Staying connected with family and friends has become more difficult during the coronavirus pandemic; the situation can be especially frustrating during a holiday like Mother’s Day, when we wish we could be with our loved ones. Thanks to platforms and apps like Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook or Skype, it’s still possible to keep ties strong. Make the most of your video calls with these ideas.

Meet as a Group
Zoom’s design lets you invite multiple people to your meeting, so it’s a great way for families in several households to catch up with each other.

Play a Game
There are plenty of games families can play during a video call. Try trivia and guessing games like QuizUp, Heads Up!, and Kahoot. Pictionary fans will enjoy Drawful, or Skribbl, or set up a kid-friendly game of bingo with Bingo Maker. For a lower-tech option, play a round of 20 questions or charades.

Keep the Kids Involved
Let the kids play a part by giving a tour of their bedroom, playing an impromptu concert on their instrument of choice, or presenting a few pieces of their latest artwork. Challenge them to create a funny skit, puppet show or a poetry reading.

Send an E-Card
Send an electronic greeting to anyone with an email address. Free services include Kisseo, 123greetings, JibJab, and OpenMe. There are many others available for a monthly or yearly fee, such as Blue Mountain and Jackie Lawson. For a local touch, send a free e-card from the  High Museum of Art; the designs are inspired by works in their collection.

Share Photos Online
Don’t wait for a vacation or special event to share photos and videos. Pictures of everyday happenings can help grandparents and family feel that they’re there with you. Challenge your kids to make a short “day in the life” video to share.

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