Amidst this pandemic, Zoom has become a household word and something I never thought my 88 year old grandma would be savvy at. Since we aren’t able to travel to see family this year, we’ve implemented a weekly Saturday morning Zoom call with our extended family. It’s become something we all look forward to and has helped us stay more connected in each other’s lives than ever before. As the host of these calls, I’ve made it my weekly challenge to keep the calls fresh with at least one activity planned.
This helps keep the kids engaged and also creates some structure so we don’t go down the conversation trail of how much 2020 has sucked (easy to do!!). I’ve rounded up the activities we’ve done so far and hope they spark some great conversations and fun amidst your own family Zoom calls.
- Name That Tune
This was fun to put together. The hubs and I put together an Apple play list of songs from movies and all genre’s and generations. We then played them over the call and whoever shouted the name out first got a point. You could easily use a Spotify playlist as well. Each household was a team and we sent the winning team a surprise prize. In this case it was a tie dying kit complete with shirts to tie dye. If you need some inspiration, we used the Harry Potter theme, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, Ed Sheeran’s You Look Perfect Tonight and The Beetles Let It Be, to name just a few.
This was a bit of a labor of love as I made up Bingo cards for each person and then sent them via email before the call so they could print them out. We then used this site to generate the bingo numbers to call. The winner got a prize worth $10 (fro-you gift card in this case) and a $10 donation to their charity of choice.
This is by far the best game that we played together and worth every penny I spent on the pre-built Powerpoint Jeopardy template that you can buy here for $9.99. You do have to make your own categories, questions and answers but the template is all programed and you only have to type in the info. It worked flawlessly and was so much fun. To inspire you, some categories we made up were Star Wars, Disneyland, All About Cats, and Young Adult Fiction.
4. Virtual Baking Show
For Fourth of July, we gave everyone the challenge before the call to bake or cook something with a Fourth of July theme and share their completed product with everyone on the call. The kids got to play judges in the style of the Great British Baking Show. Would also be fun to send everyone a recipe ahead of time and share/eat the results together on the call.
Zoom has a great whiteboard option that makes it super easy to allow anyone to share their screen and then draw. People on the call get to guess. We just used whatever popped into our heads as ideas of what to draw, but you could easily keep to a theme if you wanted to.
6. Birthday Party Ideas
Over these last few months, there have been tons of Zoom birthday celebrations. We’ve dressed up, worn silly hats, used fun birthday Zoom backgrounds and created birth year quizzes using Kahoot. Kahoot is an online quiz/game platform that allows users to submit answers from their phone or the website, making it a fully interactive experience as you can see the answers they submit and rankings.
I hope that gives you some inspiration to jazz up your Zoom calls as we might still be having these for a long time! Take care.