Power Up Charades


Children play a game of charades, acting out various activities that you can do instead of watching TV, playing video games, or using the computer. Others must guess the activity and state whether or not it gets the body moving ("power up!").

Note: This game works best for children in grades 2 and up, though younger children who cannot read the cards may try it by making up their own activities.

Materials and Preparations:

  • Print the Power Up Charades worksheets
  • Copy the Activity Cards on to cardstock and cut out
  • You and the children can make your own cards, too! Have kids come up with different activities that they or their family like to do together, like salsa dancing or Zumba.

How To Play:

  • Explain that each child will take a turn drawing a card from the pile. Without showing anyone his/her card, the child will act out the activity on the card. Children in the audience will call out their guesses, and the person who correctly identifies the activity goes next.
  • For each activity, ask whether or not it "powers up" the body (gets the body moving).
  • Remind the children that their bodies want to move so they should be careful not to sit in front of the TV for long periods of time. After each 30-minute show, they should turn off the TV and power up their bodies!

Extenstion Activities

  • Combine music and activity! Play music from a variety of nationalities. Have children move around, dance, etc and then "freeze" when music stops.