Lots and Lots of Words

When you use words to communicate, you have a lot to choose from. The average American's vocabulary is around 10,000 words -- 15,000 if you are really smart! The famous writer William Shakespeare had a vocabulary of over 29,000 words.

Face Charades

Face charades provides a way for kids to see if others can guess how they're feeling -- without saying a word. This indoor game resembles regular charades, only players portray emotions rather than words or phrases.

What You'll Need:

  • Pens or pencils
  • Paper
  • Cup or hat

Step One: Before you begin, have each person write three or four emotions on different pieces of paper.

Step Two: Fold them up, and put them into a cup or hat.

Step Three: Each player takes a turn drawing an emotion out of the cup and then acting it out for the other players. This must be done without making any sound and without moving any part of the body except for the face and head. That's right -- no hand, arm, leg, or other body motions.

The following are some feelings and emotions to start out with. How many more can you think of?

  • HAPPINESS
  • SADNESS
  • SHYNESS
  • SURPRISE
  • HUNGER
  • ANGER
  • LOVE
  • CONFUSION
  • FRIGHT
  • SLEEPINESS
  • DISGUST
  • BOREDOM

Playing charades requires acting skills. Continue reading to learn how to put on an entertaining show.

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