Large Group (10 and up)
10 minutes or more
To develop non-verbal communication and teamwork
Before You Start
- Make sure the players understand how to play charades.
- Do a couple of warm up rounds so they get the idea of acting in silence and guessing the action.
- Divide the group into two teams.
- Each team comes up with an action or scenario they will act out.
- Give categories to help the kids decide. Younger grades: animals, occupations and sports.
- For older grades make it more challenging with movies, songs, people and so on.
- Have one person from each team tell you what their charade will be.
- Demonstrate safe tagging:
- Light touch, like a butterfly wings, on the back or shoulder.
- Unsafe tags: hard contact that might cause the person being tagged to fall.
Three lines of equal distance apart
How to Play
- Once each team has told you what their charade will be, have the two teams face off, by standing equal distance from the middle line.
- Decide who will act out their charade first.
- On your signal one team acts out their charade while the other team guesses.
- When you hear a correct guess say ‘yes’ or give another signal.
- The team that guessed correctly will then chase the acting team back to the acting team’s safety line. If anyone is tagged s/he joins the other team.
- Then the next team acts out their charade and the process is repeated.
You can also combine categories e.g. an animal doing a sport.