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by Melissa Elias (subscribe)
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Published December 29th 2015
Put away electronic device and have some simple fun
This is a classic game for all ages at any time of day. It's a great way to break the ice, get the group communicating and test out your own communication skills while the person guessing tests out their ability to ask solution questions under the pressure of time. There are a variety of takes on charades such as acting out the chosen picture or word and the group has to guess what you are to a group acting out a picture and one person guessing. This article will focus on picture / word charades where one person guesses what they are and everyone else will give the clues.

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What is it?

The game is about one person being given a picture or a word to stick on their forehead. The rest of the group can see the picture, but it is up to the person with the picture or word on their forehead to guess what they are. For example a picture of an apple or the word "lion".

How to play

There are various rules, here is a foundation for you to start with:

1. two or more players, of which one will guess and one will give clues

2. All players will have a piece of paper stuck to their forehead with a word or picture. They are not allowed to know what it is

3. The timer starts with 60 seconds on the clock

4. The person guessing needs to ask as many questions as possible to establish what they are. Questions such as "am I edible?", "am I sweet or savoury?", "am I hot or cold?"

5. When 60 seconds is up, move onto the next person, restart the time and begin questioning

6. The first person to guess what they are wins! Option: to keep the game going, use three coins or equivalent as a winning tally. Every time a person wins, they hand the coin in. No coins results in the grand winner.

How to make picture charades

You will need the following supplies

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Materials to make your own charade cards

Colour printer (alternative are colourful markers and drawing skills or magazine pictures or use a word such as "lion")
Sticky tape or double sided tape

Making guide

1. Search for animals, foods, people and objects on the internet. Don't make it too difficult, keep it light hearted

2. Print out in colour each picture and cut out into a size that can easily stick to the forehead. Alternatively cut out colour pictures from a magazine or stick the written word on the persons forehead

3. On the back of the paper, roll a piece of sticky tape so it can stick on both the paper and forehead

4. Voila, you have yourself your homemade charade game

Don't forget drinks, nibbles and lots of laughter!
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