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Game ideas

Here are some games and activities to try! But feel free to come up with your own ideas! Don’t feel like playing a game? You can also pick a conversation starter and just start talking!

Conversation starters

– Wat is je favoriete eten/sport/film/boek/dier/land?
– Met welke beroemdheid zou je een dag willen ruilen?
– Naar welke periode zou je gaan als je zou kunnen tijdreizen?
– Wat is jouw superheldenkracht?
– Wat zou je meenemen naar een onbewoond eiland/de zombie apocalypse?

Beginner games

Collective drawing a story
Open the shared whiteboard. The first person draws something and tells what it is. Then the next person adds something to the drawing and tells what they just drew. The idea is to make a story together!

Online memory game
Go to: https://screentop.gg/@DutchLangCafe. Click memory, click play, click join, then copy the URL of the site and share it with the rest of your group. The objective is to find matching pairs. Say the words out loud if you turn cards over. Alternatively (for more sets, try: https://pairs.one/en/) Scroll to the bottom and start a 2, 3 or 4 player game.

Op vakantie
One person starts by saying ‘ik ga op vakantie en ik neem mee’ (I’m going on a holiday and I’m bringing), and then adds an object. The next person says ‘Ik ga op vakantie en ik neem mee’ and than says all previous objects plus a new object. If you make a mistake you are out.

Draw things within category
Open the shared whiteboard. Choose a category (like animals, fruits, things in the house). Everybody draws one thing in that category. When everybody is finished, everybody labels the drawings. Then go over what is correct and isn’t correct.

Guess the secret object
One person shares his/her screen and opens one of these images (images with many different objects). That person then secretly picks one object. The others guess what object is picked. They can ask questions (is it red? is it round?). Tip: in Zoom, if you go to ‘view options’ then ‘annotate’, you can draw on top of the shared screen.

Counting up together
Short and simple game, but funny. Works best with 5 or more people. One person says ‘één’. Then whoever wants can say the next number (‘twéé’), but if two people speak at the same time, you start over again at één. Set a goal (like to reach 20). You can’t speak two times in a row and if everybody is silent for 5 seconds you also start over.

Intermediate games

Waar of niet waar.
One person thinks of a subject for the next person. That person then says something about themselves related to that subject. The other people guess whether this is true or false. Everybody who is right gets a point. Then the next person thinks of a subject.

Bananagrams
Go to https://screentop.gg/@DutchLangCafe. Click ‘bananagrams’. Click play. Copy the URL and share it with your group to invite others. When playing, take tiles from the banana, flip them over (press the spacebar), and make words. The rules of banana are here, but you can also just collectively make a big crossword puzzle, or do what you want :).

Hints
One person acts out a word. The first person to guess the word gets a point. Then the next person acts out a word.

Drawing & guess
Open the shared whiteboard. One person draws an object, the rest guesses what it is. First to guess right gets a point.

Guess the sound
One person makes a sound off-screen (example: close a book). The others guess what it is.

Say something about an object
One person picks an object in their room, shows it on camera and tells something interesting about it (what it is, how you got it, whether you like it, and so on). Then the next person chooses an object.

Guess the object.
One person picks an object in his/her room. The others ask yes/no questions to guess what the object is.

Guess the word
One person chooses a word and describes it without saying it. The first person who guesses the object gets a point.

What am I?
Choose a category (like animals, persons, things etc). One person closes their eyes and mutes the chat. The others decide what that person is. Do that for everyone. Then everyone asks yes/no questions in turn to figure out what they are!

Pim pam pet
One person picks a category (like ‘fruit’ or ‘sport’ or ‘things in the house’) and then picks a random letter. The first person who says an object in that category that starts with that letter gets a point. Then the next person picks a category&letter. You can also pick random letters on this site.

Advanced games

Collective storytelling in different tenses.
Someone says a sentence to start a story (example: een man loopt op straat). The next person continues the story with a sentence and so on. Try to be creative! To make it more challenging: do it in the past tense, future tense, and so on.

Improvised presentations
One person picks a topic for the next person (example: dogs). That person then speaks for 1 minute about themselves, related to that topic (eg. I like dogs, I had a dog, etc). When finished, the others each ask 1 question related to that topic. Then the speaker picks a topic for the next person.

One-up competition
One person starts by saying something very unimpressive they can do or have (e.g. I can eat an apple). The next person then brags about being able to do or have a little bit more (e.g. That’s nothing! I can eat a melon). This goes on until absurdity (e.g. I can eat the universe!). When someone feels they can’t top the previous person, they start over with something else.

Word spelling
Somebody says a word. Then the next person says the first letter of the word, the person after the second letter of the word, and so on. If someone makes a mistake, they pick the next word.

What’s more important debate
Pick two similar things (like apples and bananas). Choose two people. Both of them pick a side. They then debate for one minute about which of these two is the most important. Then the rest is the jury and decides who won the debate.