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Girl Scouting at Home: Fishbowl

Share the fun of Girl Scout Camp with your family! Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff has developed a series of activities you can do with your family at home. Today’s activity is a fun game called Fishbowl. It can be played with your family and can be played with four our more players. This game is a fun combination of Taboo, Pictionary, and Charades.

You will Need:

  • Pens/Pencils
  • Strips of paper
  • Bowl/Container
  • Timer/Stopwatch

Game Purpose:

Your team must gain the most points by describing, using only sounds, or acting out words/phrases to help your teammates correctly guess what is written on each sheet of paper within the allotted time.

Game Set-Up:

  • Split your group into two teams.
  • Each player writes common phrases, people, places, or things on strips of paper, folds them in half so the writing cannot be seen, and puts them into the bowl. Only one person/place/thing/phrase should be written on each slip of paper. If you have a large group, have each player write three to five slips of paper. If you have a smaller group, each player should write between five to ten items.
  • Mix all the slips in the bowl.

Gameplay: The game will be split into three rounds: Taboo, Sound Effects, and Charades.

Round One

  • Select a player from Team One to go first.
  • This player grabs a slip of paper from the bowl. As soon as the player grabs the paper, a member from the opposite team will start the one-minute timer.
  • The player then reads to themselves the item written on the paper. They will use words to get their teammates to guess the word/phrase on the paper. They cannot act out anything nor can they say any of the words on the paper. For example, if the phrase is “Girl Scout Camp,” then it may be described as “The most fun week of the summer” or “Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch”.
  • If the player thinks the word/phrase is too difficult, they can “pass,” put the paper back in the bowl, and choose a new slip of paper. Each player may only “pass” once per turn.
  • If the team successfully guesses the phrase/word, the player keeps the piece of paper, then chooses a new slip of paper, and starts describing the new word/phrase.
  • The player has one minute to get their team to guess as many words/phrases as they can.
  • After one minute, a player from the second team is up. As soon as they pick a slip of paper, the one-minute timer starts again.
  • Each team continues to take turns (switching the player who is choosing the slips of paper) until all the pieces of paper have been removed from the bowl.
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Return all slips of paper to the bowl and begin Round Two.

Round Two

  • This round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having one-minute turn to guess as many of the words/phrases as possible. The team that went second will go first in this round.
  • This time instead of describing the word/phrase on the paper, each player must get their team to guess the words/phrases using only sounds – no words or acting allowed!
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Return all slips of paper to the bowl and begin Round Three.

Round Three

  • This round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having one-minute turn to guess as many of the words/phrases as possible. The team that went second in Round Two will go first in this round.
  • This time each player may only act out the word/phrase – no words or sounds allowed!
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Add scores for all three rounds to determine the winner!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.