Animal charades

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Animal charades
Age Range 5-8 (grades 1-2)
Group Size medium (6-20)
Setting indoors, outdoors
Setup Time short (0-5 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min)
Materials none
Presentation Style active, interactive, student led

Brief Description

Animal charades is a circle game where students have to quickly strike an animal pose.


students will practice improvisation. Students will work together with those around them.

This Is How You Play

  1. Students stand in a circle
  2. Whoever is "it" points to someone in the circle and says the animal name (e.g., elephant, peacock, turtle).
  3. The person "it" pointed to then makes part of the animal with his or her body. If the student was an elephant, he or she could use their arms to make the elephants trunk.
  4. ALSO, students standing to the right and left of the selected student must help to make the animal. They could each make one of the elephants ears with their arms.
  5. If the three students don't make the animal fast enough, only the middle student becomes "it."
  6. This game is funny when you improvise - point to a camper and say, "Abraham Lincoln" or "fire hydrant."


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