Charades is such a fun and easy game to play with your family. Plus, it requires very little materials and setup. Play it by the campfire, in the living room, or at a party. Here is a list of 50+ charades ideas and words that people of all ages can act out.
My kids love to play charades. We usually play themed charades depending on a season or holiday we are in, or as a way to reinforce a learned unit of study.
Some fun charades games we have printables for include:
- Christmas Charades Printable Game
- Thanksgiving Picture Charades Printable Game for Young Kids
- Summer Charades Printable Game
- St. Patrick’s Day Charades Printable Game
- Thanksgiving Charades Printable Game for Families
How to Play Charades
Charades is truly an easy game to play. Once you have the list of words you want to play with, write each word on a small piece of paper.
Mix the charades words up in a bowl or a hat to draw from.
Whoever is acting can choose a slip of paper, read the word, and act out the word or phrase on the paper.
When acting, it is not allowed to use any words or noises, act by simply using hand motions and body language!
As a family you can choose to set a time limit for the acting and guess, or play until someone gives up. It is also optional to try to keep score by giving a point to the actor when their action is correctly guessed.
How to play in teams
If you choose to play charades in teams, or you have younger players who might need some help, playing in teams can be fun.
One player from a team will be the actor and the other members will guess. Then, the other team will take their tun acting and guessing. Teams can score a point for a correct guess.
- ice cream
- ice skate
- jump rope
- french fries
Easy Charades Words for Kids
Even young kids can play charades! I find the easiest charades words for kids are animals, sports, actions and musical instruments. The main list above has a handful of these, among the easiest for kids are:
Hard Charade Words
Do your kids want a challenge? See how many of these words they can act out and guess correctly! They might be tough!
- watering plants
- walk the dog
- play with toys
Funny Charades Ideas for Kids
Maybe your kids don’t care about easy or hard charades words, they mights just want to giggle and laugh while acting out or watching, these words are sure to do the trick.
- party pooper
- road rage
- mad scientist
- baby shark
- mickey mouse
Printable Charades Words List
So, now you have a ton of charades words to choose from! Print them all here in this handy list to reference the next time you and your family want to play charades.
Simply pick some of the words from the list and write them on small pieces of paper for your next charades game!
Click here or on the image below to print.