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.
What you need:
- a coin for flipping
- some slips of paper
- a pencil or pen
- a watch or stopwatch
Number of players:
- 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.