During quarantine, when social distancing is mandatory, you might be looking for games you can play on Zoom! Whether you are a teacher or counselor and mentoring children is part of your job or you are helping your own kids find games to do over Zoom with their friends, here are 20 different things to do on Zoom! Check out these Zoom Games and activities for kids.
Zoom Games & Activities for Kids
I love that some of these activities and games are creative, some are physical, and some require critical thinking! Your kids will LOVE all of these new ways to hang out on Zoom! As with all online activity, please make sure children are supervised appropriately!
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There are plenty of free printable Bingo games online, both with pictures and numbers. Or, you could find actual bingo cards on Amazon and mail them out to friends! This game is perfect for a class, for two friends, or for a grandparent and grandchild to do over Zoom! Consider using bingo cards with photos if your child is young!
This one can be done in several ways. The trivia leader can ask the question and kids can either raise their hand with the answer, see who can answer the quickest, or see who can type it in the chatbox the quickest!
A physical or virtual whiteboard can be used for Pictionary! There are plenty of Pictionary lists of drawing ideas or you can think up your own! My favorites that are easy to draw and that everyone knows are snowman, sailboat, teapot, cupcake, pizza, pencil, and spider.
4.) Name All the Things
This game takes some creativity! It’s a brainstorming game where the leader says, “Name all the things that are…” and give the specifics. For example, “Name things that are pink.” “Name things that are round.” “Name things that are cold.” “Name things in a school.”
You get the idea!! Kids can either work together and take turns saying things out loud, or they can type everything they can think of in the chat box in a minute or two and see who can come up with the most!
5.) Two Truths and a Lie
For this game, kids can take turns sharing two things about themselves that are true and one that is a lie. Then, the other kids have to guess which one is not true!!
This is an old classic charades game that can be redone virtually! Simply get in front of the camera, act out your thing, and have others guess what you are!
7.) Photo Scavenger Hunt
This one is for older kids! The leader can first share what the kids are to find a photo of (a lion, a pink shirt, a green cup, the White House, etc.), and then the kids have to search google images to find it. When they find it, the copy and paste the URL where they found the photo in a message to the leader of the game!
8.) Guess the Sculpture
This can be played with either playdough or clay. Kids can take turns making something in 30 seconds and others can guess what they made!
9.) 21 Questions
This traditional guessing game can easily be done virtually! Here’s how it’s played: Someone things of a person, place, or thing and then answers up to 21 yes or no questions about that thing. The object is for everyone to figure out what that person is guessing!
10.) Go Find Something Game
For this game, the leader says “Go find…” something and the kids have to rush off in their home to find that object. The first person to come back and show it in the camera wins! You could ask any number of questions, like “Go find something pink.” “Go find a coffee cup.” “Go find a pencil.” “Go find something cold.” And so on!
11.) Wheel of Fortune
You can use a traditional whiteboard on camera or the virtual shared whiteboard for this game! The leader can draw blanks and kids can take turns guessing the letters that go in the blanks. You could even do themes, like one day have everyone guess colors, one day guess names of states, and another day guess types of animals. You get the idea!!
12.) Printable Crafts
This is a fun one! You could email a link to the printable craft, parents can help kids print it out, and kids can do the craft together over Zoom! There are lots of fun puppets, puzzles, etc. out there.
13.) Would You Rather
This game is another old classic that can be adapted for Zoom! Kids can take turns asking would you rather questions and see what others choose! The crazier and funnier the questions, the better!
14.) Virtual Workouts
For this one, kids can get up from their chairs and do jumping jacks, sit-ups, stretches, and kids yoga together!
15.) Book Club
With all of the virtual library options, kids can have a virtual book club together over zoom! You could do it chapter by chapter instead of reading the whole book before discussing. Have your child read one chapter and then the next day, they can talk about it with their friends. There are plenty of free books available online!
16.) Virtual Window
Children (with a parents’ help, if needed!) can move their device so the camera is looking out their window! Kids can take turns sharing what they see out of the windows of others. It provides a unique perspective when so many are stuck inside!
17.) Simon Says
This is a fun for a large group or one on one! Zoom is perfect for Simon Says because everyone can see what the group is doing and who does or doesn’t follow the directions! Kids can take turns being the leader or a teacher or relative could be the leader, too.
18.) Tell Jokes & Riddles
Jokes and riddles never get old to kids! They could write their own OR take turns reading off ones they find online.
19.) Read a Play
There are a number of free kids plays online! The leader of the group can email out a link to the play, parents can print it, and kids can take turns reading their part! Not everyone needs apart. Some need to be the audience, too! You can take turns with who is in the play and who is the audience.
20.) Cootie Catcher
Last but not least, everyone loves making this childhood favorite paper game! Have kids make their own cootie catcher out of folded paper and take turns asking their friends to pick numbers. They’ll be able to see the cootie catcher over video so this game is just like being in person!!