10 Virtual Team Building Games For Work

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July 08, 2020

When working on a remote team, it is easy to feel isolated from the rest of your coworkers. With a team that is scattered across multiple locations, virtual team building games are essential for creating an engaged community that is happy to work together.

In this article, you will find:

  • virtual games to play with coworkers
  • virtual games for large groups
  • free virtual team building games

And other fun games for virtual team building. The objective of these online games is to strengthen camaraderie among your virtual team, and the games are playable even when employees are working from home.

If this boost to engagement sounds like something your remote team needs, then let’s get into it!

List of virtual team building games

Here are fun games you can play with your remote coworkers!

1. Two Truths and One Lie

Two Truths and One Lie is a game that you might remember from summer camp. This virtual team building game is an easy and fun way to learn new and surprising facts about your team members. Once everyone is online, ask each team member to put forth two true statements and one lie about themselves, and have the rest of the team guess which statement is the lie. The team members who guess correctly each receive one point. If the person contributing the statements fools everyone then the contributor gets the point. The team member with the most points at the end of the game wins!

2. My Superhero Backstory

For teams with great reserves of imagination and a sense of humor, My Superhero Backstory is a stellar choice to bring people together. First, assign a coworker as a subject to each team member. You can draw names out of a hat or use an online name picker. Once all participants have a subject, have your team members concoct a superhero backstory for how their subject came to work for your company. The stories don’t need to be true. However, team members should draw on facts they may know about their subject to make the story seem more plausible.

At the end of the time limit, team members vote for the most humorous, inventive backstory. As a huge superhero fan, I love this online virtual team building game because it presents an opportunity for the team to form inside jokes and poke fun at each other in an innocuous way.

3. Forensic Sketch Artist

Inspired by my mother’s sketching skills and her love of true crime documentaries, Forensic Sketch Artist is an amusing way for your team to compete while working together. Here is how to play:

  1. Split your coworkers up into teams.
  2. Tell participants there was a series of robberies the night before. Luckily, each team has a witness who saw the robber’s face before narrowly escaping the scene.
  3. Using a random face generator, conjure up a face.
  4. Show only one person per team the face of the “robber”. You can refresh the page every time you need a new face for any additional rounds.
  5. Have the person who viewed the face describe the face’s appearance as detailed as possible. Meanwhile, another team member does their best to sketch the face based on the description.
  6. After ten minutes, collect the portraits.

The portrait closest to the original face wins!

4. ABC Hunt

I first played ABC Hunt in an online acting class. To play, the host chooses three random letters of the alphabet. The rest of the team races to bring one item beginning with each letter for the host to verify. The items should come from the team members’ surroundings. The fastest team member to assemble all three items wins one point. The team member with the most points at the end of the game wins. ABC Hunt is a fun way to get your team members out of their seats and involved with their environment while fostering a healthy sense of competition.

5. Work Limericks

When I was an English major in college, a professor once asked me to write limericks for class. Limericks are not only easy to create, but are also one of the most playful forms of poetry. Prior to starting this game, your team should be familiar with these guidelines on how to write a limerick. If limericks seem a bit out of your depth then feel free to substitute limericks for haikus.

Afterwards, give your team a few hours to submit limericks based on their work duties. Collect the limericks and ask your team to vote on which limerick they like the most. Team members are barred from voting for their own submission. The most popular poem wins! This virtual team building game idea is notable because it activates your team’s creative writing skills.

6. Ambassadors

Geography Now fans, this game is for you! Ambassadors is a group virtual game where each team member acts as a country’s ambassador. Assign countries to team members using a random country generator. During each round, a team member must describe their country without saying the country’s name. The other team members guess which country the person is describing to earn points. At the end of the game, the team member with the most correct guesses wins! This virtual game for remote teams is handy because it helps familiarize your team with different countries around the globe, including countries that your remote employees live in.

7. Catch the Bugs

If you work with a strong engineering team then Catch the Bugs is a solid choice for a virtual team building game to boost productivity. Using JIRA, or another project tracking software, locate the bugs flagged by QA engineers. Ask your engineers to log the number of bugs they’ve fixed at the end of each day. The winner of Catch the Bugs is the engineer who has the highest number of fixed bugs by the end of the week.

