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Lists of Pictionary Words: Movies, Ideas for Kids, and More

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Kit loves playing Pictionary with friends and family of all ages.

Let's play Pictionary! Here are 350+ word ideas for you to use!

Let's play Pictionary! Here are 350+ word ideas for you to use!

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.

Essential Equipment

  • Egg timer
  • Paper or whiteboard
  • Pencils, markers or other drawing utensils
  • Notecards

Setup

  1. Gather at least three players. There's no real upper limit, though the official game recommends a maximum of 16 players.
  2. 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!)
  3. Shuffle the cards and place them in a pile.
  4. Divide the players into two teams as evenly as possible.

Game Rules

  1. Flip a coin to decide which team goes first.
  2. The first player takes a card from the pile and starts the timer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

These words can be drawn fairly easily with simple shapes.

Ghost

Bone

Cup

Bug

Grass

Snowflake

Lips

Bowl

Tree

Coat

Moon

Swing

Kite

Airplane

Ocean

Skateboard

Bear

Eyes

Mouse

Carrot

Girl

Whale

Lamp

Bed

Face

Leaf

Egg

Spoon

Cherry

Circle

Bridge

Sun

Grapes

Truck

Banana

Door

Ears

Light

Bracelet

Lollipop

Smile

Doll

Bike

Hat

Pen

Cloud

Duck

Corn

Blocks

Bird

Turtle

Head

Ball

Snowman

Chair

Jacket

Bunkbed

Bus

Cookie

Crab

Medium-Difficulty Words for Pictionary

Some of these words will challenge your drawing skills!

Horse

Door

Song

Round

Treasure

Garbage

State

Whistle

Palace

Dominoes

Photograph

Computer

Salt and Pepper

Key

iPad

Mattress

Pinwheel

Cake

Cowboy

Password

Bicycle

Thief

Teapot

Deep

Toast

Outside

Canada

Half

Spare

Wax

Sailboat

Popsicle

Brain

Pineapple

Tusk

Sprinkler

Doormat

Face

Flute

Owl

Gate

Suitcase

Bathroom Scale

Peach

Newspaper

Beaver

French Fries

Beehive

Camera

Hair Dryer

Mushroom

Quilt

Chalk

Dollar

Garden

Ticket

Boots

Pelican

Stingray

Fur

Action Movies for Pictionary

Can you draw a car? How about a Terminator?

"Die Hard"

"Lethal Weapon"

"The Transporter"

"Tomb Raider"

"The Dark Knight"

"Gladiator"

"The Bourne Identity"

"Indiana Jones"

"Suicide Squad"

"The Terminator"

"Predator"

"The Fast and the Furious"

Comedy Movies for Pictionary

You may need to draw a lot of stick figures to express these comedy film titles.

"Anchorman"

"Meet the Fockers"

"Superbad"

"Dumb and Dumber"

"The Other Guys"

"The Big Lebowski"

"Step Brothers"

"Ghostbusters"

"Liar Liar"

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Romcoms for Pictionary

Add some little hearts to your drawing if you team is having trouble guessing these film titles!

"There’s Something About Mary"

"Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

"Wedding Crashers"

"You’ve Got Mail"

"About Time"

"Bridesmaids"

"10 Things I Hate About You"

"Clueless"

"Pretty Woman"

Drama Movies for Pictionary

Some of these drama titles may be extra hard to draw.

"Titanic"

"Cast Away"

"The Shawshank Redemption"

"Boyhood"

"Forrest Gump"

"The Green Mile"

"American Beauty"

"12 Years a Slave"

"Goodfellas"

Horror Movies for Pictionary

Don't make your drawings TOO scary (or gross) for these horror movie names . . .

"The Shining"

"The Silence of the Lambs"

"Paranormal Activity"

"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"

"Scream"

"28 Days Later"

"The Conjuring"

"Ring"

"The Cabin in the Woods"

"The Exorcist"

"The Human Centipede"

"Jaws"

Thriller Movies for Pictionary

If you figure out a good way to draw "Inception," let us know.

