Hola teachers! You don’t have to stress about the lack of engagement in your Zoom classes anymore. Don’t shy away from planning fun game sessions with your students and get to know them better.
Online games are a great way to connect with your students in a meaningful and better way. Here are 16 games you can play with your students on Zoom to add more energy to your online classes :
1. Look Change
This is a super fun game to play with your students where you ask one of them to go and do a little change in their looks. The player who guesses the change correctly gets a point. The students with the most points, in the end, win the game.
2. The Emoji Game
This game is self-explanatory. Here, the host sends 3-4 emojis, one after another, in the chat section and the players have to guess the title of the movie through those emojis. It’s one of the most engaging Zoom games to play with students online.
The student with the most correct movies wins the game.
3. Freeze Dance Party
Let’s not forget that physical activities are very important for students and therefore a dance party is always a good idea! But, what’s the twist?
The host plays a song, and as soon as the music stops, the students have to freeze in their positions. If the player is unable to freeze and moves, he/she gets eliminated. The last man or woman left dancing wins the game.
4. The EE Game
If you’re looking for something funny, ‘The EE game’ should be your preferred choice. To play this game, the host prepares a list of movies and then replaces the vowels with the letters ‘EE’.
Participants have to guess the name of the movie from this altered pronunciation. It’s really funny! Here are a few examples: FROZEN turns into FREEZEEN and STARWARS into STEERWEERS.
5. Guess The Sound
Guessing the sound is a super-fun activity if you want your students to take a break and relax for some time. For this game, the host needs to collect 4-5 different objects and show them to the students. Afterward, everyone switches off their camera and the host makes a sound using 1 of those objects.
The challenge is to guess which object was used to produce that sound. The player with the most correct answers, in the end, wins the game.
6. Birthday Calendar on CAM
It’s one of the most engaging Zoom games you can play with your students. But firstly, you have to make sure that all the participants know how to turn on and off their camera.
In this game, the host calls out the month names from January to December, one after another. Every player who has their birthday in that particular month has to turn on their camera for 30 seconds.
After this process, each player makes a list of the months and tries to remember everyone’s birthday. The person with the sharpest memory and most correct answers wins the game. This game should be on your list if you’re looking for some engaging games to play on Zoom with students.
7. Did I Lie?
It’s a guessing game where the host holds a big board in front of his face and picks up random objects in his hand (in a way that the object is not visible to the players).
The players have to guess the invisible object, the host is holding in his or her hands. The participants with the most correct guesses win the game.
8. Movie Lines Game
This game is self-explanatory. The host prepares a list of dialogues or lines from different movies. The players have to guess the name of the movie as well as the name of the character who spoke that line. This game is perfect if you’re taking a break from usual study sessions and want to boost the general knowledge of your students.
9. One Sentence Storyboard
This game is an upgraded version of Pictionary where you don’t have to just explain a word but an entire sentence by drawing different objects. To play this game, the host divides the participants into two teams.
The host then gives a sentence to a representative member from one team, who has to explain it to his or her team members. The team with the most score, in the end, wins the game.
10. Princess of Persia
This is a super fun game where one player at a time becomes “Princes of Persia”. Princess of Persia has to order the players. For example, “Princess of Persia wants an Egg”. Participants then have to run and find an egg. The player who comes back first with an egg gets a point.
Players can take turns to become Princess of Persia. The player with the most points, in the end, wins the game.
11. Story Creator
This is a super fun game especially if you want your students to learn and play at the same time. In this game, the host prepares a sheet of 10 objects beforehand. The players are then challenged to write a story containing all the 10 objects within 10 or 20 minutes. (whatever time frame suits your students).
In the end, the host asks everyone to read their stories aloud in the class and the audience can vote to decide a winner.
12. Minute To Win
This one is my personal favourite from the lot. It’s very simple: In this game, the host sets a timer for one minute and all the players have to wear as many shirts as possible within that time. The player who is able to put on most shirts under 1 minute wins the game.
PS: Remember the players are supposed to button their shirts properly.
13. Letter Scavenger Hunt: 1 Min Edition
The host gives one letter to the players and they have exactly 1 minute to bring as many objects as possible beginning with that letter.
For example: For letter B, the players have to collect objects like a Ball, Banana, Bat and Baking Soda.
14. Action Game
It’s a super fun and physically engaging game where the host performs a sequence of actions. For example, clap, sit, squat, and stand.
The sequence can be easy or difficult according to your preferences. The players have to repeat the same action sequence. They get eliminated as soon as they miss one step or do it incorrectly. The last player standing wins the game.
15. Food Festivals
The host prepares a list of food prompts. For example, food from different countries, homemade snacks, or food with cheese as an ingredient. The players have 30 seconds to write as many food items as they can under that particular food prompt.
The player with the most names gets a point. The player with the most points in the end wins the game.
16. Lip Sync
The lip-sync game does not need any explanation. It is as simple as it sounds. The players are given one funny sound or song to create a lip-sync video of themselves. All the videos are then played during the meeting and the video with the most votes wins the game.
That’s it, folks! What games are you playing with your students and squads on Zoom? We are sure you have some interesting ideas of your own. Do tell us in the comments and be a part of our community.