8. Guess the Film Buff

Similar to Guess the Refrigerator, have each team member take a picture of their DVD or film collection and send the photo to you. If a team member does not have a physical film collection, an alternative is to have your team members send a screenshot of their “My List” in Netflix.

Once all participants submit a picture, display the pictures one at a time and ask your team to guess who submitted each one. The team member who correctly guesses the most film collection owners wins! This virtual team building idea is fun because team members can not only learn more about each others’ film tastes, but they will also get new recommendations on what to watch in their downtime.

9. My Next Meal

When working from home, one of the last things you want to think about is meal prep. However, what if you had your team’s help?

  1. Each week, have a different member of your team submit a picture of the inside of their refrigerator.
  2. After showing your team the photo, ask the other team members to create recipes for a dish that can be made out of the ingredients in the refrigerator.
  3. Then, have your team vote on which recipe sounds the tastiest. If the original team members makes that recipe then they get double points.

The recipe with the most votes wins! Through this virtual game with coworkers, you will quickly compile a collection of new, delectable recipes to try.

10. Alphabet Chain

If your team is made of master wordsmiths then Alphabet Chain may be the best virtual team building game for you. To start off, name a topic, such as animals or fruit, for the round. Then, suggest a word that starts with the letter “a” that also belongs to the named topic, and nominate a team member. The nominated team member needs to propose a new word that fits with the topic and also begins with the last letter of the word you suggested, and tag another team member. Any team member who can’t think of a word and breaks the chain must withdraw from the group for the remainder of the round. The last team member still playing wins.

More virtual team building game ideas

While too much competition can cause dissension, a little competition can be a way for your team to know more about each other. Playing these virtual team building games allows your team to organically grow closer and go to work happier.

Need more virtual opportunities to better acquaint your crew? Consider these online team building games and virtual team building activities.

Maintaining a good balance between work and play is crucial for team morale. Breaking up the day with a fun virtual game is just what your remote team needs to stay productive.

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Author: Jessica Chen

Team building content expert. Jessica has a double major in English and Asian Studies, and experience working with teams across cultures; including 3+ years in Taiwan.

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  1. Rachel Fowler
    May 11, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Person Songs!

    Everyone creates a playlist of music with each song either describing or being a symbol of someone on the team. Then come together as a group to share the music and try to guess which song correlates to each person.

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    • Michelle D Keene
      May 17, 2020 at 4:56 am

      Telephone – I used to play this game all the time as kid. It’s silly, and will improve communication skills. You start with a random phrase, I.E. “Billy Joe made sourdough bread on Sunday, he used whole lemons! Can you believe that?” And you have to whisper the phrase in your neighbor’s ear. Once they receive the message, they have to whisper it in their neighbors ear. One by one, everyone will hear the message. With each person passing it on, the phrase has a chance to be misinterpreted. The last person to receive the message will say what they heard out loud, then the person who started it will then say what the actual phrase is.

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  2. Erica Thims
    May 11, 2020 at 3:01 am

    Sweet Treats – The kitchen is a happy place for many, and if nothing else can be a good laugh when we have to help those less skilled.

    Creating something with your team is a great way to come together, and since we are all apart we can enjoy the same snack after the treats are done.

    Packages with ingredients will be provided to each team member. It will be something simple yet fun.

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  3. JD Cardenas
    May 11, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Dundee Awards
    Each week have a different member of the team praise another member and make him/her a Dundee award representing something special about the team member. Encourage team members to be creative in their praises and trophy making for one another.

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  4. Aaron Brant
    May 11, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Remember Me?
    If you need your team introduced to each other, or you just want a fun way to connect your team, this exercise is for you. You’ll have a virtual zoom/webex meeting where you’ll have team breakouts into groups of two. The objective is to learn as much about the other person as you can within 5 minutes. You will talk to your partner non stop for the whole 5 minutes, telling them about yourself. The other person is not permitted to ask any questions nor take any notes (honor system). After the 5 minutes is up, you switch and repeat. Once 10 minutes has passed you all get back together and take turns telling the group as much as you remember about your partner, with the other person affirming if they remembered it right. Each thing they remember that is correct is a point, the team with the most points wins! This is a simple yet fun way for your team to connect with their peers on a personal level, and have them all learn a little more about each other.

