Thanks to apps like Netflix and Disney+ there are plenty of films out there to suit the whole family. It’s also a great excuse to indulge in some popcorn and sweets! Why not get your oven mitts out and do some baking for the occasion? There are some great ideas in our recipe blogs.

Space your chairs out in the room and enjoy the film together. If the weather is nice, some people have acquired a projector, attached a white bedsheet to the wall and had their very own outdoor home cinema!

Host a quiz

There were a few people who got a bit “quiz weary” at the beginning of lockdown, but maybe it’s time to resurrect them again. They’re a great way of getting together and having some fun. You could either have someone be a quiz master extraordinaire, or you could take turns writing some questions – 10 for each person and then everyone has a chance to take part.

Think outside the box when it comes to topics to make it really personal – family private jokes, family holiday events, childhood films etc.

If you’d like any readymade quizzes, check out our weekly big quiz.

Pay a visit to a well-loved haunt

Child Visiting A Museum

As lockdown has continued to ease, there are more favourite locations reopening. You could visit museums, cinemas, art galleries, zoos and garden centres to name just a few. Don’t forget to wear a mask where required and wash and sanitise your hands regularly.

Spending time together as a family has been something we might have taken for granted before lockdown. There’s nothing like being told you can’t do something to make you realise how much you want it. Now that restrictions are beginning to ease, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to get together in person again. With the ideas we’ve given, there are endless amounts of fun to have!

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