200 Charades Ideas for 2021 That are Crazy-Fun!

Stumped for Charades Ideas? We Have 200 You’ll Love! (Updated 2021!)

It can be hard finding a game that’s suitable and challenging enough for the whole family.

We have a HUGE list of outdoor games for the whole family here!

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Since readers loved those so much, we thought we’d give you more games the entire family can enjoy!

Charades is one of the games that parents love for their children to play.

It requires quick thinking, creativity, and it doesn’t leave a yucky mess to clean up.

This is a game that’s great for building teamwork between families and friends!

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How to Play Charades

If you’ve never played charades, here’s how you do it.

Split up into two teams.

Ideally, each team will have the same number of players so no team has an advantage.

Write words or phrases on paper.

The words and phrases can be almost anything.

Generally, popular categories include names of songs, book titles, movies, and television shows.

When you’re playing with children, you might want to add cartoons to the category mix.

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Place paper into a bowl or pile.

Each team should fold the slips of paper and place them into a bowl or pile.

Choose the starting team.

Pick which team goes first.

Have a player from that team draw one of the slips that the other team has written down and act it out for his teammates.

Keep Score During Charades

To score a point, the team must correctly guess what’s on the slip before the time agreed upon by each side elapses. 

Make sure you have a stopwatch handy so you can keep an eye on the time — that way the game is fair for both teams.

A good rule of thumb is to give players three minutes to figure out each answer. 

Choose the Winning Team

The winner can be determined in one of two ways — the team that guesses the most charades correctly or the total time needed to figure out all the answers combined.

If you go with the total time, you’ll need to keep precise track of how long each answer takes and tally it up at the end. 

Tips for Using Some Common Gestures during Charades

To make things easier, you’ll need to know some basic shortcuts that will help each team with their guesses.

Here are some of my favorites!

Better Charades Game Tip #1:

To let your teammates know how many words your answer has, you’ll hold up the number of fingers that corresponds to how many words there are.

For example, if you drew the book, The Grapes of Wrath, you’d hold up four fingers.

Do this at the start of your turn.

Better Charades Game Tip #2:

If there’s a keyword you want to act out first, use your finger system to let players know.

If you want to act out the second word, hold up two fingers right after showing them how many words there are.

Better Charades Game Tip #3:

To let your teammates know it’s a book, unfold your hands, just as you would to open a book.

Movies are generally indicated by pretending you’re cranking an old-time camera.

To show you’re talking about a television show, you’d draw the shape of television in front of you in the air.

For a song, you’d act like you were singing.

Fun right?

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Easy Charade Ideas for Beginners and Young Kids

This category is best for young children or for complete beginners.

You might need to do easier concepts, like sports and animals, for kids to feel successful at charades.

Adding a category all about emotions is great for pre-school children who won’t have the most sophisticated acting skills yet. 

Although the concepts or ideas won’t be sophisticated, you’ll be surprised at how hard your child laughs when it’s your turn to pretend to be something silly like an elephant. 

Sports and Activities Charade Ideas that are Easy

  1. Basketball
  2. Volleyball
  3. Golf
  4. Tennis
  5. Baseball
  6. Bowling
  7. Swimming
  8. Fishing
  9. Sleeping
  10. Drinking
  11. Eating
  12. Running
  13. Driving
  14. Jumping rope
  15. Playing drums
  16. Guitar playing
  17. Brushing teeth
  18. Karate

Easy Charades: Animals

  1. Dog
  2. Cat
  3. Bear
  4. Lion
  5. Pig
  6. Chicken
  7. Frog
  8. Bird
  9. T-Rex
  10. Horse
  11. Snake
  12. Elephant
  13. Cow

Easy Charades Ideas: Famous Characters

  1. Cookie Monster
  2. Peppa Pig
  3. Batman
  4. Spider-Man
  5. The Incredible Hulk
  6. Donald Duck
  7. Captain Hook
  8. Elsa from Frozen

Easy Charades Ideas: Emotions

  1. Sad
  2. Happy
  3. Angry
  4. Scared
  5. Surprised
  6. Bored

Easy Charades Ideas: Popular Movies

  1. Star Wars
  2. Up
  3. Frozen
  4. The Emoji Movie
  5. Cars

Medium-level Charade Ideas or for Tweens and Teens

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For more experienced charades players, you can crank up the difficulty level some.

These ideas will be challenging, but not overwhelming.

When you’re playing with the family, these are more suited for junior high-aged children. 

