Fish Bowl Game

The Fishbowl Game is a fun-filled memory game that combines Charades, Password and Taboo.  It is also an easy game to learn, which means children and adults can play it together.  

What's needed: Pens, paper, scissors, a container to hold the paper (fish bowl), and a timer. 

Cut the paper into small strips that are big enough for players to write a couple of words on.  Divide the paper between everyone.

Populate the fishbowl

Start by separating everyone into two equal teams.  Each player will then write a word or familiar phrase on each piece. (You could choose a category). Players will have to guess the words or phrases later on, so they shouldn’t be too difficult. Each player then folds their pieces of paper in half and places them into the fishbowl.  After all of the pieces of paper are in the fishbowl, someone has to shake the bowl to mix them up.

Round 1: Play TABOO

The taboo round is first up.  The goal of this round is to guess as many words or phrases as possible within 1 minute.

The starting team selects a player to go first.

That player will grab a piece of paper from the fishbowl and read it.  The 1-minute timer will start as soon as they pick a piece of paper from the fishbowl.

The player will then use words to get their teammates to guess the word or phrase that is on the paper.  They cannot use any hand gestures — only words.  They can’t say any of the words that are on the paper, as they are the “taboo” words.  For example, if the word is “Cheeseburger” they might say “You eat this at McDonalds”

If the team successfully guesses the word, they get to keep the piece of paper. If it's too difficult, you can pass and put it back into the fish bowl.

After 1 minute has elapsed, the other team gets their turn.  They also have 1-minute to guess as many words as possible.

Each team continues to take 1-minute turns until all of the pieces of paper have been removed from the fishbowl.  When the fishbowl is empty, each team counts the pieces of paper they have gathered.  Each piece equals 1 point to their score.  After tallying the each team’s score, fill the fishbowl with the pieces of paper and move onto round 2!

Round 2: Play PASSWORD

The next round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having 1-minute to guess as many words or phrases as possible.  The team that went second last time will get to go first this round.

The main difference is that the player reading the paper can only use one word to describe the word or phrase.  So, if the word is “Cheeseburger” this time they may use a single word like “McDonalds” to describe it.  The team needs to remember the words that were mentioned in the first round and use the “password” as a hint.  The teams continue to alternate with 1-minute rounds each, then the pieces of paper are tallied and placed back into the fishbowl.

Round 3: CHARADES

The next round plays out in the same way, with each team taking their one minute turns.  The main difference here is that player with the paper cannot speak.  They must use physical gestures to communicate the word on the paper.  For “Cheeseburger” they might pretend to be holding and eating a cheeseburger.  At the end of the round, the scores are tallied up once more.  The team that has the most points from all three rounds is declared the winner!

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