Hi there, lovelies! How are you doing these days? If the answer is bored, I can help you with that! My family and I have created a list with 30+ games for adults to play during this quarantine.
It has been almost two months (from March 16th) since we started self-isolating at home. Time flew by!
It hasn’t been easy, but little by little we have been getting used to our new reality.
Since we can’t go out like we used to, we have been trying to be creative during this quarantine. There was a point where we were tired of watching movies every night and doing the same things over and over again.
My dad was tired of sitting on the sofa and my sister was driving herself crazy with the boring routine. That means she was also driving my mom crazy; therefore, I was impacted with that too.
We have been working out almost every day, but besides that and watching movies, we haven’t been doing anything fun.
Sadly, the quarantine was just making us lazy and everyone was starting to spend their time in their own bubble instead of using this opportunity to spend time together as a family.
So I decided to start a competition in my own family.
I have a pretty fun and cooperative family, so it didn’t take us a lot to create a list of activities for the competition. Like family olympics, but without sports.
The rules are pretty easy. Whoever wins the game, gets a point. The person with more points gets a prize, and the winner gets a chocolate bar!
We also created a board to add the points and keep track of who’s winning (and who’s is losing). My family is very competitive so we tease each other over that.
These games are mainly for adults, but you can always adapt them if you have kids.
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1. Who Does The Dog Love More?
This one was pretty funny. Coco is part of the family, so we decided to make it part of the competition.
We put our dog in the center of the living room while each of us were in a different corner. After everyone was settle we started to call him to come to us.
Whoever Coco picks, gets a point.
We also decided to not use words that get him excited, like walk or cat.
We have a Ludo board at home, and since we are a family of four, it fits perfectly.
You can find a free app and play from your phone if you want, or you can get this Ludo board as well for just $9.45
3. Who Holds The Squat Position Longer
This one is pretty easy! Whoever can stay longer doing a squat is the winner.
This is not exactly a game for adults per se, but we are doing a competition with my family so every activity counts.
4. Finish The Lyrics
It was hard to find a video on YouTube that would have a wide range of songs so my parents could participate as well, but there are many options out there.
The rules were: whoever touched the front door first gets to finish the lyrics. The starting point for us was the beginning of the hall, that way we would have to run a little to get there.
If you finish the lyrics successfully, you get a point. After the whole video is over, whoever has more points, can add it on the board.
Another thing you can do is find a random playlist on Spotify or YouTube with the popular songs of every decade. If you choose this method, make sure to pause the song so the person has time to finish the lyrics.
5. Long Jump
The person that jumps further wins!
We chose the take off point and we marked each jump with a post it.
At home we have this magnetic dart board and it has been pretty fun to play. We have been using it almost every day. We are even adding difficulty levels.
The first time we did the regular version, but the other day we tried to do it blindfolded or with our backs to the dart board.
As for the points, we have changed the rules deepening on how we play it. The first time we played, the winner was the person that has the most points.
Another time we decided that the winner will be the one that lands the dart right in the middle. If more than one person gets it in the middle, then the competition would be between them until there’s just one winner.
I went to Google and searched for riddles that didn’t show the answer right away, that way I wouldn’t read the answer by mistake.
We did the first five and we tried to solve them in 5 minutes each.
The person with the most correct answers, is the one that adds a point on the board.
8. Phone Call Challenge
Each person has to choose someone to call. The person that picks up first is the win. So make sure to time each call.
I called my best friend that I know always picks her phone in time. She answer almost immediately, and sadly I lost by one second.
Here in Chile we call it “El Emboque”. We have one at home; so we used that one. If you don’t have one, you can try doing this instead. I thought it was pretty funny and you can use whatever you have at home.
Or you can get this one too.
We decided to give each person 10 opportunities to get the ball in the cup. The family member that can get the ball into the cup more times is the winner.
We are a family of four. So what we did to pick a winner is to play 4 rounds of Jenga. The first one to lose, doesn’t get to play the next round and so on and so forth until only two are playing.
Whoever wins the last round, gets a point.
You can get this game for just $12.99 on Amazon!
This app is for free on the App Store and it’s easy to use. Basically, what you need is to repeat the sequence of tones and lights played by the app.
Whoever has more points at the end wins.
12. The Pea Race
Get a pea, a straw for each participant and set a starting and finish line with masking tape or something similar.
We decided to take turns to do it and just time each race.
Whoever can get the pea from the starting line to the finish line in less time, gets the point.
13. Paper Airplanes
This one has been one of my favorites so far, and I even made a TikTok with the results. It was super funny.
Each of us made a paper airplane, and whoever gets the airplane further is the winner.
14. Fork Potato Challenge
This one is harder than it looks like and we were a little scared to get hurt by the fork, but once we understood the idea of the game it was easier.
You can watch the game here. It’s easier to see how the game work instead of reading it.
15. Oreo Challenge
This one is pretty simple. Go get an Oreo (or any other cookie for that matter), place it on your forehead, and try to get it in your mouth without using your hands.
Whoever gets to eat the cookie first, is the winner.
Easy competition! Everyone should be in the same position and keep the equilibrium.
The person that can stay in the same position longer is the winner.
17. Pin The Tail On The Donkey
This one is mainly meant for kids, but it’s also fun for adults as well.
You can draw or print a donkey, and then create the tail with wool.
This is the picture of our donkey!
18. Rock, Paper, Scissors
Classic and fast. Whoever wins the round, gets the point!
