100 Fun Animal Charades They'll Go Wild For

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An animal charades game is sure to get your whole family into a playful mood and certainly make your kids smile.

Whether it's their favourite pet, jungle animal or sea creature, your children can have hours of fun acting out these charades characters and seeing if they can guess the animal correctly. Charades is a game that everyone can get involved with, it's an amazingly social activity!

Why not get your children's friends or some other family members on a video chat so they can join in the charades fun too? Take a read below at some of our words and animal charades ideas for kids that we just know your whole family are bound to love.

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How To Play Charades

Charades is such a fun, effective yet simple game that kids of all ages love.

Before starting, make some charade cards by writing animal words on each of the cards to use in the game. You'll need two teams, so getting as much of the family involved to play as you can is always great. Next, put all the cards in a bowl, shuffle them up, and have a member from each team take one card out of the bowl. Whatever words are written on the card will be what they have to use to act out the animal. Next the other team have 3 minutes to guess which animal is being acted. For every animal guess correctly, the team will score one point. Each team takes it in turns until the animal cards run out. Whichever team has guessed the most animals correctly and has the most points wins the charades game!

Ideas For An Animal Charades Game

If you're struggling to think of animal-related words to write on your charades cards, below are some ideas to help you and your kids get started.

Wild Animals

Tiger

Lion

Chimpanzee

Parrot

Bear

Hippo

Alligator

Snake

Giraffe

Warthog

Zebra

Deer

Kangaroo

Frog

Butterfly

Worm

Panda

Gorilla

Rhino

Cheetah

Meerkat

Squirrel

Emu

Camel

Wolf

Platypus

Moose

Bison

Scorpion

Spider

Caterpillar

Stick-insect

Praying-Mantis  

Chipmunk

Flamingo

Tortoise

Toucan

Sloth

Lemur

Koala

Hyena

Eagle

Orangutan

Pets

Dog

Cat

Rabbit

Hamster

Goldfish

Snail

Hedgehog

Tarantula

Budgie

Lizard

Alpaca

Mouse

Guinea Pig

Farm Animals

Goat

Horse

Pig

Donkey

Chicken

Turkey

Duck

Goose

Llama

Rooster

Swan

Chick

Sea Creatures

Shark

Octopus

Turtle

Dolphin

Whale

Jellyfish

Seal

Walrus

Clownfish

Crab

Lobster

Sea horse

Penguin

Seagull

Otter

Pelican

Starfish

Oyster

Squid

Urchin

Great Ideas For Under 5s

Here are some simpler animal charades words for your little ones to help them be as wild as they can be! To make it a bit easier, let them make the recognisable noises and sounds of these animals to make their charades acting a little easier for them.

Cow

Sheep

Elephant

Owl

Monkey

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Eleanor Gustard
Lover of arts and crafts

Having loved everything art and crafts so much as a child and wanting to pursue this when she grew up, Eleanor recently moved to London from Bath to study for a degree in Fine Art. Eleanor loves exploring the city in her spare time, especially visiting galleries and seeking out new arts events to go to with her partner. When she’s not out enjoying what the capital has to offer, Eleanor is a keen outdoor adventurer and lover of all things travel, always looking for a new destination to discover.