Supplies:
  1. Slips of paper
  2. Pens, pencils
  3. Basket/bucket
  4. Timer (optional)
  5. Score board
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Setup: 

1. Begin by arranging teams amongst the guests. You can play without teams if you'd like.
2. Pass out slips of paper and a writing device. Let each person come up with a movie or T.V. scene, animal, character, etc. to write on the slip of paper. These pieces of paper will become the Charades options.
3. Select one person to be the "Timer." The timer can participate on a team as well, but their main focus needs to be to watch the time.
4. Somebody also needs to be selected to maintain the "Score board." Or, this can be one person from each team. If you aren't playing with teams you don't need a score recorder

How to Play: 

1. Select one team or person to be the first "actor" in the game.
2. This person will pick a slip of paper from the bowl, and begin to act it out to his/her teammates, or entire group (if playing without teams).
3. Team/audience has 1 minute to guess what the "actor" is trying to portray. But the actor MAY NOT provide any verbal clues or hints.
4. If the team can guess the action before the time goes off, they receive a point and then the other team can begin.
5. If the team is unable to guess correctly before the timer goes off, they receive NO POINT.
6. When not using teams, the audience member that guesses the action correctly becomes the next actor. If nobody is correct before the timer goes off, another volunteer is selected to be the new "actor."
7. There should be a new actor with each turn.

Activity Length: 
30 - 60 minutes
Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Senior
Competitiveness: 
Either/or (can be played either way)
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Indoor/Outdoor: 
Either
Noise Level: 
Semi-rambunctious
Number of Players: 
5 to 10
10 to 20
20+
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Space Needed: 
Small (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage)
Team Division: 
Teamwork! (divide into teams)