Charades

Duration:
30 minutes

Preferred location:
Outdoor place

Working method:
Outdoor, Team building, Communication, Cooperation

Materials:
Pieces of paper with key words, 8 bowls in total, 4 chairs in total

Purpose:

  • Building healthy competitiveness.
  • Evoking competition.
  • Improving vocabulary. 
  • Encouraging creative and fast thinking.

Instructions

  • Divide the group into 4 teams.
  • Each team needs to point out a participant from their own team to be the ‘guesser’.
  • The guesser needs to stay behind the chair and the other participants of the team need to create a line in front of the chair.
  • The teams have 2 minutes to find as many words as they can.
  • The guesser needs to take one paper and place it on his forehead without seeing the word.
  • After that each participant needs to describe one word at a time doing only pantomime.
  • When the time is over the 2 teams who have found the most words are going to compete with each other to have the winning team.

Debriefing

  • How did you feel during the activity?
  • Was it hard for you when you were not able to speak?
  • How did you feel when you lost in the competition with your team?
  • What went wrong and what you would change?
  • If you would play it again would you change the person who was the ‘guesser’?

Possible alternatives

  • The game can be played with a different number of teams.
  • It can also take place in a different location (outdoor or indoor locations).
  • The duration of the game is decided by the facilitator.
  • When a team continues to win every time they can choose a different ‘guesser’ until the final round.

Remarks

Make sure you give clear instructions while sticking to the pre-defined timeframes. It’s wise to supervise the teams since they can easily decide to cheat.