Playing a fun game to break the ice before delving deep into a youth group meeting is often the key ingredient to making sure we get the most out of it. The game should never be an afterthought & should be seen as one of the important first steps in the recipe to a well-rounded youth meeting.

Breaking the ice for an online meeting is even more important, as people try to transition their headspace from home to your youth meeting.

 

Do It Yourself:

These games you can adjust to fit your theme for the week, ask one of your leaders to help you out or get creative and do your own version!

1. Would You Rather

Provide your youth with two things that they need to choose between (e.g. Summer or Winter, Christmas or Easter, Mountain Hiking or Surfing). Have them vote using zoom emojis or type in the chat which one they would rather and why.

Have a look HERE at one that we did with our youth leaders at our Community Night.

2. Zoom Close Up

You’d be surprised how difficult it is to identify an object when zoomed up super close… Google some images and have your youth guess what they think it is.

Have a look HERE at one that we did with our youth leaders at our Upper Zoom.

3. Pictionary

Use the ‘share screen’ function on Zoom and select ‘whiteboard’. Message one of your youth group members or leaders what they need to draw and let the guessing begin!

4. Guess Who

Whether it’s celebrity baby photos, saints or even your youth leaders, show a variety of images and have your youth group members guess who is who!

Have a look HERE at one that we did with our youth leaders at our Community Night.

5. True / False

Sometimes the toughest questions are choosing between two options and ‘True or False’ is no exception. Play as an elimination, with the last man standing being the winner. Or make it active and have your youth group members stand up and signal ‘true’ by having their hands on their head, or ‘false’ by having their hands on their hips.

6. Scavenger Hunt

Have a list of items that your youth group members need to go and find in their house. You can allocate certain items to certain people, e.g. the girls need to collect a spoon and the boys need to collect a ruler. It can be specific to your youth night theme or it can be as general as you would like.

7. Name that Tune

If you think having a tune stuck in your head, but not knowing what song it is, is bad, try having the lyrics without the tune! Show your youth group members the first couple of lines of a song and have them guess what song they think it is. Or you can switch it around: play them the first 10 sec of a song and have them guess what it is.

Have a look HERE at one that we did with our youth leaders at our Community Night.

8. Charades

Similar to Pictionary, message your youth group member what they are going to act out. The first person to accurately guess the answer becomes the next actor.

9. Reverse Charades

Rather than having one person act out for the entire group, reverse it and have the WHOLE group act out for the one person.

We recently did this at our ‘Think Tank’ for youth leaders – check it out HERE.

10. Trivia

Nothing screams ‘zoom games night’ more than good, ol’ Trivia.

Not sure where to begin or want some question inspiration? Have a look HERE at one that we did with our youth leaders at our Community Night.

 

 

Online Games:

If you are pressed for time or want to try something different, have a look at these games. Some you might recognize as board games gone online, others are brand new!

Scribbl.io

This game is super similar to Pictionary.
“When it’s your turn to draw, you will have to choose a word from three options and visualize that word in 80 seconds, alternatively when somebody else is drawing you have to type your guess into the chat to gain points, be quick, the earlier you guess a word the more points you get!”

https://skribbl.io/

Kahoot

Kahoot is a treasure trove of quizzes, ready made for you! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started or make your own:
Saint Joseph
Catholic Quiz
Marvel
Guess the Brand

Gartic Phone

Think a combination of ‘Chinese Whispers’ and ‘Pictionary’ and a favourite among youth and young adults at the moment.

How to Play:
Calling is better: invite your friends to a voice call (e.g. Zoom)
Time to write: each player must write a quirky sentence
Time to draw: you are going to receive a bizarre sentence to try and draw
What is it: try and describe one of the crazy drawings
See what happened: watch the hilarious results of the telephone game

https://garticphone.com/

Escape Room:

Three words: Online. Escape. Room. This does cost money and is recommended for older youth groups or young adults, but is jam packed full of fun, thrills and excitement.

https://www.virtualescape.com.au/?fbclid=IwAR3ur5diGbShixOIXDbmTN3BfdJ3wXnLK4QBtwKfjZa07djtgK44nwnnkVA

Avalon

If you’re an Avalon lover, look no further for this online version!

https://netgames.io/games/avalon/

Spy fall:

You’re an FBI detective. Problem: someone in your department is an enemy spy.
Your full department has been brought in. You must question each other to discover the spy.

https://www.spyfall.app/

Code Names

Another great but highly addictive (and maybe competitive) board game that is now online.
Want to learn how to play? Check out this YouTube video.

https://www.spyfall.app/gamerules

Jigsaw Puzzles:

Which team can solve the puzzle the fastest?
https://jigsawpuzzles.io/

TriviaPlay:

This is a game of trivia in teams or individually. Another option besides Kahoot! https://www.randomtriviagenerator.com/

Scattergories

Another way to play Scattergories, this time you can see everyone’s answers!

https://scattergoriesonline.net/