Social Distancing Game ideas

Social Distancing Games

These games are stand alone or, if like us, you’re into team games and competitions, each of these games could be played as different components of a bigger Whatsapp Family Competition.  

Points to note:

  • We have included the suggested points system, but you can of course edit this as you see fit.

  • Please note that all of these games require internet connection and access to a group messaging app / site.

WhatsApp Talent Competition!

Organise yourself into a whatsapp group with the contestants, select an odd number of Judges. Each contestant is given a certain amount of time to record their talent (1 day is probably enough). Set a time to all ‘meet’ online. Everyone sends in their talent video. The judges deliberate on a separate video call or in a separate WhatsApp group. Once the deliberation is over the judges will announce the winners (and possibly give feedback for all acts) on the main group.

EXTEND IT: Using a similar format to BGT you can ‘eliminate’ one act each day and end up with one winner over a week or so if you wanted to extend it.

Points: First place; 10 points, second place; 5 points , third place; 3 points

WhatsApp Emoji Decoder

Each family can take it in turns to try and convey a message using ONLY emojis, you can choose whether to base it on a specific theme, E.G: Disney movies, cliches, famous sayings etc

EXTEND IT: Who can come up with the longest (understandable) emoji story?

Points: Most Emoji sentences guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

WhatsApp Search & Find

Select one person to be games master, they are to come up with a list of items which the other teams need to find. (E.G: something you can wear on your head, something red, something homemade etc). The list is then posted in the group at the same time and each team has to run around the house to search for the items. The winning team is the first to send a photo of all the items on the list.

Points: First place; 10 points, second place; 5 points , third place; 3 points

WhatsApp Anagrams

Choose a theme between you e.g. fruit or vegetables. Choose a word and rearrange the letters and send it to the other members of the group to decipher. First person / group to guess correctly wins a point.

Points: Most anagrams guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

WhatsApp Family Quiz

Choose one person to be the quiz master, and ask that person to prepare a quiz for your family. This quiz can consist of a few rounds, for example; Disney Movie Round, Family Facts round, Animal facts etc. The quiz must be conducted over video call (WhatsApp supports up to 4 video calls at a time, but GoogleDuo will allow up to 8).

The team with the most points wins!

Points: First place; 10 points, second place; 5 points , third place; 3 points

WhatsApp Story

This one is for all the budding writers out there. This is a very simple game.

One player starts with a line and the other members of the WhatsApp groups keep adding lines to make it an interesting / funny story. Time is the only constraint , you can keep writing as much as you want. If you take longer than 1 min to answer you are out. Winners are the family left standing.

Extend it: Each new sentence needs to begin with ‘fortunately’ or ‘unfortunately’ (Alternate each round).

Points: First place; 10 points, second place; 5 points , third place; 3 points

WhatsApp ‘What’s THAT?’ Game

Take a zoomed in picture of an ordinary item around the house. Send to the group to guess. First person / group to guess correctly wins a point.

EXTEND IT: If your opponents are finding it too difficult to guess you may offer them some clues or take a zoomed out picture. Teams have three goes to guess correctly.

Points: Most Zoomed in images guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

WhatsApp Hum-a-tune

One person chooses a popular song to hum. Record yourself humming and send it for everyone to guess. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you please.

Points: Most songs guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

 WhatsApp Charades

Make a list of categories between everyone and feed the information into the spinner found here (https://tinyurl.com/w78xzsh). Spin the wheel and take a picture of the category it lands on and send it to everyone playing. Use the category to come up with a phrase or saying that is associated with it. Record yourself performing the actions without talking or making sounds and send it. Can the others guess? Teams guessing correctly win a point.

Points: Most charades guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

WhatsApp Hangman

One person writes a series of underscores or dashes which should equal the number of letters in the title of a film or object. The others have to respond with the letters which they believe might be in the word with a maximum of just 10 chances. If the guess is correct the player has to write the letter at its position. The player guesses the word correctly wins.

Points: Most Hangman words guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

WhatsApp 20 Questions

One person thinks of an object, a place or a person. The others send in questions that can only have a yes or no as an answer. Can the object be guessed in 20 questions or less?

Points: Most objects guessed correctly; 10 points, second most; 5 points , third most; 3 points

Online Games / Apps

Download games which allow you to play against each other online for example:

  • Fruit Ninja HD (can play in the same room, or challenge anyone across the world using the  Game Centre)

  • Monopoly

  • Scrabble / Words with Friends

  • Small world 2 (similar to Risk)

  • Plants Vs Zombies 2 (not multiplayer but can connect and compare on leaderboards)

These games have been devised by Ian Capurro and Julia Stych. If you think of any others that we could include in our list please let us know :)