Virtual Team Building Activities & Games

60 Virtual Team Building Activities & Games for Fun [2024]

As more and more organizations embrace remote and hybrid work systems, the effort to build a highly connected and cohesive workforce becomes overwhelming.

Unlike brick-and-mortar offices, where employees can socialize at the office desks and have fun at work events, the surge of remote work is widening the gap between employees and managers, leading to isolation and negatively affecting team morale.

Organizations need to get proactive about keeping their distributed workforce aligned. Virtual team building is the way out. 

To help you bring your team together and create a fun and positive virtual workplace, we've created a list of 60 virtual team-building activities and games. From icebreakers to online team-building activities, games, and trivia, there's something for every team and every occasion on our list.

Why is Virtual Team Building Important?

Virtual team-building is an ongoing effort to foster cohesion among geographically dispersed teams through exercises and games aided with virtual communication tools and technologies

Since communication is not in person, online team building simulates the face-to-face interactions of a traditional office setting.

According to the Remote Work Report by GitLab, 25% of the global workforce relies 100% on virtual team-building solutions. Virtual team building is a must for any remote team to build a cohesive unit. Here are five reasons:

  • Improves communication and productivity: Effective communication is crucial for the success of remote teams. Virtual team-building can break communication barriers, build trust, and increase productivity.

  • Boosts team morale: Remote workers can sometimes feel disconnected from the rest of the team. Virtual team-building activities make them feel engaged, which increases their motivation. As such, they are more likely to contribute better to the team's success.

  • Fosters a sense of connection: Virtual team-building allows remote team members to get to know each other and build relationships without face-to-face communication, promoting a sense of camaraderie.

  • Encourages creativity and innovation: Remote teams often face challenges when it comes to generating new ideas and innovative solutions. Virtual team gatherings can inspire creativity and creative thinking among team members. 

Now that you’ve understood what virtual team building means and why it’s important for remote teams, below are 60 of the best virtual team building activities and games successful managers use to get the best out of their distributed workforce. 

Virtual Icebreaker Activities to Ease the Atmosphere

1. Virtual icebreaker quizzes

Get ready to guess, laugh, and learn new things about your colleagues through an interactive and engaging experience. Virtual icebreaker quizzes are perfect for teams of 3 to 1000+ participants, and each round lasts anywhere between 2 to 10 minutes, making it a quick and easy way to amuse the team.

Instructions

Create a list of open-ended questions ranging from personal questions such as their work-life balance, family, and hobbies to career growth and development plans. The point is to make them see that the conversation is solely about them, not any other thing.

Once you have questions, set them up on your chosen platform. If you use a third-party quiz app, ensure everyone knows how to access it. 

After the quiz, share the result and take some time to discuss. Ask your team members how they felt about the quiz and what facts and Insight they learned about themselves. This game is guaranteed to break the ice and bring your team closer in a fun and gamified way. 

2. Two Truths and One Lie

Ready to learn some juicy secrets and interesting tidbits about your colleagues? Two Truths and One Lie is the perfect icebreaker game for that. 

It's so simple and versatile that you can play it with 4 -10 people in less than 20 minutes.

Instructions

In this timeless classic game, each player shares three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one false. The rest of the team guess which statement is the lie. For an added twist, set a theme for the statements, such as "things I’ve done this week" or "my childhood memories."

3. Virtual Truth or Dare

Virtual Truth or Dare is the online version of Truth or Dare - an electrifying virtual team-building exercise to ignite creativity, challenge comfort zones, and bring everyone together in a blast of laughter and fun.

With its straightforward rules, this classic party game is a great way to break the ice among remote employees.

Instructions

All players get ready with their cameras on and brace themselves for the first prompt. The game master announces the challenge: it could be a daring dare such as "Perform a funny dance" or a daring truth like "What is your most embarrassing moment?"

Players leave their cameras on or off, signaling their willingness to participate. The game master selects one or more players to complete the challenge, and the fun begins.

4. Virtual Bingo

Virtual Bingo is a great choice whether you want to break the ice or just have fun. If you have a team of 10-20 members, this is one of the fun virtual team-building activities to induce 15 to 20 minutes of pure excitement in your next virtual team gathering.

Virtual Bingo

Instructions

Create a Bingo card that has some statements or action items on it and share it with the team via email or Slack.

The host will give a statement written on the card. Players will put a cross in the box if they fit the prompts. The first person to get a full row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) calls out "BINGO!" and wins the round. You can play multiple rounds, changing the pattern each time to keep things fresh and exciting.

5. Donut Conversation

Donut Conversation, an innovative Slack extension, offers a unique approach to virtual team building. It helps address the disconnection challenge that remote and virtual teams face. These conversations are designed to help teams of any size build relationships and foster a sense of community.

Instructions

To play, encourage all your employees to add the Donut extension to their slack apps. Once done, the extension randomly pairs employees within your organization and encourages them to engage in work-related conversations. 

In case team members aren’t sure what to talk about, Donut offers predefined conversation prompts to get the conversation started and keep it flowing. It also has other engaging features such as virtual gifts, emojis, and animations that make the conversation never dull.

6. Guess the Baby

Cute and chubby baby photos are always hilarious. If you're looking for a fun virtual activity for remote teams that brings back childhood memories, Guess the Baby is just that and more - a fun way to break up the monotony of remote work and foster stronger connections between team members.

