All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. Guys, we've nearly made it; we're on the home straight towards the end of lockdown on June 21 and finally finally! As per Boris's roadmap, we are all allowed to socialise outside RN - if all goes to plan - life will pretty much be back to normal on June It's been one hell of a year, right?
Aside from how terrible we are at dyeing our own hair, over the past year we've proven that we're a pretty imaginative bunch when it comes to innovating from home. We've baked banana bread, we've hosted quizzes and we've even given French lessons a whirl.
If you're keen to make the most of your remaining time at home and learn some new skills, pass the time or simply have a laugh in lockdown yes, it is possiblewe've trawled the internet and quizzed the funnest people we know to curate a definitive guide to plenty of fun things to do at home to keep yourself entertained for the remaining weeks. Taking care of our mental health and keeping busy is absolutely paramount - even as we approach the finish line.
Productive things you can do at home:
Having structure to your day especially if you've been furloughed or are shielding, is essential for your mental health so why not make a lockdown bucket list with plenty of our below suggestions? Have any fun ideas you want us to add? Tweet us as GlamourMagUK.
We know this whole situation sucks but we hope you stay safe and stay positive out there, people. Bored of yet another pub quiz? We feel ya. Organising a games night is a sure-fire way to keep the whole family or your friendship group entertained this weekend. Here's a few tips We've written a full games night itinerary if you're looking to host one.
Bianca London. Up Now. First there was banana bread, then came whipped coffeefollowed shortly by pancake cereals. But now millions of people around the world are now whipping up cloud bread and sharing their colourful bakes on Instagram and Tik Tok. It's a super simple dessert bread that only requires four ingredients and, thanks to food colourings of your choice, can be made into a rainbow of different colours.
Read our how-to guide here.
Ali Pantony. People have been taking to Instagram, TikTok and Facebook to showcase their delightfully smug isolation baths replete with bath bombs, candles and comforting beauty buys. You may have posted a black square to your Instagram yesterday, but do you know why you did it?
The BlackOutTuesday movement was created by two Atlantic Records executives who wanted to encourage black users to step away from social media, 'a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community' through 'an urgent step of action to provoke ability and change'.
4. whip up a lockdown bath
By reading, listening and watching, we're coming to terms with our own privilege, sitting with our discomfort and our anger and our guilt, and using it to support black communities. We may not always get it right, and we certainly won't ever properly understand how it feels.
But what we can do is use this time is to listen, learn, and start our long-term strategy of anti-racism and non-optical solidarity and this weekend is the perfect opportunity. Read our guide to the best podcasts, books and resources to educate yourself this weekend and forever more. Hosted by Ade Leigh from Ping Pong Fight Club, this epic virtual ping pong challenge from The Big Smoke Events features an action-packed 45 minutes of hilarious ping pong challenges, trivia and tongue-in-cheek game show banter where you connect and compete against your friends, work colleagues and fun-loving ping pong individuals, all from the comfort of your home.
A brilliantly entertaining way to celebrate any type of occasion be it a special team bonding experience, birthday, or party just be prepared to use the most bizarre objects as bats! Annabelle Spranklen. Now is the perfect time to start your family history journey by having a dig around on Ancestry. You might even be related to the royal family without realising it. We all know that the amount of time we spend sitting down in our daily lives is not doing our bodies any favours and working from home in the current isolation period isn't helping.
Being locked in one position for many hours of the day is the total opposite of what the human body has evolved to do and this makes our ts and muscles unhappy. Check out her YouTube here. It's time to show some love to that jigsaw puzzle your aunt Karen bought you for Christmas Shotgun the thimble.
Sophie Cockett. As we head into the third lockdown, there's no doubt you're missing your loved ones - and your little ones probably are, too. That's why new parents and pro musicians Johnny and Helena set up Story Time Soundtracks - a clever musical initiative that puts your voices into their magical soundtracks to send to your loved ones, from a bedtime story from Grandma or Grandad, to a special song from your child for a favourite auntie. If it's a gift for a little one, they take your voice reading a favourite bedtime story and build a magical, musical soundtrack around it.
