A test of how fast your pencil can fly and how fast your team members can interpret your sketching, Hasbro says that Pictionary is "the ultimate party game." In addition to being great for parties, Pictionary can also be used with themes for children to review lessons or have a fast-paced challenge based on a specific topic.
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Have children quickly redraw well-known paintings, sculptures and other art to see if anyone can guess what they are. Give children pictures of works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo and M.C. Escher to look at as they draw and tell them to try to capture the major recognisable aspects of each work. Allow children to give a vague description of the piece, such as "That one with the fuzzy ballet dancers" for a Edgar Degas dance painting. Give bonus points if a team can name the artist or actual title of the work.
To help children review vocabulary, have them list words that they are learning or compile a list of words that you think they should know. Write each word on a piece of paper and put it in a bowl, then have each team pull out a word for their turn. Give bonus points to the first team that can spell the word correctly, define it or name the word's part of speech.
This Pictionary gives players clues to help them guess which specific city, state, country or continent the drawer is thinking of. Children should draw pictures of landmarks, local products, sports team logos and other images that an area is known for. Tell them to mix it up between well-known and more locally known hints if they are able to do so. You can also combine this with drawing a world or regional map and locating the areas that are drawn.
Children should draw pictures of clues that will help their team guess the title of a particular movie, including characters, movie posters, major scenes, words in the title and setting. Encourage children to be creative in their representations and interpretations. Try to keep the activity relevant to "kid friendly" movies.
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