Charades Ideas for Game Night
Family gatherings and parties call for a few fun games to play, and one of them that’s easy to play at the drop of a hat (quite literally!) is charades! Not only is the game simple enough to play for all ages, but everyone will have a great time filled with fun and laughter!
Brush up on your old acting skills from high school while creating some hilarious, lasting memories to smile about for years to come! For those of you who need a refresher on how to play, I have included instructions at the end of this article. Let's get started!
Make It Fun for Everyone With These Easy Charades Words
Variations for Beginners or Young Children
Playing in teams can be fun! Divide into teams, and have each one take turns acting out and guessing their word for points. If the word is not guessed in time, another team has an opportunity to guess it and steal points!
Standard charades can be frustratingly difficult for children. You can make it easier for the little ones by sticking to a single theme. For example, you might choose “Disney movies” as your theme and have players select clues from that category such as “Pinnochio" or “Beauty and the Beast." See more examples below.
Words for a "Disney Movies" Theme
Beauty and the Beast
The Jungle Book
The Princess and the Frog
Lady and the Tramp
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Sword in the Stone
Use These Medium Charades Words for a More Challenging Game
Wizard of Oz
How to Mix Things Up for the Moderate Player
Obviously, the way you want to play is entirely up to you and your group! One thing that we enjoy doing is allotting more points for harder words. You can do this by asking players to sort their words by difficulty (easy, medium, and hard) and writing on each one a point value: 10 points for easy, 20 points for medium, and 30 points for hard.
No matter how you play, you're all bound to have a great time! Anticipate a bunch of wild antics, and be sure to bring a camera to the game! Have fun, take risks, be silly, and enjoy.
Looking for More of a Challenge? Check Out These Difficult Charades Words!
Slip n’ slide
The Lion King
Crank Up the Difficulty With These Variations for Seasoned Players
Did you enjoy playing telephone as a kid? If so, you'll love this awesome mashup that combines your favorite childhood message game with charades. This game is best played with groups of 4 or more. The more, the merrier.
How to Play:
- Have everyone line up side by side and facing in the same direction.
- Pick a person at either end of the line to be the starting player, and have them face the opposite direction and write a word or phrase on a piece of paper.
- When they are done, have them tap the person beside them and act out their clue.
- That person then taps the next person in line and acts out their understanding of the clue based on the previous player's actions.
- Continue in this manner until you get to the very last person who will guess what the original clue was.
Give yourselves a round of applause if you the final player guesses correctly. Even if they don't, you'll have a ton of fun laughing at how off their answer was—along with everyone else's.
This variation really puts your acting and cognitive skills to the test as you race against time. Before you get started, divide everyone into two teams. Give each person on the two teams a designated period of time to act out as many phrases as they can before the timer runs out, giving a point for each correct answer. Each pass receives a negative point. The game is over when every person has gone once. The team with the most points wins.
How to Play Charades
Before you get started, there will be a couple of things you'll need to gather before you play:
Number of Players: 4+
What You Need:
- Small strips of paper
- Hat or bowl
- Have everyone sit down and think of a bunch of words.
- Write one on each strip of paper.
- Fold them up and place them all into a hat or bowl until game time.
- Reserve a larger sheet of paper to keep score.
- Set out the materials, and the game can begin.
How to Play:
- Pick a person to start.
- The first person to go draws a word out of the hat.
- The player has 60 seconds to act out the word while all other players attempt to guess what it is.
- The first person to guess correctly scores a point.
- Set a limit for a winner, such as the “first person to get 10 points wins!”
Tips: Categories and Signals
Charades is typically played by acting out things from categories such as music, books, movies, and so on. If your group wants to play like this, make sure they understand what the categories are before you brainstorm words to write down.
Although you can’t talk or make noise, there are signals you can use to help people guess, such as:
- “Sounds like…”: point to your ear to indicate a word that rhymes with yours.
- “Song”: Pretend to sing to indicate you’re acting out a song title.
- "Movie": Pretend to be a cameraman rolling film.
- "Number or order of words": Hold up the same number of fingers as the number of words you are acting out. This tactic can also be used to signal which word (first, second, third, etc.) you are currently working on.
You've got your rules and your list of charades words, so you and the gang are all ready to have a great time!
Charades With Jimmy Fallon
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