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Pictionary Telephone


This game is similar to the classic “Telephone” game, but also makes use of some of the elements of “Pictionary.” All you need are a few stacks of Post-It Notes and some pens. Here’s what you do.

Put your students in a circle. Limit the circles to 9 kids at most. If you have more kids than that, simply make multiple circles. VERY IMPORTANT: The circles MUST have an odd number of kids (3, 5, 7, etc). Now, give every student 1 Post-It Note for every kid in the circle. (If there are 7 kids in the circle, give every kid 7 Post-It Notes.) Also, make sure everyone has a pen or pencil.

When you say go, all of the students write a short silly sentence on their Post-It Notes. It can be about whatever they want, so long as it is clean. Give them 30 seconds to do this. When time is up, ask everyone to pass their Post-It Note to the student on their right.

When that student gets the note, he/she must read the Post-It Note and then place it at the bottom of their own Post-It Note stack, leaving a blank Post-It Note on top of their stack. Tell them you will give them 90 seconds to draw a picture based on the sentence they just read (from the person on their left).

When time is up, tell everyone to tear off THAT Post-It Note and pass it to the person on their right. That person will then look at the drawing, and try to write a sentence that “says” what the picture “shows,” in 30 seconds, of course.

You see where this is going, right? Keep doing this, alternating back and forth between drawing and writing. Finally, everyone will get their original “sentence message” back (and in written form if you’ve done it correctly).

People usually get a laugh out of seeing what happened to their original message.

Idea by Chris P.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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