19. Clothes Challenge
Whoever puts on more clothes on in under a minute wins.
It was a struggle but also super fun. We didn’t set rules for this and we kinda wait for each other’s creativity. You can put on socks, scarfs, hats, etc.
20. Memorize The Story
The game starts like this: first, pick someone that will start the story. That person needs to choose a word to begin the game.
Let’s say player A picks the word THE, the person to the right, has to repeat that word and then add a new one. So player B needs to say: THE DOG.
Player C then needs to repeat all that plus adding a word. For example: THE DOG WAS.
After Player C (or D, E, F) adds a word to the story, it’s time for player A to keep the story going. Repeat all the words, then you keep adding a new one.
Whoever makes a mistake or forgets the whole story, loses. Then you can start a new story with the other players.
This is a classic, but we decided to set some rules. For example, the word couldn’t be longer than eight letters, and you had a set time to guess.
If you guess your word correctly, you go on to the next round with the others that guessed right as well.
22. Guess The Movie From A Song
We chose that topic, but it can shows instead, or you can do both! There are many videos on YouTube that let you play this game.
This is what we did: We put a bottle on the middle of the table, and whoever grabs it first is the one that gets to answer.
The person with more points at the end is the winner.
23. Tutti Frutti
I love this game so much! You only need a pen, paper and your brain.
How do you play it?
1. First of all, you have to choose different categories that you want to play with, for example, animals, names, famous people, colours, countries, food, brands, professions, etc.
2. After that, you have to draw the grid like this:
You can add even more topics like: movies or TV shows, brands, flower, etc.
3. To choose the letter, someone has to silently think of the letters in alphabetical order. One person says “A” out loud to know they started and then keeps saying the rest of the alphabet in their head.
To stop that person, someone else needs to say “STOP” out lou
d. The letter that coincides with the “STOP”, is the one you will use to start the game.
As soon as the first player says the letter the games starts.
4. You have to fill all the gaps quickly. The first player that completes every category must shout “STOP” and no one can write anymore.
5. Finally, you have to count the points you have achieved. After the number of rounds you want, the person that has more points is the winner!
How do you calculate the points?
- If at least two players have written the same answer in the same category, you get 50 points.
- If the players have different answers in the same category, you get 100 points.
- For example, with 4 players. In the category “names”, two of them write “Ashley”, they get 50 points each; but if the other two players write “Anna” and “Andrew”, they get 100 points each.
- If just one player writes an answer (and the other ones does not), you get 200 points.
We decided to do it with 10 letters.
24. Try Not To Laugh Challenge
Search on YouTube videos with that challenge and many will appear. Keep track of who laugh or even just smiles.
In this case, the person that has more points (because he or she laughed more), is the loser.
25. Guess Who?
You don’t need the actual game with the boards to play this.
This is how we did it:
First, we picked a category. In our case was famous people from Chile. When you do this, try to narrow down so it doesn’t get too difficult.
Then, we wrote a couple of names on a piece of paper and we put them in a bowl.
The person that starts will pick one name, then (without seeing it) show the others what you got.
We decided that we could only ask 7 questions to guess. These questions can only be answered with a yes or no.
26. Lemon Challenge
We cut two lemons in half and whoever eats the half without making a face wins.
If there are more than one winner, then we decided to break the tie with rock, paper, scissors, in the case that happens.
27. Riff Off Challenge
Have you ever watched Pitch Perfect? It’s one of my favorite movies!
The rules are the same as the movie: pick a category, sing a song that fits it, and the next person/team must start their song with the same word that the last person/team sang.
28. Catch The Dog
My dog, Coco, doesn’t like to be grabbed, and he usually runs away when we try to do it. So we decided to make it a challenge.
Whoever gets to grab Coco in less time wins.
29. General Knowledge Quiz
We found a video on YouTube with 100 general knowledge questions that was pretty great and with no options, to make it more challenging. You either know the answer or you don’t.
We have been playing the same video on different days, answer around 20 questions per round.
Whoever has more right questions is the winner and gets a point.
30. Roll the Die
This game is easy and can even be used as a tie breaker instead of rock, paper, scissors.
This is what we did: each person can throw the die three times. The person with the highest sum (after rolling the dice three times) is the winner.
You can change the rules all you want. For example, only the person that gets the same number three times is the winner.
31. Family Basket
Here in Chile this game called “la canasta familiar” and we play with a song, but you don’t have to do it.
The point of the game is to name the most of things in a category, and fast.
For example: car brands. Player A says Audi, Player B, says Toyota, Player C says Suzuki, Player D says Mazda, and so on and so forth.
You can’t repeat the brands, and it needs to be fast, so whoever takes too long to come up with a brand or repeats one that has been already names, is out.
32. Toilet Paper Bowling
You don’t have to use toilet paper, but it seemed on brand with the quarantine. We used 5 and we place them like a pyramid.
Then with a ball we tried to knock down the pyramid. We make sure to use a small ball (a golf ball in our case) so we could make it harder.
Each player had 3 opportunities, and the person that gets to knock down more toilet papers rolls is the winner.
Every day we have been adding more games, so this list will eventually get longer.
I have had so much fun with my family doing these games. I also have funny videos from it!
It has definiIt has definitely been something we enjoyed doing and it’s something we look forward to do every day.
My dad has been giving us many ideas and it’s cute to see his inner child enjoy all these games.
I hope these game ideas can help you to make this quarantine more bearable.
Stay safe, lovelies!