How to Make Your Own Pictionary Game

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Invented in 1986 by a waiter in Seattle, Wash., Pictionary is a group game that requires players to prompt their teammates to guess a specific word or phrase by drawing clues instead of saying or pantomiming them. If you want to play, but don't want to buy the official Hasbro board game, create your own version featuring custom-made cards and clues. Use basic craft supplies like cardstock and markers to design a party game that will engage and challenge your guests.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 11-inch round plate
  • 9-inch round plate
  • 12-by-12-inch cardstock or chipboard
  • Black marker
  • Scissors, paper trimmer or craft knife
  • Game pieces
  • Easel and paper or drawing pad
  • Markers and pencils

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Design a game board by tracing an 11-inch and a 9-inch round plate in the centre of a 12-by-12-inch piece of cardstock or chipboard with a black marker.

  2. 2

    Make spaces on the game board by using a black marker to draw 12 evenly spaced lines between the circles. Write "Draw" on one game space and "Winner" on the space to the left of it. If desired, add "Great Drawing, Skip a Space" or "Get a New Pen Two Spaces Back" to random spots on the board.

  3. 3

    Cut 60 to 80 2-by-3-inch pieces of cardstock with scissors, a paper trimmer or a craft knife. Use a marker to write a word or phrase on each card such as "Mickey Mouse," "Fourth of July," "airport" or "ballet." If desired, write a category on the back of the card such as "entertainment," "famous phrase," "place," "celebrity" or "household object."

  4. 4

    Give each team a game piece such as a poker chip, a toy figurine, a coin or a game piece from another board game. Place the pieces on the "Draw" space.

  5. 5

    Set up an easel facing the players or use a large drawing pad so all of the players can see the pictures begin drawn. Provide an assortment of markers and pencils.

  6. 6

    Instruct one team to draw a card. The teammate elected to draw for that turn has 60 seconds to draw pictures to get her team to guess the word or phrase on the card. If the category is "songs" and the card says "Rock a Bye Baby," for example, she can draw items like a rock, a person waving goodbye, a baby, a cradle and a treetop.

  7. 7

    Let the team move its marker ahead one spot if a teammate guesses the answer correctly, but move back one spot if the team can't determine the answer. The first team to reach the "Winner" spot wins the game.

Tips and warnings

  • To save time, skip making the game board and simply let players draw the handmade Pictionary cards from a pile. Use a piece of scrap paper to tally the number of correct answers that each team gets in 10, 15 or 30 minutes. Rather than determining the winner by seeing which team reaches the "winner" spot on the game board, the winning team will have the most correct answers in the allotted time.
  • If the guests will be drawing the clues with markers, use a washable variety in case someone sets a pen down on the carpet or a piece of fabric-covered furniture.

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