Johnny and Helena have been professional musicians for over a decade, performing on the soundtracks for major motion pictures such as The Hobbit, Iron Man 3, The Chronicles of Narnia and How to Train Your Dragon so you can expect magic.
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Open my cookie preferences. A post shared by Storytime Soundtracks storytimesoundtracks. Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll have noticed everyone showcasing deliciously frothy coffee on Instagram. Dubbed ' Dalgona coffee'the whipped, fluffy iced coffee has been littering our Instagram and TikTok feeds with people sharing their recipes, hacks and artsy snaps of the tipple. You can even add alcohol to make a Dalgona Coffee Espresso Martini. If you're looking for your next Insta-famous drinks fix - or simply hate caffeine - people are now adapting the Dalgona coffee recipe to conjure up creamy flavoured milk.
We've shared the full recipe on how to make your own. Looking for a creative way to spend your lockdown? Order one and their virtual paint-a-longs.
Harry Potter mad? Hogwarts Is Here is an online social network created by fans who are now hosting live Harry Potter-esque classes. We can finally have 6 pals in our garden - and soon we'll be able to host even more, so what better way to usher in summer than with a BBQ? To make life easy and impress your guestswe suggest ordering BBQ In A Box - a food delivery service and concept delivering freshly marinated meats and delicious sides to doorsteps at the click of a button.
Think hour marinated jerk chicken, homemade ground pasture-fed beef burgers with bacon, a tangy Cheddar cheese and freshly baked brioche buns, with fish options including King prawn kebabs or the Thai infused sweet chilli salmon steaks. Some of the most popular side dishes include the legendary BBQ In A Box purple slaw finished with pomegranate and parsley, the pillowy-soft halloumi bites and corn-on-the-cob accompanied by a special herbed butter.
Who doesn't love gooey, melted cheese? We'll wait. If you want to re-create the Alps in your kitchen, Jimmy Garcia is lending you his kit, along with all the ingredients, fuel and recipes so you can have your own fondue party with his cast iron fondue sets. He delivers on Fridays, and collects the equipment on the following Tuesday. Find out more here. Not into cheese? Make you own stonebaked pizza using his micro wood fired pizza ovens.
Thanks to Undercover Tourist, you can take a virtual tour of Harry Potter world and it's pretty magical! Famed karaoke bar Lucky Voice is offering people a month's free subscription to karaoke service, head to their online karaoke player and enter code LUCKY20 then belt your heart out. Missing your family pet? Bring a bit of excitement and joy into a shelter animal's day by playing with them online. Head to Petcube. You can also watch live animals in their natural habitatwhich will whiz the hours away.
Keep yourself busy during the coronavirus pandemic
You may not be able to spend long enough outside to enjoy a scavenger hunt but Big Smoke Events have turned their fantastic group scavenger hunt into one you can play at home. They send you 12 challenges to develop the most creative social media posts you can with your wits and your smartphone which you share on social and they choose a weekly winner.
Kids and big kids will love this step-by-step to creating your own at-home crazy golf course from Plonk. Louise Whitbread and Sophie Cockett. Want in? Chris Wood, Head Florist at Waitrose, has shared his top tips Preparing your flowers Cut about half an inch off the stems on a diagonal and remove any leaves from the stem that will be below the water level of your vase.
When trimming the stems be careful not to squash the area you are cutting as this can reduce water intake and shorten the life of your flowers. Place your flowers in a clean vase filled with enough room temperature water that it covers three-quarters of the stem. How do I choose a vase?
Choose a vase that's half the height of the flowers. If the bouquet is bottom-heavy, use a narrower vase, if the top is overpowering, use a wider one. Make sure that your vase is clean before use. Leave the vase to dry naturally, as using a towel can reintroduce bacteria which may cause your flowers to deteriorate quicker.