While the majority of us are practicing social distancing by leaving our homes only when necessary we could use some creative ways to interact with others. Here are some games you can play via FaceTime or other live interactive video chats. This is not sponsored in anyway, just my little brain and some photos from Amazon.com.
This first group can be played even without the actual game.
The Game Gal has an easy way to play without the game. Even the kids can participate with this one. If they can’t read yet but can draw, just have someone else whisper the word to them.
Okay, this is really charades. Totally playable without the boxed game. You can play similarly to Pictionary. Instead of drawing the word or phrase, you act it out.
This is one of my favorites because I love words. Sure it would be easier to play this game with the categories and special die but I found this category generator and everyone can just write down their answers on a piece of paper.
It won’t look the same if you don’t have a set like the one pictured but there is a free bingo sheet builder that can make it super personal as well. For the traditional version go to the Classic 1-75 Bingo link on the left.
The next batch are games that you will want either one game total or one game for each household playing.
5. Trivial Pursuit
There are so many different versions of this game! You’ll need one house to have a version. To be a little interactive, if each house has a standard die to roll, each player can at least roll their own turn even if someone else is moving their piece for them. What a great way to use your brain too! I’m thinking for our older kids here!
Both players will need their own game but it will be played the same way as if you were sitting together! “You sank my battleship!” will be yelled from houses across the world! 😉
7. Guess Who?
This classic game will be so fun to play on FaceTime! Both players need their own boards and then it’s all “does your player have glasses” and “does your player wear a hat” for the rest of the game.
8. Apples to Apples
This one will take a little bit of creativity and a set of cards at each house playing. Several people in each house and maybe even several houses playing together would be the most fun with this game.
This was a favorite of mine with my grandparents. One household can have the game and everyone can write their own words wherever they are!
10. Word Games
I have no image for this but think back to your summer camp and road trips.
- The Picnic Game
- Two Truths and a Lie
- 21 Questions
- Last Letter – using categories, go back and forth saying a word in that category that begins with the last letter of the previous word (ex: category “states,” Georgia – Alabama – Arkansas)
- Song Lyrics – hum a song (or play on a kazoo!) until someone guesses
- Never Have I Ever
- Only Rhyme – go back and forth using only words that rhyme
I hope this helps you and your loved ones stay connected while also staying safe and helping to keep our community safe as well.
What games are you playing? What is one of your favorite games?