Party Game


Take it in turns to act out films, books, shows and songs. Syllable by syllable, word by word or the whole thing.


- you can write ideas on bits of paper
- a hat to draw from

PLAYERS: 4 or more

AGES: 8 upwards

There are many ways to play charades, an old favourite, and one that always works well once you get started.
This is great for sleepovers, for family parties, and for any age group upwards from 8.


Sit in a circle and whisper to the player on your left the name of a film, book, show, or song. The player must then step into the circle and mime it for everyone to guess.

Before you start, you indicate the Category of charade it is.
– A film, you do the actions for a movie camera
– A stage show, you draw some curtains
– A book, you open a book
– A song, you hold both hands up to your mouth, as if shouting
– TV show, draw a rectangular TV set

Count the Words
– Count the number of words and first indicate that using your fingers.
– Then indicate which word you are then going to act.


Start acting the charade as follows
– To mime a syllable, tap a finger on your arm to show that you are miming the first syllable, two fingers for the second, etc.
– Touch your ear if you want to mime a “sounds like”. For example miming a “cat” when they are trying to guess “bat”
– To indicate that you are miming the whole thing rather than a syllable, draw a circle in the air.
small words are signed by holding the index finger and thumb close together, but not touching.
“The” is signed by making a “T” sign with the index fingers.
– Etc.


Version 2: Another way to play charades is to split into 2 teams, and take it in turns to come up with a book, play, film or musical. Select one player from the other team, who you tell the name to, and they then have 2 minutes to mime it to their team. Award points for getting it right in 1 minute, 2 minutes and for best acting skills.
Version 3: Or you can pull the charade out of a hat. This is the best way to play for sleepovers.