Do you ever want to play a fun family game? Or want to let a group of kids play on their own? Then this a great game for them. Charades is a great way to share some laughs, have everyone involved, and not have to buy a new game. The problem I seem to run into is coming up with items that are simple enough for all ages to be involved. Fear not! I have made a great list of simple items for your children to act out as a family or the kids on their own. You can even simply download the list at the end and print it.
Just in case you do not know how to play charades there are a couple different ways you can play. Here are the first steps:
1. Print or write out the items below (or pick and choose which ones you like).
2. Cut each one onto an individual slip of paper folding so you cannot read it.
3. Put it into a bag, box, or hat to draw from when it is someone’s turn.
Then you need to decide if you are playing for fun or playing to win. We just play for fun taking turns. If you want to play to win, you will need to divide the group into two teams. Then have a timer and see which team gets to most points at the end of the game.
Here is how it goes.
- The first player draws a slip of paper from the box and reads it in their head.
- Then they act out the clue without props or talking.
- The others sit and watch and guess what it could be.
- Once the item is guessed it is the next players turn.
Now, what you have all been waiting for…here is the list of simple charade items so you don’t have to come up with them on your own.
Hot Air Balloon
Ice Cream Cone
School Bus Driver
Three Little Pigs
Milking A Cow
Riding A Motorcycle
Building A Camp Fire
Flying A Kite
Walk the Dog
Riding A Roller Coaster
Riding A Bike
Making Your Bed
Taking A Shower
Reading A Book
Building A Sandcastle
Climbing A Tree
Fart – hey it makes them laugh…it makes us all laugh
Putting On Makeup
Riding A Horse
Riding A Bike
Now you are loaded up with ideas of varying levels. I suggest you put a few of the simpler ones to the side if you have a younger child so they can draw from their own stack. You could even do a separate adult pile that is more difficult as well. The goal is to make it fun for everyone, not frustrating for anyone.
This is such a fun experience for children and is a great way to develop creative thinking. They have to think outside the box. Being able to communicate in a new way by using their body. It is also a great way to learn how to be the center of attention and all about taking turns.
Here are the lists if you would rather simply click and print: