Turn an old game into something new and exciting for the kids. Grab the paper and the pens and get creative. Have a family fun night, play at a party or just for fun with your siblings. The game of charades never gets old.
Number of players:
What you need:
- a coin for flipping
- some slips of paper
- a pencil or pen
- a watch or stopwatch
Divide everyone into two teams.
When younger children are playing, it can help to pair an adult with the littlest members.
Pick one team to go first by flipping a coin (to make it fair).
The team who is not picked first then comes up with a secret word or name for the other team to guess.
Favourite characters, movies or songs are best for younger players (and they have more fun acting them out, e.g. Bob the Builder or Hannah Montana).
The secret word is then written on a slip of paper.
The piece of paper is then shown to one member of the other team.
This member is the 'actor'.
The rest of the team are the 'guessers' - but cannot be shown the secret word or name.
Start the stopwatch, and wait for the rowdiness to begin!
The actor will act out (almost miming) what is written on the piece of paper.
They cannot say a word while doing so.
They can act out, mimic, dance, even point - but they cannot speak or spell out with their hands the phrase.
The group of guessers can yell out their answers.
Your younger kids will have particular fun doing so!
They will quickly learn to listen to all the guesses, and modify their answers from them.
The actor can nod yes or no if they get one of the words right.
Let them keep going until someone guesses it, or for about a minute.
Once the whole phrase is guessed, that round is won.
Or if the stopwatch ran out - the team lost that round.
The teams switch, so the other team has a chance to act or guess, and the team that went first gets to pick the secret word or phrase.
Whoever guesses the correct answer is the next actor when it's their teams turn.
Make sure you keep a tally of which team guesses the most correct answers, and announce the winners at the end.
- A great game for parties.
- This game is not limited by a bigger group of players - in fact it's more exciting and fun that way!
- Older kids will enjoy conventions of this game - syllables, 'sounds like', rolling through the alphabet.
- Brace yourself. This is not a quiet game - younger children in particular will love yelling answers as loud as they can. But you will have just as much fun watching as they will playing.
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