Kit loves playing Pictionary with friends and family of all ages.
Word Ideas for Playing Pictionary
There are lots of great games you can play with your friends and family, but one of the all-time classics is Pictionary. You can play it over the holidays or on family game nights, and it's also an excellent icebreaker for work-based team-building activities.
You can have so much fun and such a good laugh—all while developing your drawing skills and putting your creativity to the test. All you need is a drawing utensil and drawing surface (dry-erase markers and whiteboards work well), some word lists and your brain!
If you have never played before, then you are missing out on making great memories and sharing hearty laughs with your friends and loved ones. Keep reading to learn how to play, then check out more than 350 ideas for Pictionary words!
How to Play Pictionary
You can buy the official Pictionary board game or a charades equivalent, but you probably have all the equipment at home already to make a DIY set.
- Egg timer
- Paper or whiteboard
- Pencils, markers or other drawing utensils
- Gather at least three players. There's no real upper limit, though the official game recommends a maximum of 16 players.
- Choose a few of the categories below and write some of the words on the notecards. (How many cards you prepare will depend on how many players you have, but you might aim for at least 20. You can always reuse them the next time you play!)
- Shuffle the cards and place them in a pile.
- Divide the players into two teams as evenly as possible.
- Flip a coin to decide which team goes first.
- The first player takes a card from the pile and starts the timer.
- The player draws the word from the card as best they can. They are not allowed to talk, make noises, gesture with their body or write letters or numbers. Apart from that, they can draw what they want. The player's team tries to guess the picture as they draw.
- The player continues drawing until the timer runs out (usually after 60 seconds) or until their team guesses the picture correctly—whichever happens first. When the timer runs out, they must stop drawing, and their team must stop guessing.
- If their team gets the answer correct, they get a point. If they do not guess the answer, no points are awarded. Either way, the opposing team gets to draw and guess next.
- You will have to decide how many points you want to play to (for example, 10 points). Whichever team reaches that point total first is the winner!
List of Easy Pictionary Words
Medium-Difficulty Words for Pictionary
Salt and Pepper
Action Movies for Pictionary
"The Dark Knight"
"The Bourne Identity"
"The Fast and the Furious"
Comedy Movies for Pictionary
"Meet the Fockers"
"Dumb and Dumber"
"The Other Guys"
"The Big Lebowski"
Romcoms for Pictionary
"There’s Something About Mary"
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
"You’ve Got Mail"
"10 Things I Hate About You"
Drama Movies for Pictionary
"The Shawshank Redemption"
"The Green Mile"
"12 Years a Slave"
Horror Movies for Pictionary
"The Silence of the Lambs"
"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"
"28 Days Later"
"The Cabin in the Woods"
"The Human Centipede"
Thriller Movies for Pictionary
"The Next Three Days"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"Léon: The Professional"
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"V for Vendetta"
Actor Names for Pictionary
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Benicio Del Toro
List of Musicians for Pictionary
Playing Pictionary With Kids
Playing Pictionary with kids is a great idea! It will help them develop their imagination and concentration. It also helps them practice their hand-eye coordination and exercise their creativity. This is a good game to play at a party, but it works just as well in a school classroom; the kids will have fun and learn at the same time!
You will need to split the kids into two teams, and one adult will have to be the judge. Nominate one player at a time from each team to draw on a whiteboard, chalkboard or flipboard, and watch the madness ensure!
List of Easy Pictionary Words for Kids
Ice Cream Cone
Medium-Difficulty Pictionary Words for Kids
Action Pictionary Verbs for Kids
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