6 ways to make virtual Thanksgiving fun for everyone

6 ways to make virtual Thanksgiving fun for everyone

Many of us underestimated Thanksgiving last year, and this season may continue, too.

But thanks to technology, you can still get together with your extended family.

When the pandemic first hit the US, we took to Zoom to celebrate birthdays, bridal showers and even spend happy hours with co-workers and friends. It makes sense to do the same this Thanksgiving with people you’ll miss seeing in person. So after everyone is full of turkey and stuffing, put on a Zoom call with your extended family and play some fun games.

There’s really no reason not to do that.

Here are six games to keep everyone entertained.

the dictionary

Did you know Zoom has a whiteboard feature? You can split into teams of two people, and in each round, another person has to draw on the whiteboard feature while your team members try to guess what you are drawing. It’s just like regular Pictionary, and it’s very easy to do in a Zoom call.

Game on Jackbox

If you didn’t get an afternoon playing a game on Jackbox at the start of the pandemic, you really missed out. There are a variety of games that you can play, and they are all done by default. It’s honestly so much fun that you won’t want to stop.


talent program

OK, this might sound kind of cheesy, but why not put on a talent show with all of your family? Everyone can choose a talent to perform, and everyone can watch and admire it. And if you don’t have a talent like singing, dancing or playing an instrument, just come up with something silly and fun. You’ll be around the family, so you can’t be too embarrassed around them, right?


Just like Pictionary, this exciting game of charades is very easy to do over a Zoom call. Just split into teams and try to guess what your teammate is doing while they aren’t using any words. How fun is this sound?

silly things

Who doesn’t love a competitive trivia game? You will have to assign one person in the family to know the questions/ask questions, and each family/individual can provide their answers. You can enjoy it by making the question game themed, such as pop culture, sports or current events.

treasure hunt

This is something that will get everyone in the family up and moving. The person running this game can come up with a huge list of items you’d normally find laid out around the house, and each group on a Zoom call has two minutes (or more – it’s up to you) to find the item. The team that finds the most items in the list wins.

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