Charades -- it isn't just your parents' party game. Kids aged three and up can play a simplified version and express their inner ham or gain some confidence in front of their peers, siblings, or families. A great game idea for a party or other group, charades' rules are easy to grasp and concepts like common household items, songs, movies, books make it easy for everyone to play.
Topics for 3- to 5-Year Olds
Topics for young children must be familiar and common objects and items. Animals, household objects such as bowls, plates, toys or cars are good topic choices, giving your small child an opportunity to act out what she does with an item. Topics like television shows, books or songs may be too difficult for small children, so leave these topics for older children. Instead of having the child read the clue, you can whisper the word or concept or provide a picture. Pictures could also help a child decide how to act it out.
Topics for 6- to 9-Year Olds
Elementary school-aged children can think of ways to mime more complex ideas. They'll be familiar with many nursery rhymes, fairy tales and children’s books, so you could use familiar characters such as “Harry Potter,” “The Cat in the Hat,” Cinderella and the three bears. Kids this age can also mine familiar kids’ programs, songs or movies or verbs, such as crawl, drive, write or eat. Children from the third grade on should be able to play a more grown-up version of the game by miming the number of syllables by clapping them or holding up fingers.
Tweens have read more books, seen more movies, heard more songs and have a broader vocabulary than younger children, so these kids can tackle common charades topics, such as songs, movies, books and television shows. Tweens can topics can be based on themes, such as holidays, famous persons, sports, school subjects, or if there's a religious theme to your event, biblical characters or stories.
Teens can tackle any topic that adults or children can use. Teens may prefer more popular and up-to-date topics, such as current artists, sports figures, movies or music. Make the game more challenging by asking teens to mime adjectives or adverbs.