48 Awesome Emotion Charades Ideas for Kids

Last Updated on April 15, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Looking for a fun game to lighten your mood? Turn that frown upside-down with Emotion Charades! This game is fun for the whole family, so don’t feel shy! Grab yours today!

emotion charades cards printable with orange border.

Emotion Charades

Does your family love to play charades? It’s so much fun! My kids love the chance to flex their acting skills and make each other laugh as they act out each clue. Even the little ones can join in the fun, because charades is so easy to adjust for any age.

Some of our favorites have been Family Charades and Disney Charades. Once we bust out those charades cards, we know the fun is about to begin, so we were so excited to try Emotion Charades! 

We have the best time playing Emotion Charades! It’s a great opportunity to explore all the different emotions we feel and put a name to them, and to do it in a way that is relaxed and fun for everyone. 

You’ll giggle at each exaggerated expression of emotion, and try to guess what emotion the actor is portraying! 

Be sure to grab our Emotion Charades printable cards for your next family game night!

Why I Love Charades

Charades is the perfect family game after a busy week because it is so easy to set up and start playing! All you need are these printable cards, your family or friends, and you are ready to start having fun together! 

Charades has simple, easy-to-follow rules, which makes it a great game for any age. Whether you have preschoolers, teens, or adults in the game, you’ll all have a fun time playing together! 

You can adjust charades for small or large groups, and play it in almost any setting, whether at home, at school, or at a party with friends. 

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How to Play Emotion Charades

First, divide into at least two teams. If you have a large group, multiple teams can make things easier. Or, two people can play just by taking turns acting for the other person.

Next, decide who will go first. You can decide this however you choose! Flip a coin, play paper-rock-scissors, or come up with your own silly method! 

To start the game, an actor from the first team chooses a card and then acts it out without using their mouth at all, not even to mouth words. The rest of the team has just one minute to guess. 

If they guess correctly, they get a point! However, if they don’t guess it correctly, the other team has only one chance to guess it and steal the point, so make sure your guess is a good one!

The game is over when everyone has had a turn, you’ve run out of charades cards, or you’ve reached a predetermined amount of points. Whoever has the highest points wins! Celebrate with a goodie or a prize! 

Tips for Playing Emotion Charades

  • I recommend going over the rules with everyone before you play to make sure everyone understands them. This can help avoid a lot of confusion or frustration during the game. 
  • Don’t forget to use your hands! Actors can indicate to their team how many words to guess by holding up that many fingers. 
  • Don’t be afraid to get into the acting and be a little silly! You’ll have a lot more fun when everyone can laugh! 

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  • Laminator / Laminating Sheets- Again for added durability grab a laminator and laminating sheets so that you can use this again and again!
  • Scissors (seriously love these ones)
  • Dry Erase Pens- Use dry erase pens so that you can wipe your laminated printable clean over and over again for endless use!

Emotion Charades Ideas

  • Joy
  • Surprised
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Disgust
  • Fear
  • Shame
  • Shyness
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Calm
  • Interest
  • Relief
  • Hope
  • Pride
  • Confuse
  • Satisfaction
  • Trust
  • Love
  • Great
  • Anticipation
  • Friendship
  • Envy
  • Kindness
  • Pity
  • Craving
  • Excitement
  • Grumpy
  • Horror
  • Empathetic Pain
  • Awkwardness
  • Adoration
  • Hatred
  • Guilt
  • Powerful
  • Upset
  • Focused
  • Refreshed
  • Ambitious
  • Charmed
  • Optimistic
  • Bossy
  • Nervous
  • Impatient
  • Curious
  • Kind
  • Silly

What other emotions would you add to these emotion charades cards? Share in the comments!

Love Charades? Try these other great charade games!

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