These 15 games to play with friends online (on the phone, over FaceTime, Skype or Zoom) are perfect for 2 people, families or even a small group. Some activities are on paper, some will get your brain working, while others are super easy and just plain funny. So grab your computer and let’s get playing!
In 2020, after being quarantined for over a week I noticed my young son was missing connecting with his friends. (He’s an only child so I totally understood). I mentioned it to my family and they gladly volunteered to have a Zoom call with him. We took it a step further and decided to play family bingo (see below) which was a hit.
How To Connect With Friends Online
We used Zoom because it’s the easiest for a larger group (our family has 5 households). They offer calls for free up to 40 minutes. But you can pay only $15 for the month to get unlimited calls. That was a no brainer for me! Sign up for Zoom here.
You can also use Skype or FaceTime (if everyone you’re calling uses Apple products)
Supplies Needed: Paper and Pen (Zoom also has a free white board feature that you can use)
- Use dashes to represent each letter of a word.
- Taking turns, each player tries to guess the letters of the word.
- If a correct letter is chosen add the letter in the correct position. If an incorrect letter is chosen start to draw a stick man. (i.e. head, arm, torso, etc.)
- Continue taking turns until the word is guessed or the stickman has been hanged.
2. Imaginary Traveler
- Taking turns each player imagines where they might travel to and what objects they might like to take with them on their trip.
- The first player starts with the letter A. (i.e. I’m going to Alice Adamson’s and I’m taking an apple.)
- The next player continues with the next letter of the alphabet. (I’m going to Baltimore and I’m taking my bird.)
- While there might not be a winner for this game, it encourages them to think creatively.
3. Board Games To Play With Friends Online
As long as both players have the game, you could easily play these board games together online.
4. Story Time
- The first player begins the story with a single sentence.
- Player number 2 continues the story with his own sentence.
- This activity can be varied by telling the story with alternating words, sentences, phrases or paragraphs.
- While there might not be a winner for this game, it encourages them to think creatively.
5. I Spy
- Place an assortment of 20+ random objects on a tray.
- Give the players a few minutes to study the objects on the tray.
- Move the tray away from the camera so that no one can see it. Remove 2-3 items and place it back in front of the camera.
- Players try to guess which items have been removed.
6. Passage Dice Game
Supplies Needed: Each player needs a pair of dice.
- Everyone rolls a die. The player to get the highest number goes first.
- The player to roll the lowest score will roll again and the number on the die becomes the “point” number.
- Players take turns rolling both dice (with only one roll per turn). Each time you roll the point number you get a point. If you roll doubles of the point number you get two points.
- The first player to get to 11 wins.
Related: Best Dice Games for Kids
Supplies Needed: Bingo Cards and something to cover the bingo squares (coins, buttons, etc.)
Setup: Only the caller needs to print pages 2-3 of the bingo cards. Cut them into squares and place in a bowl/hat.
Friend 1 prints pages 4-9; 2 prints pages 10-15; 3 prints pages 16-21; 4 prints pages 22-27; 5 prints pages 28-33. (Doing this ensures that the cards aren’t duplicated.)
Playing the Game:
- The caller chooses one card and calls out the letter and number. (I’ve found it’s helpful to hold up the card to the camera so the players can see it.)
- When the card called matches a spot on the players card they place their coin/button over the spot.
- The first player to get five in a row (vertically, horizontally or diagonally wins).
- (Mix things up by doing rounds where the winner has to get 3 in a row, 2 sets of 3 rows, etc.)
8. How Many Can You Name
- On their turn each player is given a category and 20 seconds to name as many items in that category as possible. (For older children make the categories more specific. i.e. U.S. states that begin with the letter M)
- The player to name the most items wins.
- Players get two minutes each and take turns acting out phrases. (Here is a charades word lists with ideas for the kids.)
- The first player to answer 10 correctly wins.
10. Two Truths and a Lie
- Players take turns making three statements. Two are true and one is a lie.
- The first player to correctly guess which statements are a lie wins.
Supplies Needed: Categories cards or paper and pencil to draw a five-by-five grid.
- The title for the first column is letters.
- Players choose categories for the next four columns (i.e. fruits, animals, male names, etc.) (Here’s a categories list with ideas for the kids…look for the word Categories at the bottom of the post.)
- In the letters column let players each choose a letter.
- Set a five minute timer and let players fill in their card with words that fit each category and begin with the matching letter.
- When the time has expired compare answers.