If your team size is below 10 members, you’ve got the ideal fun event for the first 10 minutes of your virtual meetings.

Instructions

The host collects and shows participants’ childhood photos or recent photos of their kids via video conferencing or Slack, and the rest of the team will try to match the baby photo with the correct team member. You can assign points for each correct match, and the player with the highest number of correct matches wins. 

7. 5 Second Rule

Want to make your team think creatively on their feet? The 5 Second Rule has the pressure to push remote teams' creative limits while having fun.

With its fast-paced nature, the 5 Second Rule is a great way to energize a team of 5 to 20 members and last 5-10 minutes.

Instructions

Name a specific category, and the participants are given five seconds to think and provide three items, such as “three types of fruits” or “three countries in Europe.” 

The game can be played in sub-groups or individually and adjusted for varying difficulty levels. For each prompt, participants must provide three responses within five seconds. Keep track of how many rounds each participant wins to pick the overall winner. Celebrate the winner, and you can also consider offering a prize.

8. Whose Office Is It Anyway?

In this remote team building game, team members are given a virtual tour of each other's home office spaces and guess which workplace belongs to whom.

Instructions

The game starts with each member submitting a photo of their workspace; it can be their desk, chair, computer, or other items unique to their setup. Each image shared must be free of any clues that can let participants easily identify the workplace owners. They must use their intuitions to pick which setup belongs to whom.

The winner is the team member with the highest number of accurate guesses. To up the fun, you can instruct team members to vote for the best workspace setup and listen to the story behind it from the owner.

You can even get the team pumped up by creating playful awards, such as the most organized desk, unique decor, comfortable chair, etc. The goal is to learn more about team members, which may spark new ideas for other members to improve their home office setup.

9. The Price is Almost Right

The Price is Almost Right is another classic game show that can easily be adapted for remote teams. With this fun and interactive team-building activity, any team of up to 35 members will have a solid laugh event to reminisce about going forward.

Instructions

To start, gather your team in a video conference room, and assign one person to be the host. This person will present items to bid on, including everyday household items, office equipment, or luxurious products.

Players take turns bidding on the item each round, and the host announces the retail price once all bids have been placed. The player closest to the actual price without going over wins the round and earns points. 

Anyone who goes over the price either loses some points or gets evicted. The game can continue for several rounds, or you can play until one team reaches a certain number of points.

10. Wordle

Wordle is for language-lovers and wordsmiths who want to flex their verbal muscles while having fun with their remote colleagues. It is suitable for large teams of up to 40 members.

Instructions

To play, the game master creates a list of words or phrases. These words are then displayed randomly on the screen for everyone to see. Each team has a set amount of time to use as many words from the list to create sentences, one word per sentence.

The sentences can be silly, serious, or anywhere in between. The only rule is that the team must use each word in each sentence correctly.

Once the time is up, each team member reads their sentences, and the team member with the most words used in correct sentences wins.

11. Spill the Bucket

Spill the Bucket is an awesome game that provides insight into team members' personalities and interests, which can help facilitate better communication and collaboration in the future. It is a team-building exercise ideal for 5-15 participants. You can play with your team in less than 15 minutes.

Instructions

Ask each team member to create a list of 3-5 items they would like to accomplish or experience in their lifetime, commonly known as a "bucket list." This list can include personal or professional goals, such as learning a new language, traveling to a specific destination, or volunteering for a cause.

By sharing their bucket lists, team members get to know each other better. They may also find they have common dreams and aspirations and can start working on them together.

12. Read My Lips

What could be more fun than pitting teams against each other in a battle of lip-reading prowess? If you need a highly-engaging game to break the ice and bring smiles to every face on your team, try Read My Lips.

This game is perfect for a team of 5-10, with each round taking about 2 minutes, and you can play a few rounds.

Instructions

Get your team on a virtual call and designate one person as the "speaker" and the others as the "listener." The speaker will say a word or phrase by mouthing it silently or muting their microphone.

The listener must then try to guess what the speaker is saying by reading their lips. The listener earns a point for every correct guess. If wrong, the speaker gets the point. After each round, switch roles and keep playing until everyone has had a chance to be both the speaker and listener.

13. Pancakes vs. Waffles

Are you looking to add some sense of humor and lighthearted debate to virtual team building? Pancakes vs. Waffles is the way. 

In this game, the goal is to reach a unanimous decision on which one of two items to keep and which one to eliminate. The game is perfect for a small group of 10 or fewer participants and lasts 5+ minutes.

Instructions

Start the game by choosing one between pancakes or waffles, and the other should be eliminated. After the first round, you’ll pit a new contender against the surviving option. 

Say “Waffles” was eliminated in the first round. The game may become Pancakes vs. Salads, Salads vs. Kittens, Kittens vs. Puppies, Puppies vs. Ski resorts, Ski resorts vs. Festivals, and so on. You get the point. You can play until you're ready to move on.

14. Guess the Emoji

Emojis have come a long way from being just a fun and quirky aspect of the internet. In today's digital age, emojis in professional communication are not uncommon. 

If the emoji infection has found its way to your team, wouldn’t it be nice to put your team's emoji-decoding knowledge to the test? Guess the Emoji can be a great team-building activity. Let’s see.

Guess the Emoji activity

Instructions

In this game, your team has to guess the correct phrase or word represented by a combination of emojis. You can even deduce a theme, for example, the Disneyland princess.

You can decide to let them play in groups or individually. Each group will carefully study the emojis: