Looking for a way to liven up your next round of charades? Why not add a chase element to the game? One player acts out an activity, animal, or object for the other players. As soon as the correct answer is shouted out, the chase begins, with the “guessers” trying to tag the “actor” before they reach a designated safety zone. This version of the standard acting game certainly keeps all players on their toes!
1. Write one activity, animal, or item on a slip of paper. Make up as many as you want! You can even ask your players to help you come up with ideas, just make sure the ones you choose are “actable.”
2. Fold slips of paper in half and place in a bowl.
3. Designate the following three areas and mark them with a hula hoop or cone:
a. Safety zone (should be as far away as possible from the “acting” area)
b. Acting area (where the “actor” performs)
c. Peanut gallery (where all other players stand and watch the actor; should be at least 10 feet away from the actor)
How to Play
The object of the game is for one player to act out whatever item they pull from the bowl. The other players watch and shout out guesses. When the correct guess is yelled out, the actor points at the guesser, turns, and runs as fast as they can to the safety zone. If another player tags them before they get to the safety zone, then that player becomes the actor.
1. One player is chosen to be the actor and stands in the acting area. Everyone else stands spread out in the peanut gallery.
2. The player chooses a slip of paper from the bowl.
3. The player signals that they are ready, and then begins acting out the thing written on the slip of paper.
4. Players in the peanut gallery start yelling out guesses.
5. When the correct guess is yelled out by the peanut gallery, the actor points at the crowd, then turns as quickly as they can and runs to the safety zone.
6. As soon as the actor points, the peanut gallery can give chase.
7. The peanut gallery members try to tag the actor before they can reach the safety zone.
8. If someone tags the actor before they get to the safety zone, they are the next actor. If the
actor makes it to the safety zone, they remain the actor and pick another slip of paper.
9. Play as many rounds as you like.
1. Remember, no sound. All acting must be done silently.
2. When coming up with items to act out, make sure they are actable.
3. Remind the peanut gallery to be gentle with the actor, all that is needed is one tag.
4. Make sure that your playing field is free of tripping hazards.