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  5. Megan
    May 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Virtual Scavenger Hunt – Have team members search for objects that are either a ‘rainbow color theme’ or start with a certain letter ‘alphabet hunt’. The person with the funniest item wins!

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  6. [email protected]
    May 11, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Picture perfect add the team take a picture of something that means a lot to them. Then each team member will post that picture and have an opportunity to discuss wide support for that period it’s a great way of getting to know everybody.

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  7. Courtney Thyrion
    May 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Two truths one lie- this is not only a great way to have fun and you’ll also learn more about each other to know each other better. It’s a fun and interesting game to play that I would recommend playing to anyone even just for fun! It’ll help you get to know everyone better as well!

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  8. Jordyn Cohen
    May 11, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Guess that voice!

    Each person records a snippet of them talking and then they play at random and each team member will guess which voice matches up to each person.

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  9. Alexandrea P
    May 11, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Guess the Sketch – One team member will draw anything they want and then provide describing details as to what or who it is. The person who guesses the most right wins, but the twist is that the winner must praise one coworker on one thing they’ve noticed or appreciated them for either during the game or relating to work. This does two things with the first obviously being that this activity allows them to be creative and provides a break from typing/working as well as providing an opportunity to praise our colleagues creating a better sense of reorganization and appreciation.

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  10. Jenn
    May 11, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    A great team building game would be “I’m going on a vacation”. In this game The first person starts by saying “I’m going on a vacation and the first thing I’m packing is an apple”. The second person goes on to say “I am going on a vacation and I am going to pack an apple and a bathing suit.” And then the third person add something with the next letter of the alphabet and so on. It’s a great memory exercise and also makes for some really funny moments once you get further into the alphabet and the list gets longer and longer!

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  11. Mandy
    May 11, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Lip Sync Battle! Pick a song to lip sync to, props and costumes are encouraged. Everyone give a score for song choice, costume, and performance. The top scoring participants win fun prizes.

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  12. Nicholas
    May 12, 2020 at 3:12 am

    Sure, Alphabet Chain exists, but what about Alphabet Race?! This is a good one to get the brains working fast! Pick a random letter, and using singular nouns, and present tense verbs only, write down as many words as you can that start with that letter. For example, if the group picks A, everyone writes “A-words” for a specified amount of time ( a minute or so).
    This game is also super fun because it’s so customizable, you’ll never get bored using the alphabet!

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  13. Sarah
    May 12, 2020 at 4:47 am

    “If you were to write a book today, what would the title be?” Have everyone try to come up with a new title every day and write everyone’s answers down for a week. At the end, vote for the most funny title, best mystery book title, best romance title, etc. and give awards!

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  14. Delshe
    May 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    A great team building activity could be creating a virtual art show where team members paint or draw a copy of a chosen image. Team members could be chosen as “judges” and rank the artwork 1st, 2nd or third where prizes etc are won! In this virtual art show you can make it fun by doing a theme based on a decade and come dressed to impress! Judges could make props at home such as hats, mustache, backgrounds, a picket number sign to show score etc!

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  15. Maddie
    May 12, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Week Night Cook-Off!
    At the beginning of the week post a fun themed recipe with ingredients list (i.e. superhero cupcakes). Each member has the week to try to make the most creative treat. On Friday everyone must submit a picture of their work to be voted on. The winner gets a prize!

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  16. John
    May 12, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Some sort of variation of the alphabet game, where one person say a name/planet/word and the next person has to say another that starts with the last letter of the first word. or, maybe a improv style skit maker where everyone takes turn adding random pieces to create a skit/story/show/etc.