Movies for Medium Level Charades

51.The Lion King

52. Moana

53. Bolt

54. Shrek

55. The Princess and the Frog

56. The Little Mermaid

57. The Nightmare Before Christmas

58. Matilda

59. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

60. Peter Rabbit

61. Holes

62. Night at the Museum

63. Annie

64. Aladdin

65. Pirates of the Carribean

66. Lego Movie

67. Inside Out

Characters for Medium Level Charades

68. Robin Hood

69. The Grinch

70. Garfield

71. Spider Man

72. Baymax

73. Sherlock Holmes

74. Fancy Nancy

75. Winnie the Pooh

76. Snow White

77. Rapunzel

Books for Medium Level Charades Ideas

Books are always a favorite topic in classic charades!

78. Where the Wild Things Are

79. The Cat in the Hat

80. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

81. To Kill a Mockingbird

82. The Wizard of Oz

83. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

84. Goodnight Moon

85. The Giving Tree

86. Stone Soup

87. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

88. Charlotte’s Web

89. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

90. Little Women

91. Anne of Green Gables

92. Corduroy

93. The Secret Garden

94. The Snowy Day

95. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

96. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

97. The Jungle Book

98. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

99. The Little Engine That Could

100. Stuart Little

101. Matilda

102. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

103. Curious George

104. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

105. Fahrenheit 451

106. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

107. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Songs for Medium Level Charades Ideas

108. Tomorrow

109. The Adams Family

110. Baby Shark

111. Let it Go

112. It’s the Hard Knock Life

113. 99 Bottles of Pop

114. A Whole New World

115. Part of Your World

116. Under the Sea

117. Fly Me to the Moon

118. The Wheels on the Bus

119. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman

120. You’ve Got a Friend in Me

121. My Favorite Things

122. Do Re Mi
123. I’m a Little TeaCup

124. You are My Sunshine
125. Bicycle Built for Two
126. Baby Bumblebee
127. Climb Every Mountain
128. It’s a Small World After All

129. I Love You, You Love Me
130. Itsy Bitsy Spider

Television Shows for Medium Level Charades Ideas

131. Paw Patrol

132. Blue’s Clues

133. Mickey Mouse Club

134. Doctor Who

135. Lost

136. Callilou

137. Thomas the Train

138. Sesame Street

139. Fancy Nancy

140. Spiderman

Advanced and Difficult Charade Games Ideas

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You and your family had better put on your thinking caps for these ideas.

These ideas are harder to act out and to figure out.

You’ll feel like a genius when you can pull some of these off. 

Popular Songs for Advanced Charades Ideas

141. God Bless the USA

142. Stop in the Name of Love

143. Don’t Worry Be Happy

144. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

145. Unforgettable

Books for Advanced Charades Ideas

146. Robinson Caruso

147. Pride and Prejudice

148. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

149. Anne of Green Gables

150. A Wrinkle in Time

151. Lord of the Flies

152. White Fang

153. Charlotte’s Web

Movies Ideas for Advanced Charades

154. Rocky

155. Annie

156. Home Alone

157. Sound of Music

158. Home

159. Old Yeller

160. King Kong

161. Ice Age

162. Finding Nemo

163. Smith Family Robinson

164. The Mighty Ducks

165. Toy Story

166. Inside Out

TV Shows for Advanced Charades

167. Pioneer Woman Cooking Show

168. Cupcake Wars

169. Unsolved Mysteries

170. Andy Griffith

171. Little House on the Prairie

172. Mandalorian

173. Fixer Upper

People for Advanced Charades

174. Albert Einstein

175. President Donald Trump

176. Abraham Lincoln

177. Jeff Bezos

178. Michael Phelps

179. Tim Tebow

180. Patrick Henry

181. Michael Jordan

182. Leonardo Da Vinci

183. Walt Disney

184. Dabo Swinney

185. Kate Middleton

186. Arnold Schwarzenegger

187. Mr. Rogers

188. Benjamin Franklin

189. George Washington

190. Oprah Winfrey

Characters for Advanced Charades

192. Tigger

193. Big Bird

194. King Arthur

195. Merlin

196. Sherlock Holmes

197. Scooby-Doo

198. Luke Skywalker

199. Baymax

200. Grogu

Make Charades a Fun Family Time

Playing charades gives you a way to have a fun family night, and it’s totally free, which makes it a good option for cash-strapped families. 

We have an entire stash of ideas for a fun, family night here! Including games and snacks ideas!

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If you have a little room in your budget, you can make a big production out of family night.

You can make snacks for everyone to enjoy, and you can invite your children’s grandparents to participate too. 

Soon, everyone in the family will be looking forward to the charades parties you host. 

About the Author:

Amy Anthony is a stay-at-home-mom, seasoned writer, and a home cleaning and organization authority. Amy enjoys having an absolutely spotless home and has worked hard to develop
strategies to keep it that way, despite having 2 kids and 3 dogs!

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