Leadership Inspirations Activities

Telephone Pictionary

In this Telephone/Pictionary hybrid, groups try to pass a message along using phrases and pictures


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Paper, Pens



This activity puts a spin on the games of Telephone and Pictionary. It will help  group members to understand others perspectives and ways of interpreting the world.



  • Prepare Paper Booklets: Take 8 x 11” pieces of paper (portrait).
  • Fold and cut the pieces of paper in half horizontally, so that they will be 8 x 5.5″.
  • Then, give each person 5 pieces of paper.
  • Have them fold the paper in half vertically (4 x 5.5″) to make a booklet.
  • Staple the pieces of paper at its book spine to keep the pages together.


  • Ask everyone to sit in a circle.
  • Give everyone a paper booklet and pen.
  • Each person is to write a short familiar phrase or sentence on the cover of the booklet, for example: “I believe I can fly” or “Rock paper scissors”. Give everyone one minute to write a phrase down.
  • Then, tell everyone to pass their booklet to the person to their right.
  •  Each person will read the phrase on the cover of their new booklet, flip the cover page, and draw a picture of their interpretation on the right side of the booklet. Give everyone one minute to draw a picture of the phrase.
  • Then tell everyone to pass their booklet to the person to their right, with their picture open and visible.
  • The next person will look only at the picture that the person to their left has drawn. Tell them to flip the page, and draw a short phrase that interprets the picture (on the right side of the booklet). Give everyone one minute to write a phrase down.
  • Continue this pattern of drawing pictures and writing phrases until each person receives their own booklet back.
  • Then, have each person go through their own booklets and showcase each page in front of the group.


  • Play the traditional game of Telephone to focus on effective listening and verbal communication.
  • Try the Drawing Game to talk more about people’s different perceptions.
  • Online: To lead this activity online, ask for a volunteer to start by writing a phrase. This volunteer will call on the next participant to draw. Everyone else should close their eyes so that the phrase can be secretly passed to the next person. Play will continue this way until the last person is called on to write or draw. 




  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?


  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?


  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?