Looking for quick ways to bring your video calls to life?
These new ideas will make you laugh and help you connect in your video calls
We know that meeting over video just isn't the same as meeting people face-to-face. But our virtual games should get you giggling and add some virtual fun to your next video call.
Each month we'll be adding two more great ideas to the list!
All the ideas are written for young people - so why not ask them to pick their favorite and share it with everyone on the call?
Scrunch, bang, pop
Crash, bang, whizz, pop! What was that?
Can you guess what noise is being made without seeing it? Close your eyes and click your fingers - does it sound how you imagined?
Now take turns switching off your cameras. Find something around you to make a noise. You might choose to open a soda bottle cap and let out a fizzing noise, play a musical instrument or scrunch up a piece of paper. You could even try to use a body part, like clapping – think outside the box!
Try it this way
If you can’t turn your camera off, move away from the screen or tilt your camera upwards so nobody can see you.
Once the noise has been made a few times, take turns guessing what you think it could be. Once everyone’s guessed – turn your camera back on and show them. Did anyone guess correctly?
Make your noise close to the microphone so everyone can hear you.
Keep playing, taking turns to make your funny noises. Give yourself a point for every correct answer. Who’ll get the most right?
Why not add in some rules the next time you play – for example, you can only use natural materials or something you can find outside.
Show and tell
It’s adventure time! Before you set off, you’ll need to think about what’s important for your journey.
Your leader will say a category such as ‘show me something that will keep you dry’. Quickly look around your space and find something that fits the description.
Once you have your item, show everyone on your screen. Take turns telling everyone how you’d use this item on your adventure. You can think outside of the box. Why not award a point for the most inventive idea too? For example, maybe you couldn’t leave the country without taking your favourite cheese in case you can’t get it elsewhere, and you have it with every meal.
You get one point for bringing the item back first, and one point for the most inventive item. Your leader will keep score. Who’ll have the most by the end and be the top adventurer?
Note to leader
Here are some examples to get you started. Add as many rounds as you’d like to keep the game going.
Show me something…
- That would keep you safe
- That would start a fire
- You could trade for something you’d need
- You could eat your food with
- You can use to keep you dry
- You can’t leave the country without
- You could play sport with
- You’d take on water
- You’d wear for an outdoor activity
Take it further
Look at all the items you gathered. What kind of adventure could you go on with them? Can you come up with a 30 second story on how you’ll use each item?
Just a minute!
Before you start, your leader will write a list of the Guides in your unit using the whiteboard function on Zoom. This will be the order for your game.
Your leader will choose a topic, for example chocolate or space, and pick a Guide to start. You have one minute to talk all about that topic. Your leader will time you. But, if you pause, hesitate, or bumble your words, everyone else can shout ‘Buzz!’ to stop you.
If you get buzzed, the next Guide on the list must keep the conversation going. How long can you keep chatting about that topic without being buzzed out? To make it harder, you can’t say the same thing anyone’s said before. Who’ll be the first to make it to one minute? They’re the winner!
Give it a go, changing what you talk about every time you play.
You’ll each need a balloon for this game. If you don’t have a balloon you could use a ball instead. Your leader will need a music player and some music too.
Oh no - asteroids incoming! It’s time to band together to save planet Earth. Everyone grab your balloon or ball. When the music starts playing, try to keep it in the air but you can’t keep hold of it (so either use your hands to push the balloon up, or keep throwing and catching your ball).
When the music stops, listen to your leader as they tell you your missions. Keep playing until you’ve completed all the missions.
- Take turns to sing a part of your favourite song in a funny voice.
- Quickly find something in your room for each colour of the Rainbow.
- Do something silly to make everyone laugh.
- Do a moon walk across your room.
- Say the alphabet backwards without making a mistake (every time you do, go back to the beginning – or end - of the alphabet).
You’re going to need paper and a pencil for this game.
Before you start, draw out on pieces of paper a 3x3 grid, so you have nine squares. Use a pencil for this game so that you can rub out between the rounds. You could use felt pens or colouring pencils too if you wanted, but you’ll need to have more than one grid if you want to play different rounds.
Decide as a unit how you’d like each round to be completed – will you go for lines or a full house?
Choose someone to be the first alphabet caller – this could be your leader. Everyone else, fill your grid with letters of the alphabet. Make sure to not have the same letter more than once. Ready? Let’s play bingo lingo!
Play the game as you would normally with bingo, colouring in or crossing out each letter when it’s said by the alphabet caller. Who’ll win the first round?
Now you’ve mastered the game, let’s make it more fun. In bingo, the caller will often say funny phrases such as ‘clickety click’, or ‘garden gate’ to represent different numbers. Can you think of phrases for the letters you want to call out? For example, you might say ‘all the apples’ for A, or ‘enormous elephants’ for E.
Keep playing, taking turns to be the alphabet caller and creating new phrases or rules each time you play.
Try it this way
To save paper, use a drawing application on your computer or tablet to play along with, and rub out the letters between rounds.
It’s time to put on your problem-solving hat and solve your leader’s mysteries. Before you start, find five objects around your home that you think could help solve problems. Perhaps you’ll grab a plant, toothbrush or a cup?
Got all your items? Listen to your leader as they tell you a problem they have. Look at your items and choose one you think could help solve that problem. Be careful, once you’ve chosen that item, you can’t choose it again. Think strategically!
Once you’ve picked your item, tell everyone how you can solve the problem with it. For example, your leader might have a hole in their tent and you’ve chosen your umbrella. You might put the umbrella up over where the hole is so no water comes through the tent. Plus as an extra – it’s now easier to know which tent is yours if you’re camping at a festival like Wellies and Wristbands! How inventive can you be?
When everyone has said their ideas, vote together on which one you think best solves the problem – they win that round. Keep playing for as long as you want, changing problems and items to solve it.
- It’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella.
- I’ve cut my knee.
- I’m bored and need something to entertain me.
- I’m hungry but don’t have any cooking equipment.
- I need something to help me reach something in the kitchen.
The alphabet game
You’ll need a pen and paper for this game.
Choose someone to be the first alphabet picker. Your job is to silently go through the alphabet until someone tells you to stop. Say the letter you stopped on out loud.
Everyone grab your pen and paper. Your leader will give you different themes and ask you to think of things that begin with the letter and fit in the themes. There’ll be four rounds, so get thinking. When you have an idea, jot it down on the paper.
Now take turns saying your answer to each theme. If no one’s said the same thing as you, you get one point.
Keep playing, changing the alphabet picker and themes. Once you’ve finished playing, count up your scores and see who has the most – you’re the winner!
- Something you’d find in your fridge or freezer
- Something you can see in your room
- A reason to text a friend
- A famous person
- (Capital) cities
- Things found in a souvenir shop
- Fancy dress costumes
- Song titles
- Something you store items in
- Four letter words
Can you guess what someone’s thinking of in just 20 questions?
Choose someone to think of an object. Remember to keep it a secret!
Everyone else, it’s time to get your questioning caps on. Take turns asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions about the object. For example, ‘Is it something you can eat?’, or ‘Is it larger than a football?’. Your leader will keep count of how many questions are asked.
When you get to 20 questions, each take turns saying out loud what you think the object might be. Once everyone’s made their guess, reveal the object. Did anyone get it right? What question gave it away?
Keep playing, taking turns to come up with new objects and thinking of new questions that will help you guess what it could be.
What's in my bag?
Note to leader: Come up with ten random items to call out to the girls. For example, cloud, zebra, plate, owl, dinosaur, mobile.
Before your next meeting, grab a bag or empty pillowcase and put in ten random items that you find around your house. You could grab things like a piece of fruit, giant sunglasses, a schoolbook, a tie or your favourite fridge magnet.
Make sure you have your bag near you when you join your next Guides meeting. And don’t tell anyone what’s inside – it’s a secret!
Your leader’s going to call out ten things, one by one. After each word, look in your bag and see what you have that resembles that thing. For example, if they say ‘cloud’, see if you have something fluffy or white. If you find something that looks like the object, you get one point. Keep going, you can only use each item once. Who has the most points at the end? You’re the winner!
Play again, taking turns to call out different things that you could have found. Perhaps you could decide on your own scoring system or add some extra rules in – for example, each round you might have the same list but you can’t use the same object as the round before?
You’ll each need a pencil and one sheet of paper per drawing for this game. Decide as a unit how many drawings you’d like to do before starting, three or more would work well.
Can you tell your Picasso from your Pollock? It’s time to put your artistic skills to the test!
Your leader will share their screen with you of a picture of a famous painting. Without looking down at your sheet of paper, can you draw what you see? You’ll have one minute for each drawing. Keep your eyes looking at the camera - don’t peak.
When the time’s up, show off your masterpieces with each other. Vote on whose drawing looks most like the original. Your leader will share why the painting is famous.
Try it this way
Why not come up with your own artistic scoring criteria?
Before your meeting: can you bring any fun accessories to wear – for example, you might have goggles, helmets, silly hats or giant sunglasses!
How well do you know your leader? Well enough to read her mind? Can you find out who your leader’s thinking about, with only a few questions!
To start, everyone raise your hand. Your leader’s going to choose one Guide in your unit, but won’t say her name out loud. Together, take turns asking your leader a question to try and find out who they are.
