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Many of us are settling into the 'new normal' of spending most of our time at home. While you could use the time to binge your favourite TV shows, why not step it up a notch and challenge yourself, family and friends to have fun and be productive?

Challenges are a great way to make the most out of our situation, whether it is for fun, for your mental wellbeing or for the kids. Setting goals and inspiring a little bit of healthy competition will help you get the most out of every day and keep you connected to the outside world.

What challenge will you accept?

Upskill

  • While we have some down time and weekends look a little different to normal, it is the perfect opportunity to upskill.
  • Platforms like Skillshare have many free classes from digital illustration to how to vlog. OpenLearn has free education and development courses, for those who may find themselves home schooling.
  • If you want to learn a skill like playing the guitar or piano, YouTube is the perfect place to find countless free tutorials.
  • For something completely different, challenge a friend or family member to a virtual bake off and upskill your culinary capabilities. Try your hand at making your own sourdough starter, and then see who can bake the most beautiful loaf? Or try the cheese challenge? Starting at a cheese toasty, each person has to outdo the other in a cheesy creation. From mac and cheese to cheese soufflé, this challenge will expand your culinary techniques.

Life skill

  • If you feel like you might lose it if someone suggests playing monopoly to you one more time, here’s something else you can do with that money.
  • Create a home economy for your family. Invent a value system for certain jobs around the house, from washing the car, to completing extra homework. Each job is rewarded with a certain amount of monopoly money. That money can then be used to buy snacks, in app purchases, PlayStation time or even purchasing a movie.
  • Creating this home economy will continue to teach your children the value of money, helping life feel normal while we are in abnormal times. See the creative way one mum set up her home economy!

Get competitive

  • You may have heard of the bear hunt that is currently hugely popular amongst families. Why not take it to the next level and create your own hunt that’s suitable for all ages!
  • Take a photo of a landmark in your local area, then send the photo to your neighbours, or it share on a community Facebook page for others to try and hunt down. The first one to find it, can be the next to take on the challenge.
  • Or try Geocaching, a treasure hunt on a big scale! Sign up to the app and go on walks in your local area to find a hidden cache. Ranging in size and difficulty, once you find your cache, leave your name, swap a treasure or leave one, and make a note on the app that you’ve found it! Just make sure you bring hand sanitiser with you, for when you find the treasure!

family-dancing-together-indoor-playing-videogame Learn a dance or song to get the whole family involved!

Get creative

  • From TikTok challenges to podcasts there are so many ways to challenge your creativity and share your talent with the world.
  • If you are musically inclined try coming up with a parody song you can share, like this family from the U.K. or try your hand at a TikTok challenge! You could even learn how to make your own podcast, and share your internal musings with the world.
  • Many art galleries and museums around the world are setting up isolation challenges. Like the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, who have challenged people to recreate their favourite art with things they have lying around at home.
  • Or The Martin Parr Foundation, who is hosting photography from home challenges.

Whether you consider yourself creative or not, take up the challenge to try something new during this time and see what you can create and the joy it can bring to you and others.

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