According to experts, a substantial portion of our communication is nonverbal. Every day, we
respond to thousands of nonverbal cues and behaviors including postures, facial expression,
eye gaze, gestures, and tone of voice. From our handshakes to our hairstyles, nonverbal details
reveal who we are and impact how we relate to other people.
How we handle ourselves, then, is as important as what we say aloud. This game can help us
get in touch with ourselves and think about how we nonverbally convey information.
One person will be chosen to start the game. The player thinks of a book title, a famous person’s name, a saying, a movie title, or a song title to pantomime. He should choose something with which the others will be familiar. If you like, designate a category like sports or Disney.
The player then pantomimes the word or phrase he’s chosen to the other players.
Here are some common clues used in charades:
● To indicate a book, pretend to read a book.
● To indicate a song, pretend to sing.
● To indicate a movie, pretend to crank an old movie camera.
● To indicate the number of words, hold up that many fingers. (Then hold up one finger
before pantomiming the first word, two fingers before the second, and so on.)
● To pantomime a word that rhymes with the word you want players to guess, first tug on
your ear to indicate “sounds like”
The first person to guess the word or phrase gets a point.
Keep track of the points earned by each player. The one with the most points at the end of the