50+ Awesome Zoo Charades Ideas + Printable Cards

Last Updated on April 23, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Looking to shake up your next game night? Your family will love playing Zoo Charades! Don’t miss out on this fun game that is sure to get everyone acting silly and laughing together! Grab your printable cards today! 

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Zoo Charades

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What’s the next best thing to going to the zoo? Playing Zoo Charades, of course! 

You’ll love seeing how this game brings out creativity and teamwork in your kids as they work together in teams to play and have fun together! 

We always end up getting a little silly with our actions and guesses, which makes it so much more fun. 

It’s almost impossible to contain your giggles as you watch each other act out each card and try to guess what it is! 

Charades is always one of the most requested games at our house, and that’s because it is so easy for everyone to play! 

Little kids, big kids, and even grandparents love to get in the mix when we get out our charades cards! 

Some of our favorites have been Reverse Charades, Verb Charades, and Animal Charades, so I knew Zoo Charades would be a hit! I know your family will love it too, so be sure to grab your printable Zoo Charades cards for your next game night! 

Why I Love Charades

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My family loves playing charades! It’s so easy to set up, so it’s always our go-to game for any time we want to kick back, relax, and have fun as a family. 

Just download, print, and you are all set for a fun game night together! 

Charades is great for any age, because the rules are easy to understand and follow. Preschoolers, teens, and adults can all have fun playing together! If a have a non-reader yet our picture charades is perfect for them! 

You can also adapt charades for small or large groups, and play in almost any setting! You’ll love charade at home, at school, at a party, or on vacation! 

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How to Play Zoo Charades

  • Download and print your Zoo Charades cards, and then cut them up. You may want to laminate them for added durability. 
  • Place them in a bowl or hat.
  • Divide your group into two or more teams. If you have a large group, it might be easier to form multiple teams.
  • Decide who will take the first turn. To do this, you can roll a die, flip a coin, have a staring contest, or come up with your own fun and silly method! 
  • An actor from the first team chooses a card and then acts it out. Don’t forget, they must not use their mouth at all, not even to mouth out the words! The rest of the team has one minute to guess. If they guess correctly, they get a point! 
  • If that team doesn’t guess the correct answer within a minute, the other team has one chance to guess it and steal the point. They only get one guess, so make sure everyone agrees on a good guess!
  • The game is over when everyone has had a turn, when you’ve run out of zoo charades cards, or when you’ve reached a predetermined amount of points. Whoever has the highest points wins!

Tips for Playing Zoo Charades

  • Review the rules of the game beforehand to make sure everyone understands them. This can help avoid any confusion or frustration during the game. 
  • Remember that actors can use their hands to indicate how many words their team should guess.
  • Don’t be afraid to let loose and be goofy when acting out the cards! This is what makes it fun, and it just might help your team guess the right answer!
  • You’ll definitely want to play this again, so it’s a good idea to laminate your charades cards to make them last!
  • Having prizes for the winners can make things extra exciting and fun! I like to give out some favorite treats or small toys.

50+ Zoo Charades Ideas

  1. Animal trainer
  2. Jaguar
  3. Zebra
  4. Birds
  5. Panda
  6. Brown bear
  7. Sloth hanging on a branch
  8. Tour bus
  9. Kangaroo
  10. Alligator
  11. Hippopotamus
  12. Tiger
  13. Elephant
  14. Ostrich
  15. Rhinoceros
  16. Zoo Staff
  17. Tickets
  18. Gift shop
  19. Animal Curator
  20. Frog
  21. Zoo Guards
  22. Parrot
  23. Information area
  24. Picnic area
  25. Parrot
  26. Horse
  27. Iguana
  28. Snake
  29. Crocodile
  30. Zookeeper
  31. Leopard
  32. Giraffe
  33. Penguins
  34. Petting the animal
  35. Banana
  36. Species label
  37. Camera
  38. Gorilla
  39. Hot dog stand
  40. Zoo map
  41. Flamingo
  42. Gift shop manager
  43. Zoo staff
  44. Owl
  45. Veterinary doctor
  46. Monkey eating a banana
  47. Deer
  48. Food court
  49. Feed the elephant
  50. Panda eating bamboo
  51. Janitors
  52. Drinking fountain
  53. Coffee shop
  54. Vending machine

Love Charades? Try these other great charade games!

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