Reverse Charades Game with 50 Printable Ideas

Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Reverse Charades is such a fun family game! If you love laughing and having a good time this is the game for you! Get your family and friends together and have a blast!

Feature: Reverse charades printable cards with green border

Reverse Charades

I absolutely love Reverse Charades! It’s a fun spin off from regular charades. Instead of having a team try to guess the actions of one person it’s flipped! One person tries to guess the actions of their whole team! I love being the guesser in reverse charades! Not because I’m particularly good at guessing, but because I love watching my team do different silly gestures to try and make me guess the same word! 

This game really encourages family bonding and cooperation! You have to all work together as a group to get points. It doesn’t work as well if someone is not invested! You can have some friendly competition with your family as well by wagering who picks dessert or the next game to play. I know my family always has a blast when we play this game! 

It’s also great as a game between friends! I remember many days growing up where we would play reverse charades at parties and things! It really gets you out of your shell! I’ve met many friends that way! 

pin image: Reverse charades with kids playing

How To Play Reverse Charades

One of the reasons I love this game is because there is no setup or clean up! All you need are our reverse charades printable cards! It’s also super easy to learn and play! Anyone can do it! 

Here’s how you play reverse charades

  1. Split up into groups of at least 3 people. I personally think the bigger the group the more fun!
  2. Decide who is going to be the guesser first. You can do this in fun ways if you want like the shortest, the person with the most freckles, the fastest mile, etc. 
  3. A timer will be set for 1 minute.
  4. During that time, the team going first will try and get through as many cards as possible. When you pick up a card your team is going to try and act out whatever is on the card. You can’t use any words and you can’t mouth anything either. 
  5. When the minute is up you’ll tally up the number of cards the guesser was able to guess right. 
  6. The other team will then take their turn and so on and so on until either the cards are done, or a certain number of points is reached. If you need more charade ideas you can find an entire list on our site or try some of our favorites like Charades for teens, Bible charades, Disney charades, or even Thanksgiving Charades
  7. Once you’re done you’ll proclaim a winner and enjoy the victory! Don’t forget the celebration dance while you are at it!

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Helpful Hints for Playing Reverse Charades

  • For the guesser’s benefit it’s best if the actors display the number of words the guesser needs to guess with their hands (ex. If the word was peanut butter and jelly, the actors would home up 4 fingers)
  • If there is a word your guesser just can’t guess, skip it. You’ll be able to move on to words they can guess rather than spending all your time on one card. 
  • Have some yummy treats for after. The winners get first picks! 

Reverse Charades List

Grab our reverse charades cards that you can download and print to always have on hand! Laminate them for added durability. Or just see our reverse charades list below if you don’t feel like printing anything out today!

  • tent
  • two front teeth
  • pigtail
  • hug
  • seatbelt
  • black eye
  • bark
  • nap
  • witch
  • fly swatter
  • banana peel
  • dogpile
  • monkey bars
  • toothpaste
  • blowing a kiss
  • backpack
  • making the bed
  • point
  • toilet
  • dentist
  • swallow
  • twister
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • food fight
  • bicycle
  • twins
  • dental floss
  • windshield wipers
  • barbershop
  • Harry Potter
  • tug-of-war
  • volleyball
  • Olympics
  • Star Wars
  • camping
  • zoo
  • library
  • ice fishing
  • hitchhike
  • amputation
  • spoon
  • the wave
  • crab walk
  • leapfrog
  • hula hoop
  • flight attendant
  • chess
  • caterpillar
  • mannequin
  • slam dunk

What reverse charades ideas would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

Other Games to Try!

Love Charades? Try these other great charade games!

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