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.


  • 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?