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How to involve the whole family this Christmas

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Keep your family connected this Christmas 
 

Grandma is vulnerable, Uncle Chris tested positive and you’re only allowed 3 households together this Christmas. It’s definitely not going to be a normal Christmas this year.

But just because you can’t see your family in person doesn’t mean you can’t all be included in the Christmas fun. Here are a few ways to spread the joy with your loved ones:

Online

Kahoot

https://kahoot.com/

Zoom isn’t the only way to interact with your family. Everyone loves a good old’ quiz. So how about downloading Kahoot?

You can host a live game with questions on a big screen in your living room or share a live game with remote players using the Kahoot mobile App.

Choose from millions of existing learning games by searching for a relevant topic, or alternatively create your own kahoot. Creating your own kahoot takes minutes in the app. Add YouTube videos, snap photos with your device or add drawings to questions to make them more interesting.

Skribb.io

https://skribbl.io/

skribbl.io is a free multiplayer drawing and guessing game.

One game consists of a few rounds in which every round someone must draw their chosen word and others must guess it to gain points!

The person with the most points at the end of game will then be crowned as the winner! When it’s your turn to draw, you will have to choose a word from three options and visualize that word in 80 seconds, alternatively when somebody else is drawing you have to type your guess into the chat to gain points, be quick, the earlier you guess a word the more points you get!

Teleparty

https://www.netflixparty.com/

Christmas films are always a must, once you’ve reached the food-coma part of the day.

Use Teleparty to watch a movie as a family, regardless of whether you’re together.

Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) is a new way to watch TV with your friends online. Teleparty synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to Netflix, Disney, Hulu and HBO. Meaning you can enjoy your favourite Christmas film (Home Alone!) as a family.

WordScatter

http://www.wordscatter.com/

Consider this the online version of the word game Boggle. Players have two to three minutes to find as many words as they can from a selection of 25 words. Whoever ends up with the most words at the end of the game wins! Be careful, though, because if you submit a word that's not in their database, you'll lose 10 points.

The Apps…

Psych!

If you've ever played Balderdash, you'll get the gist. Join the game remotely with your friends, choose from several categories, and start making up fake answers. Basically, you'll fabricate fake answers to real trivia questions and your pals will have to guess what's real. The objective is to trick them into choosing yours. You score points by guessing the right answer and for tricking your friends into guessing yours.

Scrabble Go

An oldie but a goodie. Anyone for Scrabble?

One great thing about Scrabble Go is that there are no longer arguments over whether a word exist, if the App doesn’t recognise it, it won’t let you play it. So, no one can attempt to pass off "fleek" as a valid Scrabble word.

UNO

Sure, it won't be quite as fun to gloat your "UNO" over FaceTime as it is IRL, but we've got to make sacrifices here, people. And the classic card game's virtual app has all kinds of cool twists. You can play with friends from anywhere, team up for 2v2 mode, compete in tournaments, and more.

Yahtzee With Buddies

Nothing incites a little nostalgia like a good game of Yahtzee. Now, you can play it on mobile with friends -- and avoid any dice-related injuries. Just download, navigate over to the "social" tab, and connect with your Facebook friends for a spirited round. 

Boggle with Friends

Another classic board game gone virtual, Boggle with Friends lets you play solo, with random opponents, and friends. You can even compete in live head-to-head tournaments if you're feeling especially competitive, try out daily challenges, and more.

Scattergories

The gist is all the same -- roll the die and create an answer for each category that fits with your starting letter.  But the app version comes with way more features than the IRL board game. Try out multiplayer mode, duels, access power-ups, make it on the leader board, and play with all your friends.