- One point is earned for each player who has a unique answer. (i.e. their answer doesn’t match any other player’s answer)
- The player with the most unique answers wins.
12. Twenty Questions
- One player thinks of a person, place or thing.
- Using yes or no questions the other players have 20 questions to figure out what that thing is.
- The player to guess correctly gets to choose the next person, place or thing.
13. I Went To Market
- The first player starts by saying, “I went to market and bought a _____.” (gallon of milk)
- Player 2 repeats what player one said and adds another item. “I went to market and bought a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread.”
- The next player repeats what players one and two bought and adds a third item.
- Play continues until someone guesses incorrectly on their turn. Players are eliminated until only one winner is left.
14. Word Squares
Supplies Needed: Word Squares cards or paper and pencil to draw a five-by-five grid.
- The first player calls out a letter. Each player must add this letter to any square on their card.
- Play continues with players calling out different letters. The object is to use the letters called out to form words (vertically, horizontally or diagonally).
- Three letter words are one point, four letter words are one point and five letter words are three points.
- See the game in action in this Word Square video.
15. Minute To Win It Games
- Players race against each other and the clock with timed challenges.
Ideas: Minute To Win It games for Kids | Minute To Win It games for Kids and Adults
Did you find any fun games to play with friends online fro this list? These additional resources might be helpful:
- FREE ABCmouse 30 Day Trial – Interactive online learning for children ages 2-8 featuring books, songs, puzzles and art activities.
- FREE Adventure Academy 30 Day Trial – Bring learning to life with this online academy for children ages 8-13. They’ll have a blast learning about language arts, math, science, social studies, and more!
- Money Saving Mom has a huge list of free educational activities for kids.
- Keep your kids moving with 5 minute move videos from The Body Coach
It’s Your Turn To Share:
What are your ideas of fun games to play with friends online?
We did an online scavenger hunt, it was super fun and brought us all together because so many of us live in different states.
Here are the rules I made up:
1. The Hunt will take place April 10th once the list is out to April 11th ending at 1pm (Central time zone) on the 11th.
2. I will release the list on the event page April 10th at 9am, any photos/videos sent after 1pm on April 11th will not count but will still be appreciated :)
3. The “list” will contain things for you to do or find around your house, take a photo of it and post it on this event page.
4. Create one post for you/your family and post all photos/videos under your main post in the comments section. This will make it easier to keep track of who loaded the most photos.
5. You cannot look up pictures on your phone or computer, all items you use must be in your possession and it would be nice if one person from the family could be in each picture.
6. You will get a point for each picture/video loaded before 1pm (Central time) on the 11th.
7. The winning person/family will get bragging rights and a $20 gift card or a roll of toilet paper, your choice ;)
And here is the “list”
Photo or video of:
(All items must be something that is in your house or yard)
(Some of the items have a type out option, they still count towards your picture count.)
~Something from the 80’s
~Something from the 70’s
~Something that’s 100 years old or older
~You or family member in a goofy hat
~A homemade fort
~You drinking a quarantini (or any fun drink)
~An item that begins with the letter D
~A non-American coin
~Something that is yellow
~An American flag
~You doing something kind for another person or animal in your house.
~You doing a special skill or talent that you have in your bag of coolness
~You pulling an April fool’s joke or you can tell us about any funny pranks you pulled
~You doing something on your to do list that has been on your “to do” list for a long time
~A sunrise or sunset from your house
~You/family doing a crazy dance move
~You/family doing a craft
~You/family playing a game
~Video of you/family telling everyone what you are thankful for or you can type it out in a comment box
~Something clever with TP or TP tubes
~A drawing/painting you or family member made
~You/family making a silly face
~You/family gardening or of just your garden space
~You wearing as many clothes as possible at once
~Something you’ve done or made with your own two hands
~Your best recipe, can be typed out also
~A musical instrument
~Something you got while on a vacation
~A Halloween decoration
~You telling a joke 😎
You can of course change the rules or the items as you like. Enjoy!!
This sounds so fun, Melissa! Thank you so much for sharing!
what did you use for your “event page”?
Scattegories! I played the other day with my students via Zoom. First, I had students get paper and pencil and number it 1-12. The , I took a picture of one of the lists and did a screen share of the list. I set the timer for three minutes and we worked on our lists. When the timer went off, we took turns sharing our answers. It was fun!!!
I’m so happy to hear that you had fun, Jennifer. Scattegories has been one of our favorites too!