Charade rules on how to play

70s games based on films, books and musicals


The game charades can be a lot of fun, whether you are twelve or fifty – whether you are celebrating a birthday, a wedding, or an anniversary. This party game is considered a classic due to the fact that it can be played so easily. It requires no extensive set up, no props, no overly complicated rules, and it is very easy to understand.

If you fancy whipping out a game of team charades at your next 70s themed party, keep in mind that there are a few rules which need to be followed.

What are the hand signals for charades?

Syllables – this one is the easiest, because all you have to do (to indicate the number of words as well) is to hold the relevant number of fingers in front of you.

Book – make the recognized signal for book, by holding both hands (palm up) in front of you and using an alternating open and close motion.

Film – again, make the recognized signal for a movie camera, by holding a fist in front of your eye (but leaving space to look through it like a lens) and then turning the other as if you are winding up film.

Television – simple trace out an imaginary television set in the air with your fingers.

Music – the classic signal for music or song is a little old fashioned, so you might want to go with something a bit flashier and more obvious. What could be clearer than a little dance?

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