Educational games

Games to play remotely with your loved ones

Here are some game ideas to have fun on video calls with your loved ones. Video calls are a great way to stay in touch with your loved ones when they’re far away or you can’t get together. Since toddlers are not always talkative during video calls, playing games can help keep them interested and stimulate their interactions. Here are some ideas for games that work well in video calling with children.

Imitate me!

The child makes a series of gestures or expressions (emotions, grimaces, etc.) that the player on the other side of the screen must imitate at the same time. You can do this in a limited time so that each player can become, in turn, the conductor of the orchestra. Depending on the imagination or madness of the participants, this game can quickly become very funny! (Around 18 months)

Virtual kissing

This game full of tenderness exercises your child’s memory. You can play it at the end of a conversation, for example before your child says goodbye to a loved one. A player starts by saying, “I’m going to kiss you on the nose. “The player on the other side of the screen repeats the sentence and adds another place by pointing at it. For example, “Kiss your nose and your hair! “Keep doing this until a player makes a mistake. The last player in the game wins a virtual hug! (Around age 3)

Three words and a fabulous story

This little language game allows you and your child to make up funny stories. The goal is to tell a story using three words imposed by another player. They can be the names of objects, foods, family members, actions, or sounds. For example potato, dog, and splash! If your child is too small or too shy to make a simple sentence or tell a story, he or she can simply choose the words until he or she feels comfortable trying. Otherwise, it’s up to the next player to make up a story with three new words and so on. (3 years and older)

What’s that noise?

Your child should close their eyes and try to recognize the sound that the person on the other side of the screen is making: sneezing, eating chips, tearing a piece of paper, clapping their hands, laughing, snorting, blowing their nose, etc. Players can also record familiar voices in advance for more variety or search for sounds on the web. (Around 4 years old)

The game of mimes

Players take turns trying to guess what the player on the other side of the screen is miming. Toddlers often find it easier with mimes that feature animals or actions (running, sleeping, jumping, etc.). Since some players may have trouble staying in the camera frame, this can lead to some fun moments! (4 years and older)

The race for words

Children love this game of language and speed. Players or teams have to find, in less than a minute, six words related to an imposed theme. For example, if the theme is the beach, you can say sand, ball, sea, fish, boat, shell. Decrease or increase the number of words or the time allotted depending on the skill of the players. Here are some examples of themes to use: zoo, bedroom, kitchen, garden, toys, etc. (5 years and older)

The animal alphabet

Players take turns trying to find the name of an animal that starts with the letter A (Bee), then B (Whale), and so on, up to Z (Zebra). You can also play with the names of objects, first names, or food. Don’t hesitate to give your toddler clues if he has trouble finding them. (5 years and older)

Who am I?

This popular car game works equally well on video. The goal is to guess what the player is thinking about on the other side of the screen. It can be an animal, a person, a food, or an object. In turn, each player asks a question that can only be answered with a yes or no. The question is then answered by a simple yes or no answer. For example, “Is it a fruit? “For example, “Is it yellow? “etc. As soon as the word is found, it’s the next player’s turn to think of a new word. (6 years and older)

Other ideas for activities to entertain your children during your video calls:

  • Have face contests;
  • dance as a family;
  • play music;
  • read stories;
  • tell an anecdote related to a family photo;
  • play “neither yes nor no”: a player asks questions. The first one to answer “yes” or “no” loses.