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Since we are in quarantine, most of us are probably having our meetings with our youth groups online. Conventionally, we hold games and entertaining activities for our youth congregations in person. But during this pandemic, we can still use our creativity to make this happen.

Autumn Braswell raised an interesting question on our Facebook group about this, and members were pleased to contribute to the topic:

“Looking for suggestions for youth games that can be done on IG Live! We have already played bingo and need more options.”

Our group members were helpful as always, offering advice for users of Instagram and other platforms.

Here are the comments: 

“We have done a scavenger hunt. We post a list of 8 items on live. The first person to comment ‘done,’ we patch them through to go live with us. They show us all their items. If they get them all, they win. We are also doing ’40 Second Frenzy’ (a spin-off of minute to win it). So we are taking minute-to-win-it games like moving a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without touching it. To compete, a player goes live with us, and they have 40 seconds to complete the game. Both have been very fun! We also are asking ‘would you rather’ questions and having people go live with us to answer them. It’s hysterical!” Katie Thompson 

“Our youth director just had a live trivia night. The winner got a free pizza delivery!” Kathy Obrecht Shelly 

“We were using Zoom meetings and played Pictionary with the whiteboard option and an online random clue generator. We may try charades this week.” Robb McCoy 

Codenames.plus is awesome and free . Also, check out the ‘Drawful 2’ and ‘Emoji Charades’ apps.” Brandon Hadley

“I have played a few of the Jack Box party pack games. You have to be careful because some of them are not family-friendly, but quiplash (with a family filter on) is good, as well as Tee K. O. and Mad Verse City. I set it up, shared the screen, and played it through Google Hangouts (but I think you can share the screen in Zoom as well). Reagan Olejarczyk 

Conclusion:

Instagram’s Live feature is an excellent feature for us to facilitate online games for our church members. But we do not have to limit ourselves to one option; there are other online platforms available like Zoom and Google Hangouts to help us with our group activities. Try out some of the suggestions above and keep your youth group engaged during the remainder of quarantine!

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