Play as many times as you like, taking turns to choose someone in your unit. For example, you could ask, ‘Does she have brown hair?’. If your leader answers ‘no’, then all the Guides with brown hair must put their hand down. This is to show that they are not the chosen Guide. Keep going, asking lots of different questions until you find the Guide your leader chose! They’ll be the last one with their hand up.
Now you’ve mastered the game, you could create some new rules to play. For example, you’re not allowed to ask the same questions as the previous rounds.
Why not add in some fun accessories to make it more difficult to guess?
Sounds in the round
Warm up your vocal chords, bang those pots and transform together into an online sound orchestra!
As a unit, decide what sounds you can all make. Can you make the same sounds together, at different times, or different sounds all together?
Why not try out some of these together: clicking, clapping or whistling. Have a look around your room to see if there’s anything you could use to make your sound. Perhaps you could hit a pan with a wooden spoon, make a drumkit with spoons or you might have an instrument of your own to play. Once you’ve got something, bring it back to make a sound for your unit.
Take turns trying out your sounds until you’re ready to come together as an orchestra!
Now, try and find a beat. Choose someone to be the unit’s drummer, so everyone can keep to the beat. It might help slowly counting to four so you’re all in sync.
When you’re ready, choose an order and see if you can keep the beat going with your different sounds. Each Guide will make a sound for four beats before it passes to the next Guide. Can you keep your sounds going until you’re all making music together?
Wow! We bet that was a great sound. When you’re back meeting face to face with your units, why not play this game again, but try adding in singing too!
Try it this way
Too easy? Every time you make a mistake, go back to the start and try again!
Pass the pen
Work together to get a pen passed around your whole unit and back to your leader!
Everyone grab a pen. Your leader will start. They’ll move their pen across the screen and call the name of the Guide they’re going to pass the pen to.
When they move their pen off screen, the Guide’s name who was called then moves her pen across the screen and calls the name of another Guide.
Keep going, passing the pen to everyone in your unit in a big circle back to your leader.
If you call someone who’s already had the pen, stop and start again! Perhaps you could do actions to show you have or haven’t had the pen yet to help. How long will it take you?
Now you’re warmed up, why not try adding some new instructions like, ‘fast’, or ‘slow’, or how they move their pen like, ‘across’, or ‘down’. Add new rules every time you play!
Check out how Girlguiding volunteers and staff tackled this game:
Are you up for the challenge?
Challengers assemble! It’s time to put your master virtual Guide skills to the test.
Your leader is the task master and they have a list of challenges for you to complete. Decide together if you want to compete on your own or in teams. Every time you complete a challenge, give yourself a point.
- Can you bring back a fork, butter knife and spoon in 15 seconds?
- Can you make someone else laugh in 20 seconds?
- Can you balance a pen on your head for 10 seconds whilst standing up and sitting down?
- Can you say the alphabet quickly without making a mistake?
- Can you find something that begins with the first letter of your name? (Bonus point if no one else had the same thing!)
- Can you name all the Patrols in your unit in 10 seconds?
- Can you draw (something your unit chooses) with your eyes closed in 20 seconds?
Try it this way: If you decide to do the challenges individually, before each challenge, you could vote if you think someone is going to complete it – if you guess right, you get an extra point! You can also come up with your own challenges.
Strike a pose! Together, choose a song that makes you think of your Guide unit – it might be your unit’s favourite song, something that reminds you of camp, or a Promise party.
Come up with some crazy dance moves that you all must do whenever you hear that song.
Once you’ve mastered the dance move, choose one Guide to play the song at a random time during your next virtual meeting. When you hear it, everyone do your crazy dance moves together!
Keep playing it at every virtual meeting, changing the Guide who plays it each time.
Knife, fork and spoon game
Everyone grab a fork, butter knife and spoon. Place them down in front of you, making sure the handles are closest to you, and the knife is facing away.
Your leader says ‘Go!’, lift one item of cutlery. If it’s the same item as your leader, you get a point!
The first Guide to get five points wins and becomes the next caller.
Too easy? Why not speed it up and see who can get the most points in 30 seconds!
Make sure not to use sharp objects, you can use plastic cutlery if you have this available. Instead of cutlery, you could also use different coloured pieces of paper or objects that everyone would have at home.
Before your next virtual meeting, stage a scene with household items and take a snap or draw a picture and send it to your leader.
It could be something that’s inspired you or get creative and create an abstract piece of art using your childhood toys!
In your next meeting, your leader will show everyone your photos or pictures.
Take turns making up captions for the scenes and see what stories you can create. Who knows, perhaps you’ll come up with the next big Guide story!
Do not share any personal information in your photos, and if you’re using photos of anyone else, make sure to ask their permission before sharing.