Charades Tag

  1. Indoor Game
  2. Tag Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 3-5

  • None

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

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.

Set Up

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.