Technology is a great way to stay connected, and playing games is a brilliant way to make your video chats with friends and family even more fun! Fortunately, there are loads of fun, child-friendly activities that you can do over Skype or Facetime. Need some inspiration? We’ve compiled the ultimate list of video call games for the whole family!
Top Video Call Games For Families:
- The ABC Game
- Twenty Questions
- Would You Rather?
- I Went To The Shop And…
- How Well Do You Know Me?
1. The ABC Game
This one is a brilliant spontaneous game to play over video chat, as it doesn’t require any preparation. Simply select a category — for instance, animals, names or food. Now, everyone must take a turn thinking of something that begins with the letter A in that category. Then, move on to B, C, D, etc. See how far in the alphabet you can get!
2. Twenty Questions
This classic game is perfect for playing over the phone. One person must think of a noun (a person, place or thing), and the other players must guess what it is by asking up to 20 yes-or-no questions. Good, wholesome fun, and a great way to build vocabulary and reasoning skills!
Charades is a classic party game for a reason — it’s just plain fun! Before you get on the call, prepare some cards or slips of paper with things to act out. Now it’s time to take to the stage — remember, only gestures, no sounds! To make it even more interesting, you might try setting a timer. If the other players can’t guess in under one minute, you can move on to the next person.
Pictionary also works really well over video calls. Like charades, you can prepare some cards with things to draw on them in advance. Pick a card and then aim the camera at a sheet of paper — try taping the paper to the wall — or use an easel or a dry-erase board. Draw a picture and have the other players guess what you’re drawing. The first person to guess correctly gets to take the next turn as the artist! Loads of silly, creative fun to be had with this one!
5. Would You Rather?
This one is a really fun choice for slightly older children or kids who don’t necessarily like playing structured games. Ask and discuss various two-choice questions: Would you rather be able to fly or become invisible? Would you rather eat chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream? Would you rather be a lion or an elephant? You can find lists of kid-friendly questions online, or you can challenge children to come up with their own. A great conversation starter, and sure to lead to some giggles!
6. I Went To The Shop And…
Another childhood classic, this activity reinforces vocabulary and tests memory and concentration skills. One person can start, ‘I went to the shop and bought an apple.’ The next person must continue, repeating what the previous person said and adding a new item that begins with the next letter of the alphabet: ‘I went to the shop and bought an apple, a banana…’ See if you can make it to the end of the alphabet!
7. How Well Do You Know Me?
This activity is incredibly fun to do with friends and family. Play the ‘host’ and ask a question like, ‘What’s Grandma’s favourite colour?’ Both the person being asked (Grandma) and the other players must silently write down the answer. Reveal everyone’s answers at the same time to find out how well everyone really knows each other!
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