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An old favourite, Charades is great for family get-togethers, such as a “Charades Party” at Christmas-time. All you need is a stop watch!
Basically, Charades is pantomime: acting out a word or phrase without speaking. For example, “football” could be broken down into “foot” and “ball.” “Softball” might be more interesting.
Charades can be played with any type of word or phrase; but with kids, you may find that movie titles work best. Sleeping Beauty, Lion King… Most kids are familiar with many simple movie titles. And even the youngest can do Pinocchio!
Usually Charades is played by two competing teams in a race against time: each time a player acts out a phrase, a stopwatch is used to track the time, with a maximum of two (or three) minutes for each turn. The team with the least amount of total minutes and seconds wins. With young kids, however, you might want to skip the stopwatch and the competitive element.
Charades: getting started
There are many variations of how to play Charades, but here’s one format:
Divide into teams, move into separate rooms.
Think of a bunch of titles to be acted out, and write each title on a slip of paper.
These slips of paper will be given to the opposite team.
write a player’s name on each slip of paper: make sure that young kids get easy titles to act out.
First, indicate to your team whether you’re going to mime the title of a movie, book, tv show. (make the appropriate signs for these)
Next, indicate how many words are in the title. (Hold up the number of fingers.)
Next, indicate which word you want to start acting: hold up three fingers for “Third Word”, and so on.
IMPORTANT: Act silly!
This can be a highly entertaining game especially if the alcohol has been flowing!!
Players take turns counting, beginning with one. Every time a player gets to a number that’s divisible by seven (7, 14, 21) or has a seven in it (17), they must say “Buzz” instead of the number.
If one person forgets to say “Buzz,” everyone has to start over. If this is too hard for younger players, say “Buzz” for every number that’s divisible by five.
If you want a real challenge, try Fuzz Buzz. Say “Fuzz” for every number with a three in it or that’s divisible by three, and “Buzz” for every number with a seven in it or that’s divisible by seven.
Learn more about your family history, create your own homemade version of the ever-popular Trivial Pursuit game.
Before play begins, family members write down trivia questions that only relatives might know: “How did Jon get his scar on his leg?”, “What is Autie Jan’s middle names?”, and so on. For a multimedia effect, cards can also ask questions about accompanying photographs or tape recordings etc.
The game can then be played in any number of ways–individually, in teams, on a game board or just as a quiz contest.
Try an adult version for extra fun
To begin, make sure everyone has a pencil and some paper. Allocate one person as the timekeeper. The timekeeper picks a letter, tells it to everyone else and shouts “Go!” and starts the timer.
Players then write as many words as possible that start with that letter. When a minute is up, the timekeeper says “Stop!” and all the players put down their pencils.
Count one word as 1 point. Words spelt incorrectly are not counted. Now, give everyone one more minute to write a sentence using as many of the words they have already witten down, again counting each use of a word as 1 point.
Tally up the scores from both rounds, the winner is ther person who has the most overall points.