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  17. Kate Cameron
    May 12, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Ultimate Cook/Bake Off – Have team members split into small groups and choose a recipe that will really impress everyone else in the workplace. This can feature different themes or genres of food that would take place in a kitchen somewhere. You can set a time limit to bake and serve (emulating iron chef america). This builds team trust and communication. At the end of the race everyone gets to try each others creations and vote for the winner. Prizes can also be given out!

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  18. Kate Cameron
    May 12, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Virtual Bake off – Everyone is sent a recipe to create a one of a kind masterpiece that can be done in their own kitchen! This is similar to a “Cake Boss” format where there is a theme and common goal. Each team member would create their own cake or creation and present via zoom call. All team members can vote on who created the best creation! Prizes can be given out for fun accolades as well.

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  19. Casey
    May 12, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Draw something and let others guess.
    The first guy that gets the answer right can be the next guy that does the drawing.

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  20. Erika Allen
    May 13, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Spirit Week! As a team building exercise within a training you assign a spirit week theme to the call. Each person dresses up to reflect the theme and turns on video. Another variation is you call out a color and each person has 10 minutes to grab whatever they have at home that they can wear in that color group.

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  21. Jessica L Cartner
    May 13, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Themes of the Alphabet
    Someone chooses a theme of any kind, such as animals, places, foods, movies, etc…. The one who chose the theme starts at the letter A, they chose an animal that starts with the letter A, then next person chooses an animal that starts with the letter B. And so on, until someone can not think of an animal for their letter. Each player gets 20 seconds of time to say their animal. Those who cannot think of the animal for the letter they fell on is OUT. The last one standing wins. Bonus round: In case their are multiple players who succeeded through the alphabet, the remaining players then choose a bonus round theme. In this round, the first player who can get the most answers to the theme going through the alphabet wins. For instance, animals is bonus round then each player must come up with animals starting from A and ending to Z. Of course Animals can not be played in the bonus round if that was the theme in the beginning. So new theme and come up with as many answers. Whoever has the answers further down the alphabet wins.

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  22. Dayan Reyes
    May 13, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    What is that?
    Before the call find an object around you that you enjoy or that is very difficult to recognize.
    Try to guess what the item your coworker is holding while your coworker vaguely describes it and is tapping it. What does the item feel like? Does it have a smell or taste?
    Everyone is allowed limited guesses based on class size. If nobody guesses your item you receive 2 points and if you guess your coworker’s item you receive 1 point. The person with the most points wins. This game helps everyone communicate more by asking questions and describing an interesting object.

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  23. dallys
    May 13, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    a fun team building game would be to guess the gibberish.
    you would create a random sentence that when said together would sound and reveal a random word.
    ex. i plus side her vin tigger
    word = apple cider vinegar.
    people would take turns saying the gibberish and the team would have to guess the word that is actually behind the riddle.

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  24. kaitlin magno
    May 14, 2020 at 1:31 am

    How good are you at following directions?

    One person from the team would draw a piece of paper with an person, place, or thing on it. They would have to describe how to draw it without saying key words.

    That person would have to give directions to all people on the team on their designated turn to add to the drawing. This demonstrates communication and instructional skill.

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  25. Amy
    May 14, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Similar to “What do you meme?”

    Have team members take a screen shot of themselves during a zoom meeting with a chosen facial expression and send it in. Post the photos and allow them to choose from pre-made descriptions for each photo. Let them discuss and then vote on their favorite combinations.

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  26. esi
    May 15, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Jumble Mumble

    For this game, there has to be one or two moderators. They will come up with a bunch of words, assign these words to each participant, and send it to them privately. The purpose of the game is for the participant to jumble up the word, type it or say it, and hope that at least one person can decipher what word it is. For every revealed word, the jumbler gets 3 points. If no one is able to decipher the word, 2 points will be deducted. The person with the highest score wins.

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  27. Janyice
    May 15, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Kind Words –

    Each person will say one set of kind words about the next person based on their daily interaction with them. Giving them the ability to say things they may not have otherwise been able to say to them. It gives the team the ability to really have a moment of reflection and kindness that may have otherwise been missing/lacking from the other persons day.

