If you are looking for no prep Zoom activities or Zoom bingo then look at my previous two posts please. This post just focuses on minimal preparation ideas that will take less than 5 minutes to prepare or just need you to pick up a tiny piece of equipment.
Dice Questions – All you need is a dice and a piece of paper or a PowerPoint slide. Note 6 questions on a theme on the paper/slide and number them 1-6. Throw the dice for each participant and ask them the question – the dice and the unpredictability suddenly makes a question and answer session good fun. Here are a few that we had fun with recently:
Higher/Lower Grab a pack of playing cards and you are sorted. It is best if participants draw a bold arrow on a piece of paper or mini whiteboard but they can just point up or down too. This is basically the higher or lower game – show a card and they decide with their arrow if the next card is higher or lower – the winner is the one who gets the furthest! Really good fun for all ages. When they are out they can switch off their video to prevent confusion but this isn’t essential
Spot the Difference Type ‘spot the difference’ into Google and you can find loads of these. If you have time then create your own by editing a photo. Show this by sharing your screen at the start as they are joining and it is a great discussion point. Use easy ones for younger members and there are some difficult ones out there for the older ones. Here are some I have created or used:
Eye Spy – Find a photo or picture of a room and use it fo a game of Eye Spy. Remember with little ones to use the letter sound not just the letter name. This image is from the Linguascope.com website.
Scattegories – Perfect for the older ones – pick a topic and a letter and give them one minute to write 5 things (and only 5), eg. Green items smaller than my hand. At the end of the 1 minute they are given a point for each item BUT ONLY IF NO ONE ELSE HAS WRITTEN DOWN THAT ITEM.
Kim’s Game – Prepare a tray with 20 or so small objects. Using Zoom instead of sharing your screen, share content from a phone or iPad and put your camera ON on your device. Allow them to study the items for 1 minute and then remove and item – can they remember which item it is? Use more items with an older group.
A-Z – Pick a topic and starting on A and working all of the way to Z come up with words linked to your theme for each letter – this only requires thought as to whether the topic is suitable not really any preparation.
Name, Place, Animal, Thing – Again no real preparation, although I share this slide… Choose a letter and they all come up with an answer to each starting with that letter. Ask who has got all 4 and then ask one or two of these people to share their answers. An adjudicator can decide if it is ‘allowed’ or not!
Silly sentences – the younger ones love being silly so make cup a sentence and have a missing word – then listen to their silly versions of your sentence! Here are some: