50+ Fun Zoo Charades for Kids and Adults

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Zoo charades is the perfect game for animal lovers. It is the perfect activity to play in the classroom, for family game night, at birthday parties or getting together with friends. All you need to do is download, print, and play!

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Zoo Charades

If your kids are like mine, they love going to the zoo. While we are at the zoo and after we are at the zoo, they love pretending to be all the animals they saw. So as soon as we return home, they always want to play zoo charades.

Zoo charades is a quick and easy game that takes very little time and effort to start playing. The kids love it, and I love it too because it is great for working on skills like teamwork, cooperation, and being a good winner and loser. Not only that, but charades help create some of the best family memories.

Our readers love charades, and we are sure you will love them too! It is the perfect game to play with little kids, teens, and even grandmas and grandpas because it is easily adaptable to all levels.

We’ve played so many that we have loved, including Picture Charades, Springtime Charades, Birthday Charades, Princess Charades, Mother’s Day Charades, or Bible Charades. We know these and our zoo charades will be a huge hit for your next game night. You will want to be sure to grab all these charade collections and our zoo charades for your next game night.

If you want to check out even more charade games, you will want to try our Fall Charades, Nature Charades, Food Charades, Animal Charades, Easter Charades, Dinosaur Charades, or Occupation Charades.

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Why I Love Charades

There are so many reasons to love charades.

  • It’s easy! Just download, print, cut, and play! You can start playing this game in minutes.
  • It is a fun game that everyone loves.
  • It is perfect for all ages.
  • Even non-readers can play with a little help from an adult.
  • Everyone is involved.
  • It is a great ice breaker and gets everyone laughing and talking.
  • You can easily adapt this to small or large crowds, and is perfect to use in your home or in the classroom.

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How to Play Zoo Charades

  • First, you will want to download your zoo charades cards. Once downloaded, print, and cut. If you plan to use these again and again, I highly recommend you laminate them for added durability.
  • Place them in a bowl or a pile face down.
  • Divide into two or more teams. If you have a large group, smaller teams work better so everyone can be involved.
  • Pick a team to go first. This is up to you. We always like to do who has the next birthday that way, it changes throughout the year. We play a lot of charades. Any method of choice is good. You can even play rock paper scissors to decide.
  • Choose a scorekeeper and a timer for each team. The scorekeeper will keep track of the score while the timer watches the timer and yells “times up” when it runs out.
  • An actor from the first team draws a card out of the bowl or the top one on the stack. They will pick it up without telling anyone what it is or showing anyone. They will then act it out without moving their mouth, making noises, or saying words. They will try to get tea to guess the word. If their team guesses correctly before time runs out, they get 1 point. If the team doesn’t guess in the time frame, then the other team gets one guess. This is the first guess that is said out loud, so be sure no one shouts it out before discussing it as a team first. If they get it right, they will get the point.
  • The other team will now go.
  • You will switch back and forth. The game is over when you have reached your predetermined score, or whoever has the highest points when you finished the predetermined number of rounds.
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Tips for Playing Zoo Charades

  • Be sure everyone knows the rules before you start the game. This can help avoid anger and frustration among the teams.
  • Help your team by showing them with your fingers how many words you are trying to act out. For example, if the zoo charade idea was a flying monkey, if that were a thing, you would hold up two fingers when the timer begins.
  • Be goofy and silly. This makes it fun for everyone.
  • Laminate the cards so that you can use them again and again.

Printable Zoo Charade Cards

Be sure to grab your zoo charade cards right here so that you can get started playing ASAP! You know the kids will love it, and you will love it too, spending time together as a family!

Helpful Tools We Love When Downloading Printables

  • Printer– I love my HP+ printer that uses Instant Ink. I love it because we can use as much color ink as you want for one low cost starting at $.99/ month for ink. Try it out for free here!
  • Cardstock- I always recommend printing on cardstock. This makes it more durable, so you don’t have to worry about repeatedly printing it. 
  • Laminator / Laminating Sheets- For added durability, grab a laminator and laminating sheets so that you can use this again and again! 
  • Scissors (I seriously love these ones)
  • Dry Erase Pens- Use dry erase pens to wipe your laminated printable clean for endless use!

Zoo Charade Ideas

back of zoo charades cards with zoo clues.
  1. Iguana
  2. Snake
  3. Lizard
  4. Zookeeper
  5. Elephant
  6. Tiger
  7. Leopard
  8. Giraffe
  9. Lion
  10. Monkey
  11. Deer
  12. Ostrich
  13. Gift shop manager
  14. Panda eating bamboo
  15. Hippopotamus
  16. Flamingo
  17. Koala
  18. Alligator
  19. Kangaroo
  20. Giant turtles
  21. Monkey eating a banana
  22. Feed the elephant
  23. Penguins
  24. Picnic
  25. Pet the animal
  26. Touching the tank
  27. Trees
  28. Food basket
  29. Banana
  30. Janitors
  31. Veterinary doctor
  32. Volunteers
  33. Animal caretaker
  34. Ticket booth
  35. Camera
  36. Tour bus driver
  37. Bear
  38. Donkey
  39. Horse
  40. Spider
  41. Rattlesnake
  42. Zoo Map
  43. Hot Dog stand
  44. Vending Machine
  45. Food Court
  46. Stroller
  47. Rides
  48. Gorilla
  49. Coffee shop
  50. Picnic area
  51. Penguins
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