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  28. Jeff
    May 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    One Word
    At the beginning of the meeting ask everyone to pick one word to describe themselves. After they pick, they are referred to by that word throughout the meeting. It’s a silly way to start a meeting and helps everyone get to know each other a little better.

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  29. Marie
    May 15, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Travel Bug!
    Who is not intrigued by travel? Studies have shown just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it!

    Have each team member pick a place they have traveled or would like to travel to, domestic or abroad. The team mate begins to describe his perfect day in that travel spot (what he might eat, what he might see, weather, etc) and first person to guess wins. Guesses might be via chat.

    This will give team mates perspective of what kind of things appeal to their team mates. Music, food, culture, city, nature, etc. And they can covey their real life personality through their travel choices & descriptions.

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  30. Lev Silberstein
    May 15, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Desert Island is a classic! In this version people are broken up into teams with a preset list of items/tools and deliberate until they choose only three to bring with them. They will then share with the other teams which items they chose and why. This game gives insight to their coworkers of how they think and tackle problems.

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  31. Mia Saarelainen
    May 16, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Team lip sync battles- list of songs will be provided as well as various props and costumes. Workers will split into small groups and perform in front of a small audience. The winning team will be decided based on a noise barometer from the crowd cheering. Workers will be out of their comfort zone together, so they will not only bond through that, but through the process of planning and executing the lip sync. Winning team will be awarded a prize!

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  32. Eric
    May 17, 2020 at 5:16 am

    The aliens have landed
    This game can be useful for teams with language and cultural differences. Tell the group to imagine aliens have landed on Earth and want to learn about your company. But since they don’t speak English or understand what you do, it needs to be explained with five symbols or pictures.

    Ask each participant to draw five simple images that best describe and communicate your company’s products and culture to a shared document/folder. Take a few minutes and look at all the images and talk through common themes.

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  33. Mark Hansen
    May 17, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Co-worker madlibs! Great game to play with your team. Have everyone submit a crazy story involving people you work with, office jokes, or the normal day to day processing. After that take out some main nouns, verbs, etc, you know the drill. Then exchange with other co-workers and enjoy. Can do different themes around birthdays, the holidays, etc. 🙂

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  34. Miranda Nild
    May 18, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Two Truths and One Lie– a perfect way for teams to connect with each other. The personal quiz helps each player get to know their teammates better. The best part of the activity is that even though there is one winner and one loser, everyone will have gotten to know some real facts about one another!

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  35. Justin S.
    May 18, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Ice Breaker!
    Fill up beach ball with air and write questions on each section i.e. where you are from, what you used to do for work, first car etc. etc. make everybody sit in a circle and bounce it to anybody and if they already went they bounce to somebody else until everybody answers!
    Fun, fast, and easy!

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  36. Miles
    May 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

    What comes to your mind?

    This is a game where you same a word, place, or thing and the next person says what comes to their mind relating that word. Kangaroo-Australia-great barrier reef- shark- chomping… etc What can start as just someone saying one thing and break away and have some very hilarious results! It’s a great way to get peoples minds working and break the tension of a meeting!

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  37. Andrew
    May 18, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Wear your favorite T-Shirt

    Everyone wears their favorite t-shirt for this team-building exercise. All the members go around and tell what their t-shirt is, where they got it and why it is their favorite t-shirt. Included in this time is connecting how this particular t-shirt best expresses your individuality, personality, your true identity 😉 and the type of person you are!

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  38. Aaron
    May 18, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Da Vinci Code
    this is a game that not only inspires thought, it takes a team to crack the riddle. sharp minds are drawn to a challenge, the tougher the better. This can be done either by teams or individuals. The works by sending out criptic riddles, codes, logic, moral, or impratical thinking problems. The idea is to get your team members talking to each other, sharing ideas, reseaching hints, This is a game you can play with your friends family coworkers, give deadlines and rewards yet,

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  39. noah shull
    May 18, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Who’s

    So the game is called Who’s. So there is no winner or loser in this game. The objective is to ask “Who’s” favorite food is chicken – “Who’s” into movies more than TV – and so on and so on and if you do relate to the other persons “Who’s” you raise your hand. You continue asking different “Who’s” (around the circle or from person to person) typically until there is a sense of commonality in the group and people feel comfortable with one another. The game will typically end on its own as peoples “Who’s” began to repeat and people at that point want to talk to each other about the commonalities they have noticed between each other because of their “Who’s”.

