These Creative Charades Ideas Are Great for Both Kids and Adults

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Family board games are great and scavenger hunts with the kids can be a blast, but nothing is more fun to kids and adults alike than a few rounds of charades. Playing charades is guaranteed to be a good time for people of all ages — the game tests your brain like riddles do all while pushing your creativity to new and hilarious heights without having to worry about intense game instructions or missing board game pieces. To get your game started off right, we've rounded up the best charades ideas and funny clues for adults and kids that range in difficulty from easy to hard.

If you're playing charades with kids primarily, you may want to opt for the charades categories below that involve animals, Disney characters, and kid-friendly movies. As for the adults, try challenging yourselves with the hard ideas section or try to act out the name of your favorite TV shows and songs (which is always a struggle). All in all, you can't go wrong with charades, so explore the action word suggestions below, select your favorites, and get ready for a night of pure fun.

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Charades Ideas for Kids

  • Swimming

  • Reading

  • Talking on the phone

  • Showering

  • Brushing your teeth

  • Eating

  • Making your bed

  • Smelling a flower

  • Blowing out birthday candles

  • Tying your shoes

  • Walking a dog

  • Playing video games

Charades Ideas for Teens

  • Driving a car

  • Skateboarding

  • Flipping pancakes

  • Whisking eggs

  • Vacuuming

  • Chopping wood

  • Tap dancing

  • Climbing a tree

  • Sunbathing

  • Sending a text

  • Shoveling snow

  • Building a sand castle

Charades Ideas for Adults

  • Hailing a taxi

  • Writing a check

  • Opening a gift

  • Practicing yoga

  • Typing an angry email

  • Going down a waterfall in a barrel

  • Boarding an airplane

  • Putting on mascara

  • Running on a treadmill

  • Playing the cowbell

  • Winning an award

  • Sleeping in a hammock

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Funny Charades Ideas

  • Doing a cannonball

  • Suppressing a sneeze

  • Losing your glasses

  • Putting on a wig

  • Having the hiccups

  • Riding a bull

  • Stubbing your toe

  • Slipping on a banana peel

  • Smelling something bad

  • Bouncing on a pogo stick

  • Pretending to be surprised

  • Changing a diaper

Good Charades Ideas

  • The Eiffel Tower

  • An erupting volcano

  • Jet lag

  • The sun

  • Bartender

  • The Statue of Liberty

  • Stage fright

  • Pickpocket

  • Disney World

  • Food fight

  • Nightmare

Hard Charades Ideas

  • Shopping spree

  • Mount Rushmore

  • Traffic jam

  • Lifeguard

  • Lightbulb

  • Segway

  • Car mechanic

  • Dentures

  • Brain freeze

  • Bankruptcy

  • Bigfoot

  • Dragon

  • Yodeling

  • Sudoku

  • Alien abduction

  • Time travel

  • Black hole

  • Cabbage

  • Playing charades

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Animal Charades Ideas

  • Cat

  • Dog

  • Chicken

  • Horse

  • Rabbit

  • Snake

  • Elephant

  • Bird

  • Kangaroo

  • Monkey

  • Turtle

  • Frog

  • Fish

  • Sloth

Food Charades Ideas

  • Banana

  • Ice cream cone

  • Bubble gum

  • Hot dog

  • Corn on the cob

  • Spaghetti

  • Grapes

  • Milk and cookies

  • Popcorn

  • Chips and dip

  • Taco

  • Sushi

Sport Charades Ideas

  • Golf

  • Soccer

  • Ice hockey

  • Football

  • Baseball

  • Volleyball

  • Basketball

  • Tennis

  • Skiing

  • Bowling

  • Ballet

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Musical Instrument Charades Ideas

  • Guitar

  • Drums

  • Piano

  • Saxophone

  • Trumpet

  • Flute

  • Clarinet

  • Violin

  • Bongos

  • Trombone

  • Tamborine

Celebrity Charades Ideas

  • Beyoncé

  • Serena Williams

  • Elton John

  • Taylor Swift

  • Michael Jordan

  • Lady Gaga

  • Harry Styles

  • Charlie Chaplin

  • Cher

  • Sylvester Stallone

  • Elvis Presley

Movie Charades Ideas

  • Harry Potter

  • Finding Nemo

  • Frozen

  • Elf

  • Spider-Man

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

  • The Little Mermaid

  • The Lion King

  • Brave

  • Ratatouille

  • Jurassic Park

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TV Show Charades Ideas

  • Paw Patrol

  • Spongebob Squarepants

  • American Idol

  • Dora the Explorer

  • Friends

  • Peppa Pig

  • Modern Family

  • The Simpsons

  • Game of Thrones

  • The Walking Dead

  • Dancing with the Stars

Song Charades Ideas

  • "Singin' in the Rain"

  • "Call Me Maybe"

  • "Let It Go"

  • "Party in the U.S.A."

  • "We Don't Talk About Bruno"

  • "Baby Shark"

  • "Rock Around the Clock"

  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

  • "Like a Prayer"

  • "Jingle Bell Rock"

  • "Stairway to Heaven"

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