Friday, May 2

How To: Make Crossword Charades

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Today I am hosting a large party for my workplace. I'm supposed to have both food and entertainment. The food is easy, but sometimes coming with a party game that people of all ages and abilities can take part in is difficult. I thought a lot about different games out there and didn't come up with anything that worked, so I created my own game!

Essentially Crossword Charades is the combination of crosswords and Pictionary. I've created a large crossword, but rather than writing down clues for people to guess the words, I've created a slip of paper with each word on it. Each person at the party will receive a slip of paper with where the word goes (1 down, 2 across, etc.) and the word. Then in order people will take turns acting out their word while all the other attendees guess what they are acting out. Once the crowd guesses the word correctly the actor writes in the word on the puzzle and sits down. Then the next person gets up and acts out their word. This is good for team building because everyone is working as a team rather than competing. Plus, anytime you have people trying to act out words you just know there will be laughter.


To make this game work for a large group I needed to make a big crossword puzzle. First I made a small version on letter paper so I would be sure that all my words worked together. Then I laid out butcher paper and scaled it up. My original puzzle was 8 inches by 8 inches with each square .5 inches by .5 inches. I scaled this up to 40 inches by 40 inches with each square 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. You can always make your bigger if you have the space. I taped my crossword to a mobile chalk board, but you could always tape yours to a wall or any other visible, flat surface.


On the butcher paper I first traced everything out lightly in pencil, using a yard stick to measure out the grid, and then traced over the pencil with a chiseled tip Sharpie. I also wrote in the words lightly with pencil so I wouldn't accidentally black out any squares that I needed. After I finished blacking out the unused squares I erased the words.


I think everyone will have a blast acting out their words and watching others attempt to act. The game promises to be great fun and kept everyone involved. I hope to be able to take pictures of us playing and post action shots after the party. Happy Friday!


What are your favorite games for large parties?

26 comments:

  1. I really love this idea. I haven't this game before but looks like a lot of fun.
    Hope you have a great tie at the party.
    Looking forward to your up coming posts.
    Beautetude

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  2. This is such a creative idea and sounds like so much fun! I love playing games!! I hope you have fun at your party! :)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I did have fun at the party and afterward the guests told me that they enjoyed the game, so it was a success!

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  3. Girl this is very creative an a awesome idea for a party great job. Have a great weekend and magnificent party.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

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  4. How fun would this be for a game night?! This sounds like a blast :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. Thank you! If you try it you will have to let me know how it goes!

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  5. i bet there is a lot of laughter. what a nice twist on a game Lauren.
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    1. Thank you so much! I think everyone enjoyed it!

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  6. I love this idea, you are brilliant, sounds like such grand fun!

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  7. I prefer to read in my free time
    kss
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    1. I love reading. Give me a good book any day!

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  8. Oh very good idea~ Thanks for the tip~!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  9. Oh such a great idea! Seems like it'd be so fun to play with friends and family!! :)

    tropicalcolours.blogspot.com.au

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    1. It would be great if you have lots of family over for a holiday or birthday. :)

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  10. Sounds like an awesome idea, I love charades! how did it work out at your party? x

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    1. Thank you! It worked really well! Everyone said they enjoyed it. :)

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  11. oh my goodness- this is awesome! such a cool idea, and how creative that you came up with it on your own? love love and wish i could play!

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    1. Thank you! Maybe you can play at your next family gathering!

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