“Let’s play that rhyming guessing game!” Because we don’t know if there is a better name for it, that’s what we call this fun word-play warmer. It’s also got some good practice of pantomime.
Time: 5-7 minutes
Round 1: Player 1 thinks of a simple word, like “cat,” and gives a clue, such as “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with hat.”
Players try to guess the word by giving their own clues back. “Is it the thing in front of a door to wipe your shoes on?” Player 1 names that guess in their response. “No, it’s not a mat.”
Play continues until someone guesses the correct word. “Is it a pet?” “Yes, it’s a cat!”
Round 2: Player 2 gives a clue for a new word. “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with brave.” Players must now pantomime their guesses; no speaking allowed except for Player 2’s responses to their guesses. If a player acts out digging with a shovel, Player 2 might reply, “No, it’s not a grave.”
Play continues for a few rounds, switching from spoken guesses to pantomime guesses.