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How to Play Homemade Pictionary

Homemade Pictionary Game Tutorial

Pictionary is a great indoor game to play on those cold, winter nights. Now, don’t worry if you don’t have a Pictionary set; it’s very simple to make your own Homemade Pictionary game! What’s better is that you can personalize it anyway you want to. Not only is this a fun family game, but it’s also an awesome game to play at parties!

The Pictionary game was invented by two guys called Robert Angel and Gary Everson. According to Wikipedia, this game was published by Angel Games, Inc. in 1985. In 1994 Hasbro bought it over and developed it to the game we play today.

If you’ve never played Pictionary before, don’t worry! All you have to do is follow these easy Pictionary rules, and you’ll be ready to rumble. And because we love games so much, we’ve decided to show you how to make your own DIY Pictionary game!

Homemade Pictionary Setup

You will need a few friends to play with – Group-games.com suggests 3 or more people per team. Make sure each team has equal amounts of players, though! You will then also need a sketch pad and something to write or draw with. This is a game where we’re going to keep time, so it would be wise to get a stopwatch or a normal watch and keep it close.

How to Play Homemade Pictionary

  1. First, you will need to make a few notecards with the topics on that you’re going to play with. These cards will be drawn and teammates will have to guess what’s written on it. Mark the categories as follow: animals (like a dog or cat), objects (a chair or a dress), actions (running or jumping), challenge (something difficult like New York), or all play (a combination of all the categories).
  2. The number of cards you make will depend on how many people are playing. Shuffle these cards properly before starting.
  3. Make sure each team has a sketch pad and plenty of pens to draw with.
  4. The team who goes first will decide on a player to draw a card. He or she has to say under which category the card fell before starting.
  5. When he or she is ready, the timer will be set to 30 seconds. The player must then draw the word on the card on the sketch pad. The teammates must then work together in order to guess what the sketcher is drawing.
  6. The person who is drawing may not make any sounds or make any hand gestures. He or she may also not draw pictures with any numbers or letters.
  7. Once a team guesses the word correctly within 30 seconds, they receive a point.
  8. You can decide on a score up to which teams can play, for example 10. The first team to reach 10 will be the winner.

Pictionary Game Variations

This is a great game to play with families during the holidays. Set up a Pictionary tournament and play teams off against each other until the ‘final’.  For your notecards, choose words that relate to the holiday for a festive touch (ex. Thanksgiving: Pumpkin, Turkey, Cranberries, Pilgrims)!

To make it even more interesting, let each team be responsible for a topic each, and choose words related to those categories. It will turn the game into an unexpected challenge!

Pictionary Video Tutorial

Watch this video to see how 4 kids play their version of DIY pictionary!