Mix things up with these games to play in video calls
New ideas to add some fun to video meetings
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 2 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?
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 in your head until someone tells you to stop. Say the letter you stopped on out loud, for example ‘E’ or ‘J’.
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 theme. There’ll be three 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!
- Things to do at the weekend
- Cartoon characters
- Something you can see in your room
- Farm animals
- Animals you see at a zoo
- Breakfast food
- Sports and hobbies
- Types of stationery
- Things that are sticky
- Four letter words
Higher or lower?
Note to leader: You’ll need a pack of playing cards for this game.
Do you have magical card reading powers? Your leader’s going to show you a card. Do you think the next one they pick will have a higher (bigger) or lower (smaller) number on it? Shout out your answer. Were you right? Remember face cards, or ones with pictures on them go higher from Jack, Queen to King. Decide as a unit if you want your Ace card to be the highest or lowest.
Have a practise round. Now you’re warmed up, it’s time to play. Every time your leader shows you a card, shout higher or lower or put your thumbs up or down. If you’re right, you’re still in the game! If you’re wrong, put your hands on your head and stay silent. Who will stay in the game the longest?
Keep playing, seeing how far your mind reading powers can take you.
Ready to up the challenge? Why not do a speed round, where the card turning gets faster, and faster, and faster!
What's in my bag?
Note to leader: Come up with eight random items to call out to the girls. For example, hedgehog, butterfly, plate, owl, dinosaur, flower.
Brownies, before your next meeting, grab a bag or empty pillowcase and put in eight random items that you find around your house. You could grab things like a toy, a spoon, a piece of fruit, or your favourite fridge magnet. If you’re not sure if you can use something, ask the person that owns it.
Make sure you have your bag near you when you join your next Brownies meeting. And don’t tell anyone what’s inside – it’s a secret!
Your leader’s going to call out eight things, one by one. After each word, look in your bag and see what you have that reminds you of that thing. For example, if they say ‘hedgehog’, see if you have something that’s either spikey or brown.
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!
Next time you play the game, look for different items around your home.
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, two or three would be good.
Can you tell your apple from your banana? It’s time to put your artistic skills to the test!
Your leader will share their screen that has a picture of an object on it. 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 which drawing is the most like the object.
Keep going, swapping the pictures and trying it again. Practise makes perfect, so it might get easier the more you play!
Before your meeting: can you bring any fun accessories to wear - for example, you might have goggles, helmets, silly hats or giant sunglasses; or something you could hold like a spoon or piece of fruit.
Can you read your leader’s mind? Can you guess who your leader’s thinking about with only a few questions?
To start, everyone raise your hand. Your leader’s going to choose one Brownie 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’re thinking about.
For example, you could ask, ‘Does she have brown hair?’. If your leader answers ‘no’, then all the Brownies with brown hair must put their hand down. This is to show they’re not the chosen Brownie. Keep going, with lots of questions until only one Brownie has her hand up. She’s the Brownie your leader chose!
Play as many times as you like, taking turns to choose someone in your unit.
Now you’ve mastered the game, add in some fun accessories to make it more difficult to guess!
Questions you could ask:
- Is she wearing her Brownie uniform?
- Does her name begin with the letter ‘K’?
- Does she have blonde hair?
- Is she holding a piece of fruit or a vegetable? (you could add in props to make it more fun!)
- Is she wearing a blue wig?
Sounds in the round
Let’s try and make a sound orchestra.
Practise time! What sounds can you all make? Can you make the same sounds together, at different tim
Let’s try and make a sound orchestra.
Practise time! What sounds can you 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, saying oohs and ahhs. 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, or run your pen along the curly spine of a notebook? 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. Altogether, slowly count out loud: one, two, three, four.
One by one, your leader will choose a Brownie to make a noise on each beat. So, it might be: clap, clap, clap, clap. Your leader will then choose the next Brownie to make their sound. Once you’ve all been, give yourself a big round of applause.
Try it this way
Too easy? Why not choose an order before the performance and see if you can keep the beat going without your leader calling the Brownies names?
Wow! We bet that was a beautiful sound. When you’re back meeting face to face in your unit, why not play this game again, but try adding in singing too!
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 Brownie they’re going to pass the pen to.
When they move their pen off screen, the Brownie’s name who was called then moves her pen across the screen and calls the name of another Brownie.
Keep going, and make sure everyone’s had the pen before you pass it 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! It might take a bit of practise.
Now, this time every time it goes to someone who’s already had the pen, start again. Perhaps you could do actions to show you have or haven’t had the pen yet to help!
Check out how Girlguiding volunteers and staff tackled this game:
Are you up for the challenge?
Ready? It’s time to put your virtual Brownie skills to the test.
Your leader has some tricky challenges, can you beat them all?
Every time you complete a challenge, you get one point. Keep score of your own points as you go.
- Can you pull ten different funny faces?
- Can you balance a pen on your head for 10 seconds? Try standing up and sitting down, can you keep it balanced?
- Can you say the alphabet really quickly without making a mistake?
- Can you draw a picture of a cat in a boat with your eyes closed?
- Can you name all of the Sixes in your unit in 10 seconds?
Now, for the final challenge, can you find things in your home that spell out SMILE (for example, you’ll need to find something that begins with S, M, I, L and E – so you might find soap for S or an egg for E!).
You get one point for every letter, and double points if no one else found the same things as you. Show off your items to everyone!
Who has the most points? They’re the winner!
It’s time to play a game of Brownie says! Choose one girl to be the first caller. Listen carefully to what they say.
If they start the action with ‘Brownie 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 or 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 Brownie 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 one of your toys earning an interest badge!
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 Brownie 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.