What to do with this activity?
Charades is a guessing game for all the family. It's great fun, and it encourages imagination and communication skills. One person thinks of a film, a book or TV show title and, without speaking, acts out the words. The others make guesses about what is being shown. To start the game, you use a recognised sign to show either:
1) a film title - by pretending you are winding up an old fashioned film camera.
2) a book title - by putting both hands side by side with the palms up, as if reading a book.
3) a TV show title - by making a rectangle shape in front of your eyes.
Next, tell people how many words are in the title, by putting up that number of fingers; and tell them which word you are going to act out. Then it's about finding imaginative ways of communicating the words without speaking.
Have a look at this youtube video from Howcast for some more details on how to play. If you need some ideas for titles of films and books to act out, click on the PDF above right.
Why am I doing this?
Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.
How can I do more?
Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.
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