"Inception"

"The Next Three Days"

"The Departed"

"Munich"

"Heat"

"Straw Dogs"

"The Dark Knight Rises"

"127 Hours"

"Léon: The Professional"

"Twelve Monkeys"

"The Bourne Ultimatum"

"V for Vendetta"

"Black Swan"

"Apocalypto"

"Minority Report"

Actor Names for Pictionary

You don't have to be a good caricaturist to convey these actor names; try to draw one of their famous movies if you get stuck.

Clint Eastwood

Christian Bale

Brad Pitt

Lucy Liu

Dev Patel

Michelle Yeoh

Halle Berry

Jack Black

Mark Wahlberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Queen Latifah

Priyanka Chopra

Nicole Kidman

Emma Stone

Ben Affleck

Will Smith

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Angela Bassett

Jennifer Aniston

Liam Neeson

Carrie Fisher

Jackie Chan

Danny Trejo

Jennifer Lopez

Jack Nicholson

Michael Caine

Leonardo DiCaprio

Salma Hayek

John Cho

Benicio Del Toro

List of Musicians for Pictionary

Again, stick figures will get you far! Add an instrument or microphone, a costume and the right hairstyle.

Tina Turner

Bruce Springsteen

Prince

Little Richard

Aretha Franklin

Elvis Presley

Lady Gaga

Amy Winehouse

Mariah Carey

Ringo Starr

Britney Spears

Justin Timberlake

Beyoncé

Michael Jackson

Rihanna

Melissa Etheridge

Bruno Mars

Elton John

Nicki Minaj

Shakira

Freddie Mercury

Kids love Pictionary! For a child-friendly game, choose simpler words that are easy to draw, like "sunshine."

Kids love Pictionary! For a child-friendly game, choose simpler words that are easy to draw, like "sunshine."

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

These words are easy for children to draw.

Cat

Jellyfish

Pie

Cow

Spider

Jar

Snake

Bat

Slide

Socks

Ear

Water

Heart

Seashell

Mouth

Milk

Purse

Boy

Apple

Horse

House

Star

Giraffe

Shirt

Hippo

Baby

Cheese

Ice Cream Cone

Branch

Spider Web

Bell

Flower

Bunny

Monkey

Book

Bread

Alligator

Apple

Clock

Orange

Shoe

Basketball

Inchworm

Dog

Rocket

Chicken

Bird

Glasses

Pencil

Ball

Dinosaur

Ant

Jacket

Cupcake

Snail

Cookie

Balloon

Medium-Difficulty Pictionary Words for Kids

These words are a little harder to draw and guess, but they're still doable.

Birthday Cake

Skirt

Storm

Money

Spool

Coconut

Rug

Snowball

Fishing Pole

Stomach

Doghouse

Washing Machine

Watering Can

Hook

Flashlight

Beach

Artist

Swimming Pool

Toe

Pretzel

Potato

Soda

Chin

Spoon

Cello

Rain

Ice

Blowfish

Rainbow

Cheeseburger

Trip

Backbone

Popcorn

Park

Pirate

Desk

Baseball

Coal

Knee

Hockey

Aircraft

Lighthouse

Whisk

Frog

Purse

Circus

Camera

Pajamas

Skate

Electricity

School

Spring

Nature

Flagpole

Roller Blading

Gingerbread Man

TV

Light Bulb

Platypus

Swing

Action Pictionary Verbs for Kids

Combine a lesson about the parts of speech with a game of Pictionary!

Break

Wave

Catch

Walk

Cook

Tie

Drive

Dive

Telephone

Study

Get Up

Smile

Jump

Sing

Knock

Ride

Paint

Read

Dance

Climb

Run

Enjoy your next game of Pictionary!

Enjoy your next game of Pictionary!

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