A list of our best zoom youth group games

We put together a list of the best youth group games you can do on Zoom (or whatever platform you use).

I went in our Facebook group to find the best ideas shared by youth ministry leaders.

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So, here goes:

1. 15 ZOOM GAMES BY CIY

Go here to download the 15 free games published by Christy in Youth CIY.

And if you’ve never heard of CIY, lean more about them here.

I’ve been a big fan of them years 🙂

2. HOME SCAVENGER HUNT

As you probably already know, Home Scavenger Hunts are really popular right now.

There are many variations of how to do it. Here are two:

Option #1

  • Give students a list of items around the house to get, and assign each item a certain number points.
  • Students have 15 minutes to grab those items.
  • Whoever has the most points wins.

You can come up with your own list of items, or use this one below:

A big shout out to Megan Johnson, who shared that list with our Facebook group community!

Option #2

  • Same basic idea as option #1, with a slight difference.
  • You name one item at a time, allow students 1 minute (or whatever time you want) to find that item in their house, and return to their computer with it.
  • First player to do so, gets a point.
  • Student with the most points at the end wins.

3. PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT

Combine as many items as possible into 1 picture and text it to the leader.

First to respond with the most points wins!

Feel free to modify the items on the list:

4. KAHOOT

Go here to learn more about Kahoot.

You basically use it to create a trivia game with students. You come up with the questions.

Here’s the basic idea:

  • Come up with a list of trivia questions. You can even use questions (or complete Kahoot’s) submitted by other users on their website (or app).
  • Host a live game with questions you post on Zoom or share a game with remote players.
  • Game on! Everyone joins the Kahoot with a PIN provided by the host and answer questions on your device.

There is a free version, which will do for most of you. And of course, you can upgrade to a paid account for more features.

Go here to get all the details about Kahoot.

5. 8 More Zoom Youth Group Games

GO HERE to check out 8 more really great Zoom games, such as: Box of Lies, Mafia, True Facts, Rock Paper Scissors, Partners in Pen, Reverse Charades, and more.

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Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth

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43 thoughts on “ZOOM YOUTH GROUP GAMES

  • March 31, 2020 at 11:59 am
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    Thank you so much for this! As technology is not really my strong suit, I really appreciate how much you have given to help us as kids/preteen ministers stay connected with our kids during this shelter in place time!
    God bless you,
    Tina

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  • March 31, 2020 at 3:05 pm
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    Jackbox party pack games can be a lot of fun. Most have a family mode option. Games I would recommend:
    Drawful 2 (free on steam right now)
    Quiplash 1, 2, or Xl
    Fibbage 1, 2, or 3
    Others, depending on your groups interests or sensibilities
    Play the games ahead of time or watch gameplay on YouTube to see if it is a good fit for your group

    You can host the game and share screen through zoom. There probably will be a reduction in frame rate or delay.

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  • March 31, 2020 at 9:14 pm
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    We played “Who Am I?…Quarantine Edition” last week. I texted my students the following questions, they sent their answers back to me privately, and then I read them during our Zoom meeting and they tried to guess who was who:
    1. What time did you get out of bed this morning?
    2. When was the last time you brushed/combed your hair?
    3. What’s your favorite late night snack?
    4. What’s the last thing you watched/streamed on TV?
    5. How many times have you washed your hands today?
    6. Would you rather go without toilet paper or cell/wifi service in a pandemic?

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    • April 1, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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      Thanks for this posting and thanks, Todd, for sharing your “Who Am I?” version. I’m looking forward to checking in with my kids this week!

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  • April 1, 2020 at 7:43 am
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    Absolutely love the scavenger hunt idea! Was trying to think of activities to do virtually and this helps alot❤️

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  • April 1, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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    Last week we did a Zoom Bible scavenger hunt. I gave the students the book, chapter and verse. They had to find it, read it and then find the item mentioned in the verse. It was fun!

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    • April 19, 2020 at 7:18 pm
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      When you say item mentioned Robbyn, what did you mean?

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      • April 21, 2020 at 7:47 am
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        Jen, can you please clarify what you mean?

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      • July 2, 2020 at 11:45 am
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        For example, they have to find Genesis 18:6
        Abraham quickly went to his tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get a large sack of flour and make some bread.”
        So the first one to find flour and bread is the winner.

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        • July 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm
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          Hello, can you share some of the scriptures you used please

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        • August 21, 2020 at 4:14 pm
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          This is one of the greatest games I’ve heard of! Thank you for sharing!

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      • October 25, 2020 at 8:46 am
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        Thank you, thank you for sharing these fantastic virtual games. The first time we held a zoom youth encounter we had about five young people. This Friday, we had fifteen. The hit was the Bible Scavenger Hunt.

        I pray that God will continue to bless all of us who have committed to helping young people stay connected to His Word!!

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      • November 22, 2020 at 9:40 am
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        ‘like oil to my feet…’ then you go find the oil
        ‘Cast your bread upon the waters’ go find water or bread

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    • April 20, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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      Hi, I am reading your idea of the game . I am in love with it. Can we become friends on FB?

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    • April 25, 2020 at 10:52 am
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      That sounds like fun! Can you share your verses with me? Id love to do that one with my youth group.

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    • April 25, 2020 at 10:53 am
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      That sounds like fun. Can you share your verses with me?

