Fun challenges to liven up your video calls
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 new great ideas to the list.
Pick your favorite and get everyone in your call to join in!
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 the themes. There’ll be five 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.
Try it this way
Why not take turns being the ‘theme chooser’ and come up with the weirdest and wackiest things people need to think of with that letter!
Once you’ve finished playing, count your scores and see who has the most – you’re the winner!
- Something you can see in your room
- A reason to text a friend
- Famous person
- Capital cities
- Things found in a souvenir shop
- Fancy dress costumes
- Song titles
- Things that are in your bag
- Things that are found in the ocean
- 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.
Try it this way
Want to up the challenge? Why not reduce the number of questions allowed or split into teams and take turns asking questions, which team will get the answer first?
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 Rangers 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!
Are you telepathic? 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 Ranger 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.
For example, you could ask, ‘Does she have brown hair?’. If she answers ‘no’, then all the Rangers with brown hair must put their hand down. This is to show they’re not the chosen Ranger. Keep going, asking lots of different questions until you find the Ranger your leader chose! They’ll be the last one with their hand up.
Play as many times as you like, taking turns to choose someone in your unit.
Now you’ve mastered the game, you could create some new rules to play. For example, before you ask your leader any questions about who they’ve chosen, everyone guess who they think it’s going to be and write them down. Who is the luckiest guesser in your unit?
Why not add in some fun accessories to make it more difficult to guess?
Sounds in the round
Curtain call! Transform into an online sound orchestra and wow your leaders with your musical abilities.
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. Once you’ve mastered those, 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 Ranger will make a sound for four beats before it passes to the next Ranger. Every time you make a mistake, go back to the start and try again.
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? Can you change up the tempo, by getting faster or really slow?
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 Ranger they’re going to pass the pen to.
When they move their pen off screen, the Ranger’s name who was called then moves her pen across the screen and calls the name of another Ranger.
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, try introducing another object (that you all have at home – perhaps a spoon!) and see if you can pass two objects in circles around your zoom call.
Too easy? Keep adding more objects or rules to your game 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 Rangers skills to the test.
Your leader’s going to choose someone to complete the first challenge. Then that Ranger gets to pick who goes next.
If you complete your challenge, you get a point. Before each challenge, vote to say if you think they’re going to complete it – if you’re right, you get a bonus point! Keep score as you go.
- Can you tell three knock, knock jokes to someone else in your unit without hesitating?
- Can you find three things in your home that are yellow in 20 seconds?
- Can you balance a pen on your head for 10 seconds? What about standing up and sitting back down?
- Can you draw a house with your eyes closed in 15 seconds?
- Can you say the alphabet backwards without making a mistake?
- Can you do 20 star jumps in 20 seconds?
Now you’ve got the hang of it, start thinking of your own challenges to set for each other and declare the Ranger with the most points the winner!
Strike a pose! Together, choose a song that makes you think of your Ranger unit – it might be your unit’s favourite song, something that reminds you of camp, or a party you’ve had.
Come up with some crazy dance moves that you all must do whenever you hear that song.
Once you’ve mastered the dance moves, choose one Ranger 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 Ranger 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.
When your leader says ‘Go!’, lift one item of cutlery. If it’s the same item as your leader, you get a point!
The first Ranger 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 Ranger 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.