Fun Charade Topics for Teen Boys

By Susan Sherwood
Charades derives from a French game that dates back to the 1500s.
Charades derives from a French game that dates back to the 1500s.

"Movie!" "Three words!" This could be the start of a new round of charades, an active game where players mime words or phrases while their teammates guess. Although this game has been around for a long time, each generation puts its own spin on it. There are many charade topics that would appeal to a group of teenage boys.


Select the topics to be acted out. The teams then agree on predetermined gestures to indicate each topic, such as drawing a rectangle in the air to signal a television show. Next, teams consider the topics and generate ideas for their opponents, writing the words on slips of paper. Players determine the time allotted for each turn. To begin, an actor silently reads from a slip of paper and identifies the category to his team using the appropriate gesture. Next, the actor indicates the number of words in the answer by holding up corresponding fingers. From then on, it's up to the actor to portray the topic and the team to guess.

Traditional Topics

People have been using the charade categories of movies, books, music and television shows for years for good reason. These topics are widely-shared, significant pieces of pop culture. Teenage boys often discuss their favorite TV series, the film they just saw or a gripping series they are reading. These four classifications alone provide enough material for a game of charades, although you can mix and match them with other subjects, as well.

Electronic Topics

Many teen boys are hooked into their electronic devices: gaming systems, computers, tablets and smart phones. Electronics are excellent sources for charade ideas. Kids can act out the names of familiar websites, apps and games. Electronics might inspire enough ideas to be the sole topic, or you can incorporate it with others.


Whether boys are athletes, fans or both, sports is often a conversation topic. As such, it's a suitable category for charades. Kids can develop game ideas for a variety of subtopics, including teams, individual sports and events, sporting venues and athletes. If a particular sport is favored in your region -- for example, your city has a professional sports team -- the topic can be narrowed down that way. During an Olympic year, the events and international athletes provide many charade options. With enough interest, an entire game of charades can revolve around just sports.


This topic covers all sorts of folks: famous, infamous, friends, teachers. First and last names can be acted out separately. For instance, portray astronaut Neil Armstrong by kneeling, pointing to your arm and then miming a bodybuilder's pose. One the other hand, a name can be related as a whole idea. For Rosa Parks, pretend to get on a bus, pay your fare, sit down in the front and indicate you refuse to move. Teen boys will have fun impersonating (though, hopefully, not mocking) their peers, figures of authority and celebrities.

About the Author

Living in upstate New York, Susan Sherwood is a researcher who has been writing within educational settings for more than 10 years. She has co-authored papers for Horizons Research, Inc. and the Capital Region Science Education Partnership. Sherwood has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University at Albany.