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!
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