Charades, the long-time favourite game of acting and guessing, finds its way into parties for adults and children, family activities and classrooms. One person acts out the name of a person, book or movie and others have to guess. The most important rule is that the actor is not allowed to use any words or sounds--just actions. In addition to acting, a variety of hand signals are utilised including placing the thumb and forefinger close together to indicate "small word," such as "a," "and" or "the."
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Create a list of children's books for a game of charades. Select books based on the ages of the children and include age-appropriate and younger children's books. Fun titles might include "Good Night Mr. Moon," "The Witch of Blackbird Pond," "Little House in the Big Woods" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." If this were being done as part of a school project, the book titles might relate to a specific genre or authors being studied.
Create a list of famous people to act out in charades. Include people both living and dead. Names might include Abraham Lincoln, Sacagawea, Henry Ford, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Amelia Earhart, Colin Powell, Helen Keller and Mark Twain. To add an educational aspect, names could be narrowed to include people the children have been studying in school.
Mix it up and create a list of geographic locations, not as common for charades as movies, people or books. A narrowly-defined list might include only countries or rivers. A broadly-defined list might include geographic places from around the world including Niagara Falls, South Africa, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Northwest Territory, the Ganges River and the South Island of New Zealand. The list might connect to a social studies or geography lesson.
Select movies for elementary children to act out for a game of charades. Include movies appropriate to their age as well as movies they may have seen when they were younger. Titles might include "Babe," "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," "The Wizard of Oz," "Superman" and "The Secret Garden."
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