15 Perfect Games for Kids to Play with Friends on Facetime
Whether you’re kids are stuck inside due to quarantine, or you just moved across the country, video chat options like Skype, Facetime, Zoom or Messenger are coming to the rescue. Today I am sharing easy games for kids to play on Facetime to connect with friends and family. They also work great for distance learning classes.
Fun Games to Play Over Facetime
As a teacher and mom, this topic is near and dear to my heart.
Right now, our school is closed.
I am missing my students, and my children are missing their friends.
Thankfully, we have been getting creative and using different video chat platforms like Zoom, Facetime, Skype and Messenger to reach out to friends and family and stay connected.
While video chatting is fine, the most important thing for kids to do is PLAY!
Below you will find a list of games and activities that are simple and easy for kids to play on Zoom (or Google Meet….or whatever you want to use).
These games are also perfect for virtual birthday parties when kids can’t get together with their friends.
The Best Games for Kids to Play on Zoom
This is the game that inspired this post.
My 7 year old son played this with his friends on Zoom the other day and had a blast.
You need a second device in addition to what you are using to video chat and you also need the app.
There is also a Heads Up! Kids version of the app that is available that uses pictures instead of words, which is great for younger kids.
Charades is a classic game that is super easy to modify to work via video chat.
Each player comes up with a list of words or phrases to act out, then you take turns trying to guess.
Easy, fun and entertaining!
The object of the game is simple and so easy for kids to get the hang of.
Player 1 thinks of a person, place or object.
Player 2 then gets to ask 20 yes or no questions to try to guess what it is.
If they are successful, they get a point. The first person to 10 wins!
Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Indoor scavenger hunts are a great boredom buster and indoor activity for kids on rainy days. It’s a great way to burn off energy while hunting around the house for items on the list.
They also work perfectly as a virtual game to play with kids.
Players can earn points by being the first person to bring back and show each individual item, or see who can find the most items on the list in the shortest amount of time.
Create your own list or make up your own rules for endless fun.
Two Truths and a Lie
Standard rules for this one.
Each player takes a turn sharing two statements about themselves that are true, along with one that is a fib.
The opponents goal is to correctly guess which statement was a lie.
The play can continue to go back and forth until the players run out of ideas.
A great way to learn more about friends and family.
As long as each person has this game at home, it's easy to play on video chat.
Follow the same rules and take turns guessing to see who the mystery person is.
This game is just like charades, except instead of acting out the word on the card, you draw it.
Zoom's white board tool makes this the perfect virtual game to play with friends.
You could also just turn your camera to show what you are drawing if you are using a different platform.
Words Within Words
Choose a word or phrase and see which player can make the most new words using the same letters.
For example, the phrase Birthday Party could be used to make hat, bat, rat, ray etc.
The player that comes up with the most words in one minute wins!
Each player can make their own Bingo cards.
Then you can use a free online Bingo caller to host your own game.
Tic Tac Toe
This is another game that is perfect to use with Zoom's virtual whiteboard since both players can take turns writing.
Not using Zoom? That's ok. Each player will just make their own game, then record each players moves.
This game is so much fun to play!
Choose a letter and see how many of the categories each player can complete in the time given.
Each player will take turns coming up with words to spell, while the other player guesses the letters.
Here is a huge list of good hangman phrases for kids too!
Would You Rather
This isn't really a game where you keep score, but it's a fun way to be entertained.
Each player takes turns and coming up with an either or scenario that their opponent has to choose from.
Asked correctly, these questions can be anywhere from thought provoking to hilarious.
If you need some ideas, click the link below for a list.
Read My Lips
Ya'll are gonna crack up playing this game.
Each player takes a turn "mouthing" the words to a phrase or lyrics to a song.
Their opponent has to guess what they are saying just by reading their lips.
Trust me, it's hilarious!
If you've ever been to a baby shower this game will be familiar.
Player 1 sets 10 objects on a tray or table that the other player can see.
Player 2 is given 30 seconds to try to memorize all the items on the tray before they are covered with a towel. Then they have to try to name as many objects that they remember seeing as possible.
The rules are simple but the fun is fantastic!
Be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number.
There you have it mama! Tons of ideas to keep kids connected to their friends and family during school closure via Facetime.
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How did they play heads up without the person holding it to their forehead seeing the card in their own camera in zoom?
I don’t think hangman is an appropriate game for anyone. Yikes.
I agree. When my kids were little, we played StandMan… the man is just standing there on a line.
You must be a lot of fun at parties. It’s a game. It’s a stick figure. To the author,thank you. The list was excellent.
I always have a great bond with children, especially babies, and I don’t know why but reading about these sort of things really interest me! I was just wondering, Do you accept requests? I was wondering if you could give some advice on school, i.e. when you should do your homework, etc.., this would be deeply appreciated!