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Sock Puppet Charades

Sock Puppet Charades

Spring 2015 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Price: $24.99

Sock Puppet Charades is a game for three or more players, created by Marbles: The Brain Store. Players take turns acting out up to three prompts from a card before time runs out -- but the catch is that they can only use the two sock puppets, a handful of props, and whatever sound effects they can come up with (no speech!). Every time another player guesses correctly, both the guesser and the puppeteer score a point; the winner is the one with the most points after 3 rounds (or 2, with a larger group).

As we quickly discovered, it is extremely tricky for a sock puppet to convey any complicated concept without speech, though the props -- some basic wooden shapes, a chenille stem, a ribbon, and a flat marble -- added a lot. We spent time fine-tuning the audience for the game: a 7-year-old was good at guessing, but awkward at acting, and often did not know the words on the cards; those over the age of 10 were not really interested in playing with sock puppets. And the time allotted was too short; in one minute we could seldom complete one charade, let alone three.

Once our players abandoned the concept of a competitive game, however, it became a lot more fun. Everyone collaborated on creating silly tableaux, and the props and prompts became a starting point for unending creative play, especially for a small group of younger children.

Emily Crawford   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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