Are you still doing virtual programs at your library? Are you looking for ideas of what you can do easily over Zoom (or whatever platform you use)? Well here are some easy and free suggestions that you may or may not have been doing.
One of my most popular programs is our virtual drawing club. Now, I am not that skilled but I find some easy to do drawings online and in books and first teach myself. I then instruct the teens in 3-4 of these drawings each month. I have Zoom set up on my laptop so I can see them, but I also set up Zoom on my phone so I can spotlight that screen with what I am drawing. It helps to have a phone holder to do this program and that’s really the only expense unless you want to provide the teens with sketchbooks. I always ask the teens what they would like to learn to draw and do my best to teach that what they request. In the past, we have done Kawaii-style milk and cookies, a chicken, Among Us characters, a llama, a fox, and Baby Yoda.
This site https://myfreebingocards.com/virtual-bingo allows you to create your own virtual bingo cards you can send out to your teens and play with them over Zoom. Whether you are using traditional numbers, book titles, or something else, you can easily import what you are doing and it will generate individual cards for you. When a teen calls bingo, you can easily check and see if they won.
Catch That Phrase/Rebus Puzzle Challenge
I previously posted about this program here. This can be easily recreated over Zoom by putting the images in a presentation and sharing your screen. For this challenge, you can have them submit their answers in messenger where you or a helper can keep track. Points can be awarded either for the first person (or top three) who respond(s) correctly, or everyone who responds correctly gets a point.
Name That Tune
This was also previously posted here but I found a way to adapt it for Zoom. You will still need to make a playlist on Spotify or where ever you make your playlists. Like with the program above you can have teens share their answers in the chat. Just make sure you have somebody keeping score. What to make it more fun? Put the song titles on Bingo boards (see above) and have them not only have to figure out the tune but see if they can get Bingo as well.
This program is best done using presentation software or a website such as Powerpoint of Canva Presentation. Find an image of an animal or object and put it on a slide. You can also do this with book covers. Copy the image onto another slide and crop it and zoom in so you can’t exactly tell what it is. Copy the second image and zoom in more so it’s even tricker. Do this for several images. When you show them in your program, you start with the most Zoomed in the image. Have them share their guess however you like. For the teens who can’t guess it, show the less zoomed-in image and have them guess. When I did this with my teens I gave 2 points if they guessed correctly on the first image, and one if they guessed it on the second. Be sure to show the final image so everyone can see what it was.
What’s great about all these programs is that they are at little to no cost. They are also easy to make and have in your back pocket if needed.