Pictures is a very popular and entertaining guessing game. All you need is a lively imagination and a few acting skills and you'll have everyone in great fits of laughter.
Age: All ages
No. of players: Two teams of three or four players
Equipment: A large blackboard; chalk or large sheets of paper; coloured felt-tip pens; a watch for timing
Time: 10+ minutes
Aim: To correctly guess what the drawing is trying to communicate.
1. Divide players into two teams. One team chooses a phrase which can be a title of a television show, a movie, a play, a song or a book. It could also be a well-known saying or a proverb. They then tell only one member of the OTHER team what the phrase is.
2. This player must then try and draw the phrase on the blackboard or large sheet of paper. He must NOT speak any words.
3.The remaining team members must try and work out what the phrase is within a time limit of 3 minutes.
4. When the team guesses correctly, or at the end of the time limit, the teams swap roles.
5. Play continues until every member of both teams has had a turn at drawing.
6. The team which has the most correct guesses at the end of the game, wins.
(i) There must not be any talking by the player who is drawing.
(ii) There are some symbols which can be drawn to communicate what type of a phrase is being drawn. For example, if the player draws a book, then the other players will know that it is a book title they must work out. An arch will stand for a play, a camera will stand for a movie, a face with an open mouth represents a song and quotation marks stand for a proverb or famous saying.
(iii) A line of dashes is drawn to indicate the number of words in the title. The player circles the dash to show which word in the phrase he is drawing. If the word has syllables, he can divide the dash with lines to show the number of syllables in the word.
Variation 1 - Younger Players: Younger players may just draw single words rather than whole phrases.
Variation 2 - Easter Pictures: Choose movie/book/song titles associated with Easter. For example: "Hop", "The Passion of the Christ", "The Passion Play", "Here Comes Peter Cottontail", "The Great Easter Egg Hunt", "The Easter Bunny's Coming To Town", "Amazing Grace", "The Greatest Story Ever Told".
Variation 3 - Christmas Pictures: Choose movie/book/song titles associated with Christmas. For example: "It's a Wonderful Life", "The Nativity", "A Christmas Story", "The Muppet Christmas Carol", "Polar Express"; and plenty of Christmas carols to choose from.
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