When you can’t meet up with loved ones, here are some fun games to play on Facetime with grandparents and friends.
Most of us are still getting our heads around the fact that we’re not going to be socializing how we’re used to socializing for quite some time.
Explaining to our kids that they can’t see their friends and family has been tough.
Right now, keeping everyone safe is all that matters so play-dates and family dinners are on hold for a while.
Thankfully though we have the technology that allows us to get together online…thank you FaceTime!
So, we’re learning to make the most of it by playing some fun FaceTime games. They’re not only great fun but they also reduce the amount of time our three year old spends pressing his nose up to the phone screen 🤣
To Play Games On A Video Call You’ll Need:
- A smartphone, tablet or laptop with microphone and webcam.
- To download a free call app like FaceTime, WhatsApp or Skype
- To choose a game from our list below…
Games To Play On FaceTime With Grandparents
- Find me something
Grandparents ask them to find “something blue/ smooth/ starting with the letter c”.
Kids run around trying to find an object and bring it back.
- 20 questions
One player chooses an animal or object and everyone else takes turns to ask a question so that they can guess what they are.
“Yes” and “no” answers only.
- I Went To The Shop
Someone starts with “I went to the shop and I bought…a packet of crisps”.
Next person starts from the start and adds their own – “I went to the shop and I bought…a packet of crisps…and a bunch of bananas”.
Carry on for as long as you can without getting confused!
One player acts out the title of a book or film one word at a time for others to guess.
Choose a topic like “household items” and take turns to say one in alphabetical order. So, “armchair”, “biscuit tin”, “coat rack”…
- Read together
Read a book together or have grandparents read to younger children.
- The Generation Game
Who remembers this on TV!?
Both sides of video call to choose 15-20 objects and lay them out in a line.
One side to show the other side their items.
Other side has 1 minute to remember all objects.
As they guess correctly items are collected up and counted at the end.
- Would you rather?
Ask and discuss…”Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?”
Prepare some questions for each other and take turns being interviewed.
Is a lovely activity for grandchildren to find out more about their grandparents.
A fun variation is to become characters in the Hotseat. So, for example you could interview Grandpa Pig.
- Do you know me?
Like the game Mr and Mrs on TV. Ask grandparent a question like “what’s your favourite food?” Child and grandparent to write their guess/answer down on paper and reveal at the same time.
Do they match?
- Play battleship
Grid games like battleship can be played over a screen.
- Play a boardgame
Some games like Guess Who? and Twister work well over a screen if you both have a set.
- Quote game
Say a quote from a movie for the other team to guess who said it.
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Games For Kids and Toddlers To Play On FaceTime With Friends
- Show and Tell
Choose a special item that they can share with each other.
- Drawing Challenge
Agree on something to draw and give it a go at the same time. This can be as serious or as silly as they like.
- Silly faces
Who can pull the silliest face? Keep going until someone laughs 🤣
- The Story Game
Make up a story one word at a time. Each person chooses one word quickly so you keep a bit of a rhythm.
See what you come up with!
- Build Lego together
Chat and play. Build a tall tower. Make a robot. All while chatting.
- What am I?
One person to think of an animal and the other person to ask questions until they guess correctly.
You must only answer “yes” or “no”.
- Put on a show!
I loved putting on shows with my sisters and cousin as a child. Edward Scissor Hands was our speciality!
Spend all day practicing and perform on FaceTime when you’re ready.
- Draw each other.
While talking try and sketch each other.
- Yes No Game
Try to get someone else to say “yes” or “no”. If they do then you win!
You may also enjoy these indoor games to play with kids.
Do you have any other suggestions for games to play on FaceTime?