Gesture Game Topics For Essays

10Aug 2007 by Blahman No Comments

React and Act! is a funny icebreaker in which players randomly select a sheet of paper that has an occurrence on it (for example, winning a million dollars in the lottery) and they must react to the occurrence using animated expressions, gestures, and words. After a set amount of time, other players try to guess what happened that caused those reactions and actions.

React and Act is an active icebreaker game that can work with a variety of group sizes. It can work for small groups of five people, or adapted for very large groups by selecting volunteers. This game is best played indoors. Materials required include paper, pens, and a bag. React and Act works with all ages, including adults.

Setup for React and Act

React and Act involves some preparation; however, this is part of the fun! Pass out sheets of paper and pens to the players. Have each person write an event. Tell them to be creative! Examples of events can include:

  • Being surprised by a large, aggressive bear in the woods
  • You just won the lottery
  • You have just been proposed for marriage with an engagement ring
  • You just got fired by an incompetent boss
  • Making the game winning pass to win the Superbowl
  • You just fell in love

Once everyone writes an event, fold the paper once and place it into the bag. Divide the group into two teams (or select five volunteers if it is a very large group).

Instructions for How to Play

Ask five people on each team to randomly select an event from the bag. Instruct them to react to this event, without explicitly giving away what the event is. Choose a time limit (usually 30 seconds to a minute works well) and when you say “Go!”, have all five people to simultaneously react to their event using exaggerated gestures, facial expressions, and their voice.

For example, the person who has just won the lottery could raise his or her arms and scream excitedly, jumping up and down. The person who has just confronted a bear might make a terrified look, shake in fear, and call for help. And so on. Each of the five actors can interact with each other, but they must stay “in character” and continue reacting and acting based upon what their sheet said.

After time expires, the other members of the team try to guess what happened for each person. If you wish to keep score, each team gets a point for each correct guess. This game is a great way to break the ice, while watching people act out silly (and usually hilarious) things.

Variations to Try

There are many variations to React and Act that changes the way the game is played. Try experimenting with these and see whether you like them.

  • No talking allowed, but noises are okay. This increases the difficulty of the game by a lot, but it can be more hilarious.
  • Narrator explains the event before each person acts.


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Charades Ideas

This hilariously funny team game that originated in France in the 16th Century is still an undoubted party favorite today! The perfect party word guessing game for 6 or more players of all ages.

There are a vast number of topics for this game and it's our happy task to provide you with charades ideas for as many of them as we can produce.

Adult charades is a sure way to fire up any fun night or dinner party with friends. Kids charades is a great game for birthday parties and any other time when you have to keep the kids busy. Charades is the ideal all-round party game. Also great to use as a fun teaching method!

On the following pages you will find Adult, Christmas, Kids, Silent, even Baby Shower Charades and more. Welcome to Charade World where you'll find a "host" of fun charades games for every occasion!

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~ Plato


  • A timer.
  • A score sheet and pencil.
  • Charade cards.
  • Snacks & drinks and you are ready to GO!

The goal is to act out a word or phrase or to pantomime similar sounding words to your team members within a specific time frame. Your team must guess the word or phrase correctly by means of the signals or clues that you provide, before time runs out!

The RULES OF CHARADES are informal and can be adapted to group preferences a few basic rules apply and are generally agreed upon.

If your guests are familiar with the game, GREAT! If not, it is a kind gesture to provide them with one of these printable sheets with the most commonly used CHARADE CLUES, SIGNALS or GESTURES.

Charades Ideas

Kids Charades Cards

The following charades ideas will help you to plan fun games for any event.

  1. ADULT CHARADES - Liven up dinner parties or simply have a fun games night with friends that will be hard to forget. Free printable charade cards.
  2. KIDS CHARADES - The perfect fun game for kids parties, kids camps and keeping kids entertained at basically... any event. Free printable charade cards.
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Fun Charades Games

Fun Games Like Charades

There are literally hundreds, these are recommended fun games that are based on this popular game, each with their own very unique twist.

Best Charades Games
  • GUESSTURES - High speed charade at its best. Get ready for hilarious family games nights. Ages: 8 yrs and UP.
  • CRANIUM - Cranium games are the most popular and best known charade games around, there are over 200 each with their own unique fun thermometer for every age.
  • TIME'S UP - Charade with optional 4th round rules, a cool electronic timer, rules for odd number of players.
  • HOOPLA - Charade with an extra 10-sided die and 3 wild tokens. A cross between party and card game. Ages: 13 and UP.
  • SNAPPLE - Fast-paced and refreshingly fun charades. Think of it as a bottomless bottle of snapple filled with facts instead of flavor.
  • ELECTRONIC CHARADES - Cranium's POP 5 and Cranium Turbo Edition as well as Electronic Guesstures are highly recommended.
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This is the place to ASK and TELL anything and everything about Charades!

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Do you need NEW charades ideas? Perhaps require suggestions for charade words or phrases for a specific topic or event? Do you need suggestions for gestures? Want to ask someone how they would act out or pantomime a certain word? Do you need clarification on a rule?

Whatever it is that you need to make your CHARADES GAMES fun and unique - this is the place to ask!

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