Family Games

Family Games

We are a family that absolutely loves to play games as a way to pass the time.  We play them in the car, round the dinner table or at any other moment where we need to distract bored children! Since being in Lock Down we have found that these games have been really great for playing over video chat with family and so I thought I’d share them.  They’re all super simple and require little to no preparation.

Tenable Junior 

This is one is our current favourites and is based on the television programme Tenable.  If you haven’t seen the programme, it is a very simple concept.  The contestants are given a question to which there are ten answers.  The more of the answers they can name, the more money they win.  The reason we call our version Tenable Junior is because we have made our questions much simpler by choosing questions that have more than ten answers.  However, unlike the TV programme there is more of an expectation to name ten, or as close as possible.  You can pitch the questions according to the abilities of your family.  For example, you could start out with a broad question such as Name ten countries.  Once you get good at naming ten countries you can move up to Name Ten South American countries, Name Ten Countries in the EU, Ten Countries whose currency is called dollar.  The questions can be as varied as you like.  At the bottom of this post, I have made some suggestion for questions you could ask for all of the games.
This game could be played by asking one person at a time a question, or everyone could work together to name the ten things.

The Spoken Alphabet Game

This is a really easy game.  You simply choose a category and then take it in turns to work your way through the alphabet naming something related to that category.
For example, if the category was Harry Potter Characters:
A – Albus Dumbledore
B – Barty Crouch Junior
C – Colin Creavy
You just keep going until you get to Z.  It’s as simple as that!

The Written Alphabet Game

For this game, each person playing will need a piece of paper and a pen.  Down the side of your paper, write the letters of the alphabet.  To make it easier to play, you can put a line after every fifth letter (e, j, o, t, y)
For each group of five letters, you will be given a category and you must write down something that starts with the letters in that group.  The aim of the game is to write down a word that you think no one else will write down.
For example, A-E might be girls’ names, F-J might be boys’ names, K-O might be birds, P-T might be foods, U-Y might be countries.
Z doesn’t have a category.  You just write down any word starting with Z that you think everyone else won’t get.
You can either choose one person to be the caller and they will choose all the categories or each player can choose a category.  Both work equally well.
When you have written down your Z word, you then go back to the start and share your answers.  You score a point for each word you have written down and no one else has thought of.  The winner is the person with the most unique words.


Each person will need a piece of paper and a pen.
At the start of the game, each player should write down on their paper:
– A Boy’s Name
– A Girl’s Name
– Where They Met
– What The Boy Wore
– What The Girl Wore
– What The Boy Said
– What The Girl Said
– Consequence
Unlike the usual version, each player can write all of this on one piece of paper as you can’t pass the papers round via video chat.
Then to read out the story, the youngest player calls out their Boy’s Name, the next youngest calls out their Girl’s Name and you keep going through the players in age order until you have one whole story.
To read out the next story, the second youngest person starts by calling out their Boy’s Name and you work through in the same way as before.
You could also read out in alphabetical order.

The Nonsense Word Game

This is a hilarious story telling game.
For this game, you need to download the story and cards from here: The Nonsense Word Game.  In advance, the narrator needs to shuffles the word cards and deal them out to the number of players.  They then need to text / email them what their words are, ready for the game.
To play the game, the narrator reads the story which has blanks in.  Whenever the narrator reaches a blank the players must take it in turns to call out one of their words.  You could go round from youngest to oldest, alphabetical order or however you like.
You can play this game again and again and it will be different every time which add to the hilarity.  Our youngest family members wait in anticipation to find out where in the story the ‘Stripy Underpants’ will feature.

Ideas for Categories  

  • Countries
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • Food
  • Sports
  • Games
  • Girls’ Names
  • Boys’ Name
  • American States
  • British Counties
  • Capital Cities
  • British Cities
  • Rivers
  • Mountains
  • Books
  • Films
  • Harry Potter
  • Star Wars
  • Inventions
  • Things You Might Find In A …… (Kitchen, Museum, Zoo, etc)
  • Prime Ministers
  • American Presidents
  • Currencies
  • Chemical Elements

I hope I have given you some inspiration for games you can play via Video Chat.
I’d love to hear what you’ve been playing,  Do let me know in the comments.


  1. What lovely ideas! We’ve been playing more games too. It’s a nice way to spend some time together. Although some of us get a little competitive! Hehe. x

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