Friday, August 7, 2009

French Charade Game

Materials:
none

Directions:
Choose five to seven kids to send out of the room, while everyone else decides on a situation which can be acted out without words. Then, bring in one of the kids sent out of the room. Explain the situation he or she will be acting out.

Now bring in the second kid. Without saying a word, kid #1 must act out the assigned plot for kid #2. Kid #2 may or may not understand the charade, but he or she must subsequently act out the same situation for the third kid, and so on. The last person must guess the original story line.

Remember, all of this is done in complete silence. Even the simplest charade can undergo a thorough metamorphosis after being passed down several times. If the last kid cannot guess the charade, kid #1 should perform it again and let the last person guess once more.

Examples:
  • Pull an elephant into the room on a rope. Tie the rope at a stake. Dip a rag in a pail and wash the side of the elephant jumping high to get all the way to the top. Crawl underneath, wash his belly and legs. Go the the front and wash the trunk inside and out and wash the elephant's ears as well. Finally, wash under his tail (hold your nose).
  • You are a high school beauty pageant contestant, anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner. Suddenly, you hear your name! You now step forward to receive your crown and roses. Then, come your victory walk down the aisle, waving to the crowd, you encounter many misfortunes. First, you are allergic to the roses, so you begin to sneeze, but you keep on going: waving ans sneezing to the crowd. Then, on the way back up the aisle, your high heel breaks and you finish the walk with one heel missing.
  • You are a pregnant mama bird about to give birth. You must fly around the room gathering materials for your nest. Once you make your nest, you lay your egg. Then, finish the charade by hatching the egg and finding a worm to feed your new baby.

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