In the manner of the word

A silly word-based acting game


In the manner of the word is a silly word-based acting game. The wilder your flights of fancy, the funnier the outcome! It can be played with anything from two players, but is more fun with a larger group.

How to play

One player is asked to leave the room or move out of earshot. If you are playing online they could turn off their computer sound and turn their back to the screen.

The group thinks of a juicy adverb (bizarrely, childishly, euphorically, lazily etc).

The player who went outside comes back and challenges the group to pretend to perform everyday tasks (doing the ironing, running for a bus, brushing your hair) in the manner of the word, until they guess what the word is.


You can play this either with one person guessing and everyone else acting, or one person acting and everyone else guessing.

Take it further

This is taken from the book Games, Games, Games, a publication with around 250 group games. The games are essentially co-operative in nature and develop skills and attitudes which encourage learning together and supporting one another.

If you enjoyed playing this game in your group, you could also try playing Guess the Character or 40 ways of getting there.

It is great we are starting to have face to face activities again – make sure you and your group stay safe by following our latest guidelines on physical meetings.

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