16 Games You Can Play with Your Little Online
Updated: May 1
There are several games Bigs and Littles can play using there phones or computers. Here are a few ideas to stay engaged while you are apart:
Would you rather: Take turns thinking of would-you-rather questions and answering them. Here's a list of questions.
20 questions: One person chooses a person, character, or object and the other tries to guess who or what it is by asking yes or no questions until he arrives at the answer.
Charades: Use video chat or webcam and choose a movie or anything you like and act it out silently so the other player can guess what you’ve chosen
Battleship & grid games: You’ll need to buy one copy and mail half of the components to your Little, so that each of you has a copy of the board, colored pegs, and ships. Then you’ll be able to play over the phone or on Skype. Alternatively, you can play with nothing but a piece of graph paper and a pencil. Chess, checkers, Connect Four, Quoridor, and Stratego also translate easily to graph paper.
Trivia: Sporcle provides many list-quizzes on the site focus on many topics (countries of Europe,Pokémon, famous logos) and the goal is to list as many items within that category as possible within the given time limit. You can also do this as a pen-and-paper activity if you think of your own topics and use a timer
Storytelling games: It may feel ridiculous to sit down and tell each other stories but you can weave stories together under the guise of playing a game. Games, like card game Once Upon A Time, require you to come up with a story, but gives you boundaries and inspiration in the form of keywords based around a theme. The game is affordable so you can purchase a copy for each of you and play via Skype.
Draw each other: Your artistic skills are irrelevant to how much you will enjoy drawing your Little and vice versa. Take turns posing via webcam and aim to draw a realistic portrait. If you’re not practiced in art you’ll probably end up with something goofy-looking that somewhat resembles your Little and they'll draw a lopsided, squished-looking version of you. Then you can just enjoy making fun of each other. With practice, though, you can get pretty good pretty quickly.
Learn a language: If you’re both sitting at the computer, you might open a language learning program and go through it together, lesson by lesson.
Fitness competition: Fitocracy is a tool for holding fitness competitions where you can track every exercise you complete and get a number of points per exercise. You gain levels each time you earn a certain number of points and complete challenges, so it’s very simple to compete with your Little, though the site has a special challenge feature as well.
Close Up: Take really close up pictures of items you have around you. Try to make sure the object is still distinguishable from just a blob of color. Take turns sending the photos to one another and seeing if either of you can guess what the object really is.
Mystery sound: Record small 5 second snippets of random sounds or songs and send them to one another. See if either of you can guess the source of the sound, or what the sound really is.
Poetry Readings: If you are both artistically inclined, have a mini poetry reading. Share your library of poems and read them to one another.
Impersonations: Would either of you happen to be a comedian? Try some silly impersonations. You might be surprised at how good (or how awful) you both are. Impersonate someone from a movie you’re sure your Little has seen and have them try to guess what movie the character is from, or who the character is without any hints!
Crossword puzzle swap/race: Find the exact same puzzle or two different puzzles that have the same amount of words to be found and see who can complete the puzzle first. Compile photo evidence and text it to one another. Or mail your Little a homemade crossword puzzle with clues and answers based on outings you’ve had as a match and provide the parent with the answers in case help is needed.
Conversation Cubes: When conversation becomes slow, whip out your trusty conversation cubes! These can be homemade. You can make as many as you want. Place random conversation topics on each side, and toss them around to see what your topic for the day is. Try movies, TV shows, previous conversations, music, something random, etc.