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Rules For Charades
Let’s talk about the rules for charades…Charades is a word, or phrase, guessing game. It is an acting game in which one player acts out a word or phrase while the other players guess the word or phrase. The idea is to use physical language to communicate the meaning to another party. While Charades is often played at parties, it is traditionally played at Christmas and on New Year’s Eve.
The technical rules for charades are usually informal and vary widely, but most are in agreement on the basic rules on how to play charades:
First, the players divide into two teams.
Each team will have access to slips of paper, the ‘Charades Words’, or ‘Charades Ideas’.
These are a “secret” word or phrase, to be guessed by their other team members.
The most popular charades phrases are subjects everyone can relate to such as movies, TV Shows or Songs. (More about Charades Ideas).
The slip of paper with the secret phrase is revealed to one member of the team, the “actor”, but kept secret from the rest of his or her team, the “guessers”.
The actor then has a limited period of time, usually a minute, in which to convey the secret phrase to the guessers by acting or pantomime. Some play in a speed style where they guess as many as they can within that minute.
The actor may not make any sounds or lip movements. In some circles, even clapping or pointing is prohibited, while in others, the player may make any sound other than speaking and point to objects in the room. (More about Charades Rules Here). The actor is allowed to make any gestures other than actually spelling out the word.