Playing charades

@Fleura (16137)
United Kingdom
June 23, 2021 2:38pm CST
Do any of you play charades? The MyLotter @m_audrey6788 asked about childhood games. I didn’t really play board games much as I didn’t have any siblings, my parents were often too busy to play, and when I played with my friends we were almost always outside. One of us would go to another’s house, knock on the door and timidly ask ‘Can so-and-so come out to play?’ and if they were allowed they would be ushered outside. Then we might go on to another friend’s house to ask if they could play too. We rarely went inside one another’s homes. Consequently board games didn’t really feature much. But one thing we did play when we didn’t feel like running around was ‘Charades’ as this didn’t require any materials. So for those of you who haven’t heard of this, I will try to explain. Charades is a miming game, where one person tries to ‘act out’ clues for others to guess. We used to just play where one person thought of a subject and then mimed, and the others guessed, but you can also play in teams where one team gives one member of the other team the subject and the rest of the team have to guess it. Anyway, the subject can be the title of a book, TV show, play or film. The person miming uses particular gestures to indicate which one - opening hands for a book, drawing a square shape in the air for TV, miming opening curtains for a play, and miming operating a handle-cranked film camera for a film. For something which is more than one - a book and a film for example - just do more than one gesture. They then hold up fingers to indicate the number of words in the title. Once this is guessed, they hold up the appropriate number of fingers for the word they are going to mime first. Certain words have their own gestures. For example holding up one index finger with the other across the top of it to make a ‘T’ indicates ‘the’. Holding finger and thumb close together indicates a small word such as ‘a’ or ‘an’ or ‘of’ or ‘in’ etc. Putting the flat hand, palm down, on top of the head indicates a person’s name. The person miming can only nod or shake their head to indicate whether guesses are correct or not. For other words they have to make up their own actions. For long words, they can break them up into syllables if they prefer - this is indicated by placing fingers in the crook of the opposite elbow, first showing the total number of syllables, then showing which one is about to be acted. Some titles that you think might be easy are much more difficult, and vice versa - for example ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ might seem difficult, but there’s a good chance that as soon as you indicate that the first two words are a name someone will immediately shout out ‘Harry Potter’ and from there it’s pretty easy. Something like ‘Watership Down’ on the other hand, is much harder! We used to (and still do) have a lot of fun playing this, as children and as adults, and it is something that absolutely anyone can play anywhere. No materials are needed, and it can be tailored to any age-group simply by the choice of subjects. I believe you can now buy a boxed version of this game but that’s just someone cashing in on an old idea for people who have no imagination! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2021.
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@BelleStarr (60777)
• United States
23 Jun
Gosh it has been years but sure I’ve played and enjoyed charades.
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@Tampa_girl7 (46563)
• United States
23 Jun
It’s been a long time since I’ve played too.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
We have just started to play it sometimes now Little One is old enough to join in properly.
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@CarolDM (145930)
• United States
23 Jun
I have played charades many years ago. Fun times.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
It can be good fun for any group of people.
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@CarolDM (145930)
• United States
24 Jun
@Fleura I agree.
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@Tampa_girl7 (46563)
• United States
23 Jun
I haven’t played charades in years. It’s a lot of fun.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
I haven't played much for quite a while. We have played a couple of times recently now Little One is old enough to do it properly.
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@rebelann (87500)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jun
I know what it is but have never played it. It does sound like fun.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
Give it a try if you can get a few people together!
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@rebelann (87500)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Jun
I am single and most of my friends are married with grandchildren so there isn't any possibility to get any games started, they have better things to do.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
@rebelann That's a shame, maybe you could organise a party!
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@JudyEv (249974)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Jun
I believe this was popular with the Queen when she was young.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
I did say anyone could play it lol. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't still play it at the family Christmas parties!
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@JudyEv (249974)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Jun
@Fleura I'm sure the family is quite 'normal' in a few respects.
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@allknowing (94666)
• India
24 Jun
We called it dumb charades and yes we always played that mostly at parties.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
It's a good game for any size group isn't it?
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@allknowing (94666)
• India
24 Jun
@Fleura I am kind of an organizer of parties and yes this did help bring some excitement at parties.
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@thelme55 (71935)
• Germany
23 Jun
I love playing charade. The last time I did it with my friends and our families was the last Christmas before the pandemic came.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
Hopefully those Christmas get-togethers will happen again very soon!
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@thelme55 (71935)
• Germany
24 Jun
@Fleura Hopefully. I would love that.
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@RasmaSandra (44491)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Jun
I know Charades it is a fun game but I was an only child so I only played it sometimes with other children, I was mostly into drawing and coloring books and found ways to use my imagination, I never had an opportunity to play Charades as an adult,
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
I was never a great artist but I was a real bookworm! And I played with Lego and with plasticine when I was on my own. Charades is a good party game for adults too. You can just pick titles from the host's bookshelf. I distinctly remember one time a friend having to act out 'National Westminster Bank Report and Accounts 1976' which took absolutely ages as you can imagine!
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@xFiacre (9645)
• Ireland
23 Jun
@fleura I’m useless at it and get very frustrated when people don’t get it. I think my frustration is what amuses some people.
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
That could well be true.
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• Preston, England
23 Jun
It can be a fun game
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
It can be, and is easy to do anywhere.
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@m_audrey6788 (47096)
• Germany
24 Jun
That sounds like Pictionary game to me. It is a fun game. Thank you for sharing
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@Fleura (16137)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun
Yes I guess it is a bit like that - except you don't need to be artistic and you don't need anything at all to play it with.
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• Germany
24 Jun
@Fleura Yes
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