Fun games to play during video calls
Use these brilliant games to add some fun to your video calls and virtual meetings
We know that meeting over video is very different to meeting face-to-face, so try these quick games to find new ways to add some virtual fun.
We've started off our games bank with these 5 great ideas - and each month we'll be ading 2 more.
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?
Pass the pen
Work together to get a pen (or any other object you all have at home) 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 Rainbow they’re passing the pen to.
When they move their pen off screen, the Rainbow’s name who was called then moves her pen across the screen, passing it back to your leader. Your leader will then say the name of the next Rainbow and pass the pen across the screen again.
Can you all pass the pen back to your leader?
Now you’re warmed up, can you pass it around everyone and back to your leader in a big circle? Give it a go. Call another Rainbow’s name when it’s your turn. It might take a bit of practise.
Check out how Girlguiding staff and volunteers tackled this game:
Are you up for the challenge?
Quick! Your leader needs your help to find some things she’s lost around her home. Can you find them in yours?
Listen to what she’s lost and when she says ‘Go!’, see if you can find them as quickly as possible. Bring them back to show your Rainbow friends.
Are you ready? Can you find…
- Something that starts with the first letter of your name?
- Something the colour orange?
- Your favourite toy or game?
- Something you love to eat?
- Something really soft?
- An adult?
What did you find? Did anyone else find the same thing?
It’s time to play a game of Rainbow says!
Choose one girl to be the first caller. Listen carefully to what they say. If they start the action with ‘Rainbow says…’, do what they say. If they don’t, make sure you stay as still as a statue.
Have a practise with your different facial expressions:
- Be happy
- Be sad
- Be angry
- Be shocked/scared
- Poke your tongue out
- Close your eyes
Ready? Get playing! If you get it wrong twice, you’re out. Who can stay in the game the longest? Keep changing the caller every few goes so everyone gets a turn.
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 is going to count 3, 2, 1…and when they say ‘Go!’, lift one item of cutlery. If it’s the same one as your leader, you get a point!
The first Rainbow to get three points wins and becomes the next caller.
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, send a photo or picture into your leader of something that makes you happy.
If you’re taking a photo, you could try to stage it to look like something, for example – you might have a teddy bear off on a big adventure!
In your next meeting, your leader will show everyone your photos. For each of them, try to come up with stories about what’s happening or could happen next. Who knows, perhaps you’ll come up with the next big Rainbow 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.