How To Play Charades

Charades is a fun and easy game that you can play with just about anyone, anywhere! Grab some paper and a pen, and follow these instructions to learn how to play charades.

Step 1

Divide the players into two teams. Gather up any interested charade players and make two even teams. Sit the teams together, on separate sides of an open playing area.

Step 2

Come up with some words or phrases. If you don't already have a list of words and phrases to act out, you can quickly make some. In order to play charades fairly, each team can't know what they will be asked to act out. Because of this, the other team needs to come up with enough words and phrases to last the entire game. To be fair, choose well-known movies, words, items, phrases, and so on. Ten for each side is a reasonable amount, but you may want to alter this number based on how many turns each player wants to have. (The other option would be for a person who will not be playing this game of charades to come up with a list of words and phrases ahead of time).  Once all of the words and phrases have been written down, they should be folded and put into a hat or a bowl in such a way that no one can see what is written until it has been drawn out of the hat and unfolded. Now that each team has words and phrases, you're ready to play charades.

Step 3

Explain the rules. It's a good idea to go over the rules before you start to play charades. Remind each team that they will have a limited amount of time each round (usually 30 seconds or 1 minute).  The other team will be in charge of the timer each round. Each team will choose one player to draw a word or phrase from the hat and act it out. No words may be spoken, or the team is disqualified for that round. Actors may make gestures, motions, or any other movement that can help their teams to guess what was written on each piece of paper. Decide whether or not you are going to allow the actor to use props. While the player is acting, his or her team should shout out their guesses. There is no penalty for wrong guesses, so encourage your team to keep guessing. If a team correctly guesses the word before the time runs out, that team gets 1 point for that round. Then play moves on to the other team. This continues until all words have been guessed, until a team reaches a certain number of points, or until you all decide to end the game. The team with the most points wins.

Step 4

Play charades. Once everyone is aware of the rules, you're ready to play charades. Make sure you have a large open area to do so, since your guests will likely be moving all around as they attempt to act out clues. You'll find charades to be a fun and inexpensive way to spend the evening with friends and family.


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A great icebreaker at parties. Thanks!

By Anonymous