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    • April 26, 2020 at 4:58 am
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      Would you share the Bible verses you used?

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    • June 22, 2020 at 9:53 am
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      Would you share your list of scripture? I love this idea!

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    • June 23, 2020 at 9:51 am
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      Thank you for this idea! I have some scripture passages that work well for this! Did you use groups or individual? Did you have them find the scripture on their own, then determine the item they would find? Did you go one scripture at a time or post the whole list and see who could get through it the fastest…? I’m trying to figure out the best way to do this one on Zoom. The time I played it before was for a teen retreat on Zoom and we did it in small groups – the group to finish first won. But my personal youth group is much smaller, I think individuals will work best but not sure if I should go one item at a time or see who can finish the list first… LOL a lot of questions sorry!

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    • June 24, 2020 at 2:25 pm
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      Ohhhh I wish you could post that one!

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    • July 1, 2020 at 9:57 am
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      Hi
      Could you send me the Bible verses you used?
      Thank you

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    • July 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm
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      Can you please share? This is a great idea!

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    • October 11, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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      Robbyn, would you be willing to share the verses you used for this game. It sounds amazing!!! Thank you!!! (aimie.walker@elliott.kyschools.us)

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    • November 1, 2020 at 10:39 pm
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      Can I get a copy of your versus

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      • November 2, 2020 at 9:23 pm
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        Hi Jennifer.
        The PDF for these games includes all of the verses that are referenced. 🙂

        – Kate Forkel, Ministry to Youth

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        • November 14, 2020 at 7:55 am
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          Hi Kate,

          I can’t seem to find the pdf with the Bible verses. Any suggestions? Thank you!

          Liz

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          • November 18, 2020 at 11:05 am
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            Hi Liz.

            Near the top of the post, there is a “DOWNLOAD PDF OF ZOOM GAMES” Button. It will ask for your email address and then send it to you. 🙂

            – Kate Forkel, Ministry to Youth

  • April 2, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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    We tried a version of Family Feud over Zoom last night and it worked pretty well!

    We played guys vs girls and had two team captains and a judge (we used leaders for these roles). Before the game, we made sure kids were familiar with the chat function and the Raise Hand function, and explained the rules. 

    Any student who wants to represent the team in a 1 vs 1 faceoff against the other team, send a private message to your team leader letting them know. Or leaders can just pick kids to do this. 

    For the 1 vs 1, as they are listening to the question, the first one to click the Raise Hand gets to answer first. Then the other gets to answer. Whoever correctly chooses the answer with higher point value wins the opportunity for their team to answer the rest of the question. Example question (more below): “In a survey of 100 people with the top 6 answers on the board, Tell me something many people do just once a week.”

    At that point the students team can private message their team leader with other possible answers. The leader can pick most popular responses or first responses to say one at a time. With each response, if it’s in the list “‘Cleaning the house’ is the number 4 answer for 6 points!” or “(some kind of noise for wrong answer) No, I’m sorry that’s not on the list. That’s one strike.” 

    The team that won the faceoff continues to guess through their leader until they have gotten all of them or gotten three wrong answers. If they get three wrong answers, the other team has a chance to steal the points by guessing one of the remaining answers on the board.

    Only leaders will have microphones turned on (and only when needed). Everyone else should have them turned off to avoid a bunch of background/echo. We did 3 rounds, which worked well especially because each team won a round and there was a tie breaker. We did not do any speed rounds at the end.

    There are many sites with lists of questions, but here’s where we got Ours: https://hobbylark.com/party-games/list-of-family-feud-questions

    And here are the three questions we used last night.

    Tell me something many people do just once a week.
    Church  35
    Groceries / Shopping 24
    Laundry  12
    Clean House  6
    Sleep In  6
    Eat Out  4

    Name something you’d hate to find swimming around in your bathtub.
    Rat / Mouse  37
    Snake 22
    Cockroach 21
    Spider 7
    Lizard 3
    Dog  3

    Name a famous wizard.
    Harry Potter  37
    Merlin  26
    Gandalf  11
    Dr. Strange  9
    The Wizard of Oz  8
    Voldemort  3

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  • April 5, 2020 at 5:18 am
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    we played scavenger hunt last week and it was super amazing and my youths loved it…

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  • May 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm
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    This sounds fun! Any chance you can share the verses used? Thank you!

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  • June 3, 2020 at 8:42 am
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    We have done Disney trivia with our youth through zoom, as well as: sing the next part of the song (we made a video clip with songs), what’s different (have one person in the “waiting room” and everyone else changes one thing then the person comes back and has to figure out what changed; finish the quote from famous movies or shows.
    I can send my documents is any one is interested in these activities.

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  • June 8, 2020 at 1:03 pm
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    Thanks for the generosity, leadership and community. I’m disappointed there are only 4 ideas to be honest. Sorry to be negative but signing up for a free download had me feeling there would be more . I’m 6 weeks into weekly Zoom Youth Group so was hoping for something we hadn’t already done or seemed less obvious. I believe feedback is a gift so that’s why I’m sharing in the spirit of building up not knocking down.

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  • August 12, 2020 at 4:39 pm
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    A couple of weeks ago my youth group did the 5 finger prayer. The drew a picture of their hand and put the meaning of the prayer for each finger.

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    • September 8, 2020 at 1:40 pm
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      We did this a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it!!!

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