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150 Fun Charades Words

Updated on January 21, 2017
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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!

How to Play Charades

Before youget 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
  • Pencils
  • Hat or bowl
  • Timer

Set up:

  • Have everyone sit down and think of a bunch of Charades 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 gets the points.
  • Set a limit for a winner, such as the “first person to get 10 points wins!”

So if you’re considering playing, you’re probably here looking for a bunch of good and fun Charades words to write down, right? Well I have just what you need! Here’s a full list of Charades words categorized by difficulty:

Easy Charades Words

Airplane
Ears
Piano
Angry
Elephant
Pinch
Baby
Fish
Reach
Ball
Flick
Remote
Baseball
Football
Roll
Basketball
Fork
Sad
Bounce
Giggle
Scissors
Cat
Golf
Skip
Chicken
Guitar
Sneeze
Chimpanzee
Hammer
Spin
Clap
Happy
Spoon
Cough
Horns
Stomp
Cry
Joke
Stop
Dog
Mime
Tail
Drink
Penguin
Toothbrush
Drums
Phone
Wiggle
Duck
Photographer
 

Medium Charades Words

Archer
Ghost
Rock star
Balance beam
Haircut
Shoelaces
Ballet
Halo
Sick
Balloon
Hiccup
Singer
Banana peel
Hot dog
Skateboard
Book
Hungry
Slippery
Braces
Hurt
Soccer
Button
Ice skating
Strong
Car
Karate
Stubbed toe
Cheers
Ladder
Sunshine
Clown
Light bulb
Surprise
Dinosaur
Limbo
Swing
Disco
Macarena
Sword
Dizzy
Paint
Tap dance
Fart
Pirate
Wheelbarrow
Fishing
Read
Wizard of Oz
Gallop
River dance
 

Hard Charades Words

Birthday
Hedgehog
Pizza
Blanket
Helicopter
President
Bright
Hurricane
Rainbow
Bump
Kite
Rollercoaster
Christmas
Light
Shadow
Coffee
Magic
Shopping
Cradle
Makeup
Shuffle
Deer
Marriage
Slice
Drool
Mash
Slip n’ slide
Electric Slide
Measure
Smear
Excitement
Mirror
Spider
Fight Club
Monster
The Lion King
Firefighter
Motorcycle
Trampoline
Flashlight
Nightmare
Waterfall
Garden
Nosey
Window
Giraffe
Overwhelmed
Yo-yo
Heavy
Pancakes
 

Game Variations

Categories

Charades is typically played by acting out things from categories such as: Music, books, movies, and so on. Basically, acting out titles to things. 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 camera man rolling.
  • Hold up a number of fingers to tell everyone how many words you are acting, and which word you are currently acting.

Team Play

Playing in teams can be fun! Divide into teams, and each team will take turns acting their word, and guessing at their own word for points. If the word is not guessed in time, another team has an opportunity to guess it and steal points!

Point Levels

Obviously the way you want to play is entirely up to your and your group! One thing that we enjoy doing here is allot more points for harder words. You can do this by asking players to sort their words by degree of difficulty, easy, medium, and hard and write 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.

Charades with Jimmy Fallon

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