Looking for a fun game the whole family can play as a family game night idea? Or need a cool party game idea for kids? Then you’ll love our free printable Charades Ideas for kids. This hilarious game is a blast to play with both kids and adults. Plus with the easy charades categories & word lists, it allows all ages in your family to play together.
Find 10 funny Charades categories with Animals, Food, Things to Do, Sports, Places, Disney Movies, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. You’ll learn how to play Charades and have 192 Charade ideas so you can play the game over and over again without running out of options.
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Family Charades Ideas for Kids & Adults
Charades is a hilarious and entertaining game to play with younger kids and older kids. Watching your kids, friends, or family act out the funny charades words will have everyone laughing and having loads of fun.
Our easy charades ideas for kids were created with simple word lists so that the whole family could play together.
There are 10 different charades categories letting everyone find a topic they’d like to act out. Plus it gives you enough word options so you can play the game over and over again. You can pick a different charades theme every time you play.
I’ve used this simple game as both a fun family game night and at my son’s school parties and it was a hit at both. This would also be a fun holiday game to play with friends and family. We’ve even played this as a virtual game night on zoom with family far away. It really is a very versatile game
Don’t worry about writing down all the categories you can grab our free printable charades game with 192 Charades Words.
How to Play Charades with Kids
Let’s get you started with some great ideas on how to play charades. Players will act out the words with motions rather than speaking to get their team members to guess the correct answers.
It’s important to go over the rules of charades before you start the game so that everyone knows how to play. Similar to if you play a Minute to Win it Game or plan a White Elephant exchange that way there is no arguing about the winners.
Teams or Against the Clock
First, decide if you want to break up into teams with a larger group or race against the clock individually on a family game night.
Number of Rounds
Decide the number of rounds you will play before you start the game. For instance, each team will let each player go one time or two times. Each time everyone on your team has gone you’ve completed one round.
Set a Time Limit
Decide on the time limit that players have to act out the charade ideas.
Cut Up the Word List
Cut up your charades list and add the slips of paper into a bowl so no one can see what the words will be. You could even fold the pieces over so players don’t peak.
Choose the Player
Pick the player or actor to start for your team or which individual to start if playing against the clock. For instance, you can choose the youngest person on the team to start.
The players will all rotate so everyone gets a chance to act out the words. The first person or actor picks out of a bowl one of the charade words and starts when the timer is ready.
Act it Out
A player will have a time limit of 1 minute to use hand gestures and motions to act out the word on their slip of paper. They may not talk! If they do they automatically lose the point. This is a great time to work on your acting skills (:
Players can use some common Charades signs and hand motions to help act out the words. For instance, the number of fingers when you start indicates the number of words in your clue.
Make sure to have paper and pen to write down the score as you go under each team’s name.
Playing in Teams – If the player’s team guesses correctly in under 1 minute they get a point. If they do not guess correctly the other team gets a chance to make one guess. If the other team guesses correctly they get the point.
Playing Individually – The person who guesses the answer correctly in under 1 minute gets the point.
If no one guesses correctly no points are awarded and you go on to the next actor/player.
After the pre-determined number of rounds the team or individual who has the most points wins the game.
Charades Categories & Word Lists
There are ten different Charades categories in this printable set – Animals, Food, Things to Do, Sports, Disney, Places, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.
Each category has a list of words with good charades ideas to go with the theme.
Our free printable Charades Ideas for Kids has all eight charade categories and word lists you’ll find below.
You can click below to download your funny charades ideas now or keep reading to check out the lists of words.
Food Charades Words
Corn on the Cob
Animal Charades Words
Disney Movie Charades Words
The Little Mermaid
Things to Do Charades Words
Ride a Bike
Take a Nap
Do the Limbo
A Pillow Fight
Licking Ice Cream
Rowing a Boat
Climb a Tree
Build a Snowman
Playing Card Games
Playing Duck Duck Goose
Drive a Car
Read a Book
Mow the Lawn
Sports Charades Ideas
Places Charades Ideas
Christmas Charades Cards
Enjoy these funny Christmas Charades Ideas as fun Christmas games at Christmas Parties with the whole family.
Home Alone Movie
Elf on the Shelf
Decorating a Gingerbread House
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Let it Snow
Little Drummer Boy
Halloween Charades Ideas
Trick or Treat
Bobbing for Apples
Go on Hayride
Valentine’s Day Charades
Fun Valentine’s Day Charades Themed words. Find even more Valentine’s Day Games to add to your holiday party.
Kissing a Frog
Box of Chocolates
Valentine’s Day Cards
Romeo & Juliet
Queen of Hearts
Candle Lit Dinner
Fun Easter Charades words for your holiday party.
Eating Jelly Beans
Going to Church
Hiding Easter Eggs
Are you ready to play a fun game of charades? This really is an easy game to play with both younger children and older children. Print it out now and play it at your next game night, birthday parties, or holiday parties.
Make Sure to Grab Your Free Printable Charades Ideas for Kids Words lists and be ready for your next party!
More Party Game Ideas for Kids
Keep the party going with more easy and fun party games for kids. Check out our Kids Party Page with tons of ideas and some of our favorites below.
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Family Game Nights
Family Game Nights can be so much fun but who has time to plan them?
Make planning a night at home with the kids stress-free with my Family Game Night Planner. It includes 12 family game ideas for each month of the year plus tips, food ideas & prizes.
All you have to do is print out your family game night planner and you’ll be ready for an awesome night at home with the kids.
Are you ready now to plan a fun party or your next family game night with these Charades Ideas for kids? I hope these easy charades categories & word lists will inspire you to enjoy playing games with your kids.
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