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The Onomatopoeia Game

Requires – At least 3 teams but much better with more!
Suggested Materials – Cards with suggestions for Onomatopoeia words and Adjective words or something for each team to write on.

One of the primary goals of the Onomatopoeia Theatre Company is to spread a message of education in all of its forms.  In support of this mission I now present to you “The Onomatopoeia Game”. It is a word based theatre game that can be used by Directors, Theatre Teachers, English Teachers, or even at parties or with other groups!  Hope you have fun!

Set up:

Players split up into groups

  1. Team # 1
  2. Team # 2
  3. Team # 3
  4. More teams possible!!!

Each team draws five cards from the stack of Onomatopoeia cards.  These cards will have Onomatopoeia words that you will use in the game (Ex: pow, bang, zap).  Each team should have five cards before the beginning of each round.

*** If the players do not have any cards then it is suggested that teams write down their choices of Onomatopoeia to keep track of things.  Teams should then also make a list of fifteen to twenty Adjectives to use. This will affect the number of actual rounds you play.  These Adjectives are to be used by all of the teams and should not be used again after they have been chosen.  ***

After each team has its five Onomatopoeia the game may begin!

How to play:

This game is played in rounds, with each team allowing the other to take turns.  During each round one team takes a turn as “Judge” of the other teams.  Team # 1 should always Judge first, then Team #2, then Team # 3, following this sequence until each team has gone.  This sequence then repeats until a winner is declared.  Be sure to always end with the final team as Judge to ensure each team has had equal turns performing and judging.

The team that is judging must then take a card from the pile of Adjective cards.  This card will have an Adjective word that the judging team must announce to all the other teams.

*** If you are playing this game without cards these words should come from the list of Adjectives created during the set up process.  ***

After the Adjective word has been announced the other teams must then choose one of their five Onomatopoeia words to play that they think best fits or compliments the Adjective word.  (Ex:  fuzzy baaa, large woof, lame roar, etc…)  After a team has chosen a word and once they are prepared they must then perform an example of this combination of words using only their bodies and the Onomatopoeia word that they have chosen.

Once each team has performed their word combination the judging team will then choose which team had the best word combination and the best performance.  This team will then receive one point.  This ends the round at which point the teams that played their Onomatopoeia cards draw another card.

*** If you are not using cards the teams that performed must then choose  a new Onomatopoeia word before the next round may begin.  ***

Notes about playing the game:

This game is meant to be played as fast as possible.  That is why it is recommended that you either have a set of cards with words ready, or that at least five to ten minutes are taken to adequately set up and prepare Onomatopoeia and Adjective words before playing.  If you are using cards you may also introduce a set of “wild” cards in which the performer or judge may choose any Onomatopoeia or Adjective word.  Performing teams are encouraged to think creatively and play to the judging team.  Knowing the judges personalities should be key to victory.  Part of the fun of this part of the game is also about stretching the meaning of certain words because of the limited choices in a team’s hand of Onomatopoeia cards.  Judges are encouraged to discuss what they thought and liked about what they saw and reward creativity.  They are also encouraged to not be overly critical of any of the teams they do not reward a point to.   Judges should also keep the game moving quickly.  This includes making sure each team does not take too long choosing their word and coming up with a performance.  No team should take over thirty seconds to come up with a word and performance.

Examples of good Onomatopoeia & Adjective words

Teachers and directors can use the following list to create Onomatopoeia and Adjective cards for the game.

 

List of 110 Onomatopoeia Words

  1. achoo
  2. ahem
  3. baa
  4. bah
  5. bam
  6. bang
  7. bark
  8. bash
  9. bawl
  10. beep
  11. belch
  12. blare
  13. blurt
  14. boing
  15. boink
  16. bong
  17. bonk
  18. boo
  19. boom
  20. bubble
  21. bump
  22. buzz
  23. chatter
  24. cheep
  25. chirp
  26. clang
  27. clank
  28. clap
  29. clatter
  30. click
  31. clink
  32. cluck
  33. clunk
  34. crackle
  35. crunch
  36. cuckoo
  37. ding
  38. drip
  39. eek
  40. fizz
  41. flick
  42. flutter
  43. giggle
  44. growl
  45. gurgle
  46. hack
  47. hiccup
  48. hiss
  49. honk
  50. huh
  51. hum
  52. itch
  53. jangle
  54. knock
  55. meow
  56. moo
  57. mumble
  58. murmur
  59. neigh
  60. oink
  61. ouch
  62. ow
  63. phew
  64. ping
  65. plop
  66. plunk
  67. poof
  68. pop
  69. purr
  70. quack
  71. rattle
  72. roar
  73. rumble
  74. rustle
  75. screech
  76. shuffle
  77. shush
  78. sizzle
  79. slap
  80. slash
  81. slurp
  82. smack
  83. sniff
  84. snip
  85. snort
  86. splash
  87. squelch
  88. squish
  89. swoosh
  90. thud
  91. thump
  92. ticktock
  93. tinkle
  94. twang
  95. tweet
  96. ugh
  97. vroom
  98. whack
  99. wham
  100. whip
  101. whisper
  102. whizz
  103. whoop
  104. whoosh
  105. woof
  106. yikes
  107. zap
  108. zing
  109. zip
  110. zoom
List of 110 Adjective Words

  1. adamant
  2. afraid
  3. alive
  4. angry
  5. annoying
  6. arrogant
  7. awkward
  8. bad
  9. beautiful
  10. big
  11. bogus
  12. boring
  13. brilliant
  14. casual
  15. cheap
  16. cheesy
  17. comical
  18. cosmic
  19. courageous
  20. cowardly
  21. crazy
  22. deadly
  23. demanding
  24. depressing
  25. dirty
  26. dramatic
  27. dreamy
  28. earthy
  29. easy
  30. eternal
  31. evil
  32. exciting
  33. expensive
  34. fake
  35. fancy
  36. flirtatious
  37. fragrant
  38. frazzled
  39. fresh
  40. funky
  41. fuzzy
  42. geeky
  43. good
  44. graceful
  45. gross
  46. hardcore
  47. haunting
  48. healthy
  49. honorable
  50. hopeless
  51. horrible
  52. horrifying
  53. hot
  54. important
  55. innocent
  56. juicy
  57. lazy
  58. legendary
  59. loud
  60. loveable
  61. lucky
  62. magical
  63. meek
  64. melodramatic
  65. mischievous
  66. miserable
  67. misunderstood
  68. mysterious
  69. mystical
  70. natural
  71. neat
  72. odd
  73. organic
  74. outrageous
  75. overwhelming
  76. painful
  77. patriotic
  78. peaceful
  79. perfect
  80. playful
  81. powerful
  82. radical
  83. rare
  84. realistic
  85. ridiculous
  86. risky
  87. sappy
  88. scary
  89. sensitive
  90. shallow
  91. shocking
  92. silly
  93. speedy
  94. sweet
  95. talented
  96. tame
  97. temperamental
  98. timeless
  99. tough
  100. twisted
  101. unforgettable
  102. unnatural
  103. useless
  104. visionary
  105. weird
  106. withering
  107. wise
  108. worldly
  109. young
  110. zealous