1. Rock, Paper, Scissors
For this particular age group, simplicity is key. This game provides a nice—and silly—way to structure their interactions with friends. A quick refresher on the rules, as they apply to Zoom: One person is designated to be the person calling out, “Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!” Then, the two friends who are facing off reveal their choice. Paper beats rock, rock crushes scissors and scissors cut up paper. That’s it. The beauty of this one is that kids can play as long as they want, and you can track the winner of each round via the “chat” feature on the side, then tally up to see who won the most at the end.
2. Freeze Dance
OK, a parent has to be on hand to play DJ, but you’re likely keeping a close eye to supervise this age group anyway, right? This game requires little ones to get out of their seat and dance like crazy to a playlist of their favorite tunes. (Think: “Let it Go” from Frozen or anything by the Wiggles.) When the music stops, everyone playing has to freeze. If any movement is visible on screen, they’re out! (Again, it’s probably best to have an impartial party—like the parent playing DJ—on hand to make the final call.)
3. A Color-Focused Scavenger Hunt
Trust us, a Zoom scavenger hunt will turn out to be one of the most delightful virtual games you decide to play. Here’s how it works: One person (say, a parent on the call) rattles off various color-based items—one at a time—in the house that each kid has to find. So, it’s “something red” or “something purple” and everyone has to present the item on-screen. But here’s the kicker, you set a timer for their search. (Depending on the age of the group playing, the amount of time you give might vary.) For every item retrieved that fits the prompt before the timer runs out, that’s a point! The kid with the most points at the end wins.
4. Show and Tell
Invite your child’s friends to a round of “Show and Tell,” where everyone will have a chance to present their favorite toy, object—or even their pet. Then, help them “prepare” by talking through what they love most about what they’ll be showing their friends. It’s also a good idea to set a time limit, depending on the size of the group, to be sure that everyone gets a chance.