At this point, it seems like a lot of us have been living in some form of quarantine/lockdown for at least a couple of weeks now, which means that we’ve probably stumbled our way into the world of virtual hangouts, whether that’s on FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or Facebook Messenger. However, it’s also quickly becoming pretty apparent that small talk is extra difficult when we’re not in person… or when we’re not leaving the house as much.

For real, there’s only so many times that you can really be asked, “so what’s new with you?” and continually respond with “literally nothing, what’s new with you?” before it starts to get overwhelming. Plus the news and current affairs can be just too exhausting to talk about.

So, what do you do when you want to connect with the people you care about most, but you’re feeling like you just don’t know what to say anymore? You find an activity you used to do in person, and then get creative to modify it for this ultra digital time.

5 FaceTime Friendly Activities You Need To Try

We even added 3 modifications for each activity so you can easily find your perfect match!

1. Game’s Night

By far, this is one of the easiest virtual hangouts you can do, because it can be as technical or simple as you want it to be.

i) Skip the fancy apps and plugins altogether, and kick it old school with some charades. Have everyone write out a list of actions, put them in your own hat/bowl/glass/anything you have available, and get ready to laugh your hearts out.

ii) Find a game you can play together virtually. Do you remember those old-school Apple commercials that were like, “there’s an app for that”? Well, that’s even more accurate now. Browse the app store, search the web, and find a way to bring your favourite games online (if you’re stuck with where to begin, check out Jackbox)

iii) Make up your own game. For real, nothing is exactly business as usual right now, so you might as well make up your own, ultra-fun game to commemorate this strange time. Make it as simple or complex as you want. If you’re stuck on ideas, here’s a sample idea: pick something everyone has in their house (for example, some dice, a deck of cards, or even a random number generator from Google) and either come up with the rules together, or have each person make up 1 rule and try to piece a game together.

Sample rules:

  • The first person to get 20 points wins
  • You can only get a point if you roll an even number
  • If you roll a 4, you have 30 seconds to find something that the group decides (a CD, a book that begins with the letter A, etc) or you don’t get the point
  • If you roll a 6 you need to spin around in a circle until you’re next turn or you don’t get the point
2. Workout

If you’re used to having your friends as your workout buddies and motivation, then this new world of home workouts might feel a little extra difficult. Grab your friends, throw on something comfy, and get moving.

i) Find a YouTube/Instagram workout you can follow together. Whether you’re into Yoga, Pilates, or TikTok dances, there’s probably a video tutorial you can follow. Keep it fun and enjoy your time.

ii) Take turns planning out workouts you can do together. Not only is it fun to surprise your friends with what you’re doing, it’s also a great way to divide up the workout responsibilities so you don’t need to figure out what you’re doing on your own every time. Find what works for you – if you want to create your own workouts, do that; if you’d prefer to follow along with a workout, do that; just try to keep it a secret until you’re both live on FaceTime and trade-off for the next workout.

iii) Hire a personal trainer who can train you all virtually. Tons of trainers are now meeting their clients virtually instead of in-person, so if you’d prefer to have someone else do the planning for you, and you’re in a position to do so, hire a trainer that you can workout with from the comfort of your own home.

3. Craft

Pour a drink, break out the craft supplies, and gather some good (virtual) company: for real, does it get any better than this?

i) Start a Netflix party and follow a Bob Ross painting together – he just makes it look so easy. You can even up the ante and see who can get theirs closest to his.

ii) Find a virtual Paint Nite you can attend. Not only is this a great way to spend an evening with your friends, but it could also help support a local business in your area.

iii) Order the same tie-dye kit and see how they turn out – let’s be real, no two tie-dye sessions turn out the same. Help out one another and see what wicked patterns you can create.

4. Host a Virtual Cooking Show

If there’s one thing that’s come out of this lockdown for most of us, it’s the increased number of meals we’re preparing at home. Since we’re all cooking at home anyways, we might as well spend some time doing it together.

i) Keep it simple: have everyone cook their own meal, and treat it as one, big, virtual smorgasbord potluck. With trying to limit the number of trips you take to the grocery store, this is a great way to cook whatever you have on you, while still staying connected.

ii) Have one person teach everyone else their favourite recipe. This is a great way to share your favourite meals with the people you care about most, as well as learn some of their favourite recipes too.

iii) Find a recipe you can all follow and turn it into a competition on who can make the best dish – bonus points for any substitutions you need to make based on what you have in your pantry (after all, it’s really just making the recipe your own).

5. All thing beauty

The little things that make you feel like you’re living your best, pre-pandemic life again.

i) Be like the beauty gurus, and do a FaceTime GRWM. Even if you and your friends have nowhere to go besides your own, individual kitchens, sometimes it can just feel good to get ready for the day. Put on makeup, do your hair, put on your favourite outfit, and have fun.

ii) Do a closet swap. Go through your closet ahead of time and pick out things you’d want to part with (clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc) and then trade with your friends on FaceTime. You can choose if you’d like to trade for a week, or you can part ways with your item forever.

iii) Find a picture of your friend’s most iconic makeup look (whether it’s from their wedding day, prom night, or dance competition from when they were 8), have them pick out their favourite one of yours, and then recreate your looks together on FaceTime. Bonus points if you get dressed in a similar outfit to the original, and you recreate the picture.

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