    I hope you enjoy this concept as it was fun to come up with!

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  40. Brian H
    May 18, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Virtual Spelling Bee

    Team members take turns attempting to spell words obtained from a random word generator. Each correctly spelled word results in one points for the team member. The first person to get five points wins!

    Virtual Spelling Bee is a fun way to test your teams spelling knowledge in a fun and judgement-free environment

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  41. Tyler
    May 18, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Solving Problems
    Team leader writes down multiple unanswered problems(whether it be an actual problem in the workplace or imaginary) on the back of multiple pieces of paper. Have the teams map out solutions to these problems, the best solution wins!

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  42. Jamie
    May 18, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    A great virtual game for team building is playing mad libs. This is an easy game to play virtually and will sure to have everyone laughing by the end. One person write out a story with blanks for their co workers to fill in by using nouns,verbs,adjectives, etc. Team members will have fun coming up with words to fill in the blanks and build as a team!

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  43. Jen
    May 18, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    What’s in your office….
    Have each person pick an item from their office. Draw names from a hat and assign each person a co-worker’s name. Each person must then use the object presented by the co-worker drawn and create a logo, marketing plan, slogan and whatever other product details thought of to promote the product. Each person must then give a 5-minute presentation on their new product and sell it to the rest of the group.
    After each presentation have the group discuss the most successful presentations and the least successful presentations and why.

    Silent Build
    Break virtual team into groups of four. Three are selected as the teachers and one person is selected as the builder. The teachers then have 5 minutes to give the builder non-verbal steps and instructions on how to build the object from a piece of paper and tape. At the end of 5 minutes each team shows their final object and one is chosen as the winner.
    The exercise forces teams to work together and really pay attention to non-verbal cues.

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  44. Mark
    May 18, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Music Memories

    Do you remember a specific time in your life when you hear a song from your past? This game has one team member picking a song from a selection of different genres and then asks other team members to share a memory that comes to mind! A fun way to learn about each team member while sharing your own experience. The past can be a blast!

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  45. Donald Ratliff
    May 18, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Company commercials. Each team shoots a thirty second commercial for the company. Every team member gets a role or works as director. Must include one team building activity in some way. Winners commercial featured on the company website!

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  46. Ashley Patrick
    May 18, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Virtual People BINGO!

    It’s easy, fun and a great way to get to know your friends and/or co-workers!

    You can easily make the BINGO cards online ahead of time and there are BINGO card generators online.

    The object of the game is to individually call your friends or co-workers via video call and chat for approx 1 minute out who admits to a characteristic on the card. You cannot use the same person for multiple characteristics and you must call everyone on the team. The first person to complete a row across, down or diagonally and calls B-I-N-G-O in the group chat wins!

    Some examples of characteristics for each square include:
    -Rides a motorcycle
    -Plays the guitar
    -Speaks another language
    -Is a vegetarian
    -Favourite colour is Yellow
    -Has children
    – Doesn’t drink coffee
    – Has lived abroad
    – Is allergic to shrimp
    -Has lived on a farm

    It would be great to have prizes and maybe even play a few rounds to keep the energy going!

    Have Fun!

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  47. Lesie
    May 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    **Build your Empire**

    Best for small to medium size group as remembering items or things is required.

    Pick a category….such as places, things, animals…

    Each person emails or instant messages their choice from the category chosen. Ex. If animals are the category, I would IM the game administrator my choice of “Monkey”

    Once everyone has submitted their response the administrator will read everyones submissions out loud two times, while keeping who said what anonymous. Only read them twice and do not have players write them down.

    Players then take turns, one guess per turn, trying to guess who chose which item/thing/animal.

