150 Charades Ideas That are Crazy-Fun!

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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!

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


  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

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


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

Popular Movies

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

Medium-level Charade Ideas or for Tweens and Teens

charades game ideas 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. 


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


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


78. Where the Wild Things Are

79. The Cat in the Hat

80. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

81. The Hunger Games

82. To Kill a Mockingbird

83. The Wizard of Oz


84. Tomorrow

85. The Adams Family

86. Baby Shark

87. Let it Go

88. It’s the Hard Knock Life

89. 99 Bottles of Pop

90. A Whole New World

91. Part of Your World

92. Under the Sea

93. Fly Me to the Moon

94. The Wheels on the Bus

95. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman

Television Shows

96. Paw Patrol

97. Blue’s Clues

98. Mickey Mouse Club

99. Doctor Who

100. Lost

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

101. God Bless the USA

102. Stop in the Name of Love

103. Don’t Worry Be Happy

104. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

105. Unforgettable


106. Robinson Caruso

107. Little Women

108. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

109. Anne of Green Gables

110. A Wrinkle in Time

111. Lord of the Flies

112. White Fang

113. Charlotte’s Web


114. Rocky

115. Annie

116. Home Alone

117. Sound of Music

118. Home

119. Old Yeller

120. King Kong

121. Ice Age

122. Finding Nemo

123. Smith Family Robinson

TV Shows

124. Pioneer Woman Cooking Show

125. Cupcake Wars

126. Unsolved Mysteries

127. Andy Griffith

128. Little House on the Prairie

129. Mandalorian

130. Fixer Upper


131. Albert Einstein

132. President Donald Trump

133. Abraham Lincoln

134. Jeff Bezos

135. Michael Phelps

136. Tim Tebow

137. Patrick Henry

138. Michael Jordan

139. Leonardo Da Vinci

140. Walt Disney

141. Dabo Swinney

142. Kate Middleton

143. Arnold Schwarzenegger


144. Tigger

145. Big Bird

146. King Arthur

147. Merlin

148. Sherlock Holmes

149. Scooby-Doo

150. Luke Skywalker

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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