Eight games to play during virtual youth group
Just because you're online doesn't mean the games have to stop!
With many youth groups now moving online in light of COVID-19, leaders need to adapt and come up with creative ways to play games together!
So we’ve put together a list of 8 games you can play over video conferencing. Some are super easy and free, while others require a little more effort to set up. But all of them will be lots of fun and help continue to foster the community you’ve grown in person while we are practicing social distancing.
To play this game, you should get the youth to download the app ‘Heads Up’ to their phones. Then you can play a fun version of Celebrity Heads, taking turns via your video call!
Send out a printable bingo card to your youth group, and then call out the numbers or words, or to make sure they're paying attention, get them to tick off their bingo card throughout youth group.
Obviously you can run your own trivia game over Skype, Zoom or Hangouts (or whatever software you choose!) but this site allows you to make an awesome next-level trivia game. It’s free for basic access or just $6.99 for six months of premium.
Yes charades might be a little challenging with lagging internet, but it can also be a lot of fun! Simply private message the acting participant with their assigned charade and then everyone else guesses.
You can play this in the same way you would play Charades, by simply getting the artist to hold their drawing up to their webcam.
Jackbox offers really fun group games played using a computer or TV. You can normally only play in person but this article explains how you can play Jackbox together online by sharing your screen. Note: this will only work if you have the games on a computer, not on a console. But good news – their best game Drawful is currently free on Steam!
Assign one person to think of an object, and the rest of the group has 20 questions to figure out what it is! Keep track of questions in the group chat or simply get one leader to nominate the next question asker.
One word stories
Take it in turns to share one word at a time and try and create a logical story! This game is tons of fun when people hijack the direction of the plot and suddenly beloved characters are exploded, the world is turned inside out or a plant starts talking!
Got other ideas?
If your youth group has worked out some other fun activities to do virtually, let us know! We’d love to share your ideas with other groups around the world.