    If a player guesses another player correctly then those two player work together (over email or IM) to guess other players…..the more you guess correctly, the bigger your “Empire”. If someone who has built an empire gets guessed correctly than them and their whole empire work with the team that has got it correct.

    The winner is the last person who has not been guessed and has all their coworkers in their Empire.

    This game is great for teamwork, communication and memory.

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  48. Katy Ebner
    May 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Virtual Draw-Off!
    In addition to joining a video chat, everyone needs a piece of paper and something to write/draw with. The host, whose artwork is hidden, will give directions for how to draw what they are drawing (put a small circle in the top right corner, etc.) and participants will follow along trying to draw the same picture. Everyone keeps their artwork hidden! At the end, or when the host is proud of their masterpiece, everyone will hold their picture up to their camera! This can be customized based on who is participating, the hosts’ sense of humor, ages, artistic abilities, etc.!

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  49. Luis Martinez
    May 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Virtual office jeopardy

    You can have topics all related to the company and then include headings such who is this co-worker and include a fact that everyone knows about that particular person. Splitting the company into teams and mixing all the departments together will make things fun and competitive.

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  50. Kent Kozimor
    May 19, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Bring Your Pet to Work

    One of the nice things about working from home is being able to hang out with your pet(s), and what pet owner doesn’t like to show of his or her pet?

    At the beginning of your next virtual meeting, let each participant show off their little darlings – by holding them up to the camera, or displaying a photo – and tell the team a few tidbits of information (adoption stories, how the got their names, favorite foods, toys, etc.).

    Those who don’t have pets can use their imagination and show an image of what their pet would be… and why. For example, they could show a picture of a parrot, because in another life they were a pirate. Or a rabbit because they’re vegetarian. Or a dinosaur because, well you get the idea.

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  51. Kyle Durbin
    May 19, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Scattegories is a great game that my friends and I have found during quarantine. Its easy you can use a game card or each person comes up with a line item and then you pick a random letter!

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  52. Lisa Mody
    May 19, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Mystery Box. Each team member is given another team members name.
    Everyone has a chosen number of days to put together a goody box that represents his or her assigned team member.
    This could include “goodies”, knickknacks, key words or just images. The team could set the rules.
    Each team member would choose a box to open. They must then decide who that box was supposed to go to.
    A great way get to know each other and to see how your team members “see” you.

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  53. Justin Hancock
    May 19, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Virtual Pictionary using only Gifs without words. You can use as many Gifs as it takes but cannot use any Gifs that contain words.

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  54. DeAnna
    May 19, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    A great game is Continue the story: one person is the writer. One person starts the story with a sentence. The next person says a second sentence, and it keeps going until you have a full story. It’s a great way to to take a peek into each other’s heads and come up with an amazing Story to tell to others as an example for this as a team building exercise. I played this a lot.

    Or “This or That”. Compose 2 list of similar but different brand names. Each person chooses an item and then discuss and determine which one is truly better. Not the normal things either. Things like “garlic or onion” or “being able to fly or the power of invisibility”.

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  55. Alex
    May 19, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Get to know your teammates by playing Never have I ever but not the explicit version;)
    Basically, you create a list of potential statement and every person starts with for example 10 points and one point is taken away for every activity they have done! Last man standing wins!

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  56. Dan
    May 20, 2020 at 12:41 am

    The movie game –

    This is great for movie buffs. The person starting the game names an actor or actress. The next person has to name a movie that actor or actress is in. The next person has to name another actor or actress from that movie and so on. Every time someone gets stumped, the person who stumped them gets a point, or the stumped individual is eliminated. There’s some rules though! If someone names a movie but can’t name another actor or actress from that movie, they don’t get the point or they are eliminated.

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  57. Josh Richter
    May 20, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Last to First – This is so fun with large groups. Any category can be used. Movies is always a fun topic. The first person names any movie, the next person must name a movie that starts with the last letter of the previous movie, and so on. Here’s an example: Empire Strikes Back, K-Pax, X-Men, Night at the Roxbury… It usually goes pretty fast for a while, but then someone gets stumped. This game really brings out the competition in teams and you learn a lot about each individually based on their answers.

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