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ELT Game Corner

Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

October 15, 2014

Hedbanz / Charades

Hedbanz/CharadesHedbanz, the traditional American & Canadian standard guessing game, takes on a new slant by including Charades into its game play.


The group is divided into two or more teams, depending on how many students there are. The teacher can give the teams names, or the players can decide on their team names. The teams also decide on who their “guesser” will be. One plastic headband and an equal amount of cards is dealt face down to each team. The players do not pick up or look at the cards.

The “guesser” from the first team picks up one card and puts it on his/her headband without looking at the picture. The timer is turned over, and the team members try to act out the verb phrase on the card. The team members are NOT allowed to speak. If the “guesser” correctly guesses the verb, then another card is inserted in the headband and the teacher gives the team a token. As soon as the timer is over, the game play stops, and the card is put at the bottom of the deck.

Now it is the next team’s turn.

The team with the most tokens wins.

Number of headbands:6
Number of cards:72

Sample Verb Phrases: • Driving a bus
• Eating spaghetti
• Fishing
• Ice-skating
• Listening to music
• Opening a present
• Peeling a potato
• Playing basketball
• Playing tennis
• Playing a video game
• Riding a bicycle
• Riding in an elevator
• Using a hair dryer
• Vacuuming
• Washing dishes
• Watching television

Playing Hedbanz/Charades is an innovative way to teach and reinforce VERBS. The game never fails to ignite laughter and camaraderie simultaneously.

Suggested Level: High Elementary School to Adults

You can order Hedbanz/Charades from Little America.



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