Everyone is gearing up for holidays spent over Zoom and other virtual platforms. Zoom will again be lifting their 40-minute time limit on calls, allowing for families to connect for longer. Despite being able to see and hear one another, sitting in front of a screen can take away some of the fun that usually comes from dancing, games, and mingling around the house. Planning a few games to play over the call can give the evening some structure and prevent any awkward silences over the call. There are a ton of virtual friendly games out there, but this list is perfect for all ages and any level of technical expertise.
Everyone has played bingo at some point in their life, and there are so many different variations you can incorporate. Simply email everyone their cards to print out and get ready to play the role of bingo caller! Prizes can be anything from bragging rights to small e-gift cards.
Question and Answer
There’s something about a rapid-fire question and answer game, like jeopardy or trivia, that just gets the blood pumping. You can use the breakout room feature to put everyone into teams, or divide teams based on who is in each home. Like bingo, games like this are completely customizable! A fun tip, tie the questions to those in attendance, ask about birthdays and pet names.
Decorating challenges are a little harder to coordinate, but it is a ton of fun! Many stores sell affordable gingerbread house kits, complete with icing and decorations, but you can also go a simpler route with cookies or cupcakes. Regardless of the chosen baked goods, try to arrange for everyone to have similar supplies, set a timer, and begin. After the decorating is finished, have fun taking turns featuring your delicious designs, and then vote for a winner!
Don’t let the challenges of this season bring down what is otherwise a time filled with joy. Moments are going to look different, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be memorable. This year fill your holiday calls with games and activities. You never know, you might just find a new tradition!