Stay at Home – But be Connected

We are now on day 12 of the Lockdown in New Zealand- how is everyone holding up? Any sibling scraps? Or arguments with your parents? I hope not! But everyone has their breaking points.

To help Kiwi kids with the rest of the lockdown, I will be writing a 3 part series on how to survive…

The first part of the series is about how to stay connected whilst socially distancing. Just because you are distanced physically from your friends, doesn’t mean you have to be socially distant.

Since it’s the school holidays, it’s a great time to do things with your friends. Whilst you might not be able to go to the beach or go shopping like you usually would in the holidays, there are still some great online options! And on the bright side, you can interact online from the comfort of your own bedroom. Or even from your own bed! Try some of these virtual hangout ideas:

  • Take advantage of technology like ‘Netflix party’ and watch a movie together.
  • Play online games together. If you aren’t a fan of traditional video games, check out some awesome online board games like; Minecraft, Drawful 2 or Uno.
  • Use zoom or facetime to video call whilst you are doing things like eating your lunch, so it’s just like it would be if you were at school. I have even seen people host dress-up at parties over video calls!

Whilst you might be sick of your family by now, you have been given an amazing gift of time together. Try to make sure you are spending quality time together instead of just a lot of time. Here are some ideas on how to spend quality time:

  • Go for a walk together (whilst ensuring good social distancing) and if you have younger siblings take them on a bear hunt!
  • Have family competitions. If it’s rainy, board games or cards are a good option. Or if you feel like getting outside, the sky’s the limit! My family has had a range of competitions from handball to handstands. Just make sure no one’s feelings get hurt, particularly those who didn’t end up on the podium😜
  • Take the opportunity to cook or bake together, this way you can fight the boredom together and get something delicious to eat afterward.

Most importantly, take one day at a time. Everyone is going through this, and everyone feels lonely sometimes. Remember that you are not alone and you’ll be back with your friends (and away from your crazy family soon enough!).

What have you been doing virtually with your friends? Or what have you been up to with your family? Comment below!

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1 month ago

this really helps me and my mum I’ll try some ideas

1 month ago

Hi I live at home with my mum it’s hard because I don’t have any siblings and I’m away from my friends. We have been learning about yummy chemical changes we can learn though baking. We’ve been going on walks around the block and today my mum set me a scavenger hunt. Video chatting with my friends and family and writing emails and sharing work with my nanas and auntys. Online boot camp. Making a trampoline fort. Staying home and spending time together.

1 month ago

This is a really great idea from me and my family. Its really hard to look after the little siblings… trust me I bet its really hard for you too. Its also interesting reading about it and I hope you guys are safe like a bubble, and I also hope you guys washed your hands every day.



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