pictionary words

You could always go to the store and buy the official Pictionary, but if you don't have time to get to the store, or just don't want to spend the money, try making your own game with just a few things you already have lying around the house!

Number of players: 4+

What you need:

  • Timer
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Index cards
  • Dice

Set up:

  • Choose five or six categories (ex. People, places, things, animals, actions, etc.)
  • Write words of varying difficulties on each card.
  • Place cards into piles of the correct category, then shuffle the piles.
  • Assign each category a number to correspond with the dice.
  • Set out your materials and you’re ready to start!

How to play:

  • Divide into teams of two or more and roll a die to see who goes first. Appoint a “judge” to hand out cards and set the timer.

  • The team to start rolls the die and receives a card from the category that corresponds with the number, the timer is set for 60 seconds and the judge says “start.”

  • The artist has 60 seconds to draw and the rest of the team must guess what the artist is drawing in the allotted timeframe.
  • The artist may not talk, make noises, or gesture, and absolutely no letters or numbers are allowed in the pictures.
  • If guessed correctly, the team gets a point and gets to go again. If they are wrong, it’s the next team’s turn to repeat the above.
  • Set a limit to determine the winner, such as “the first team to get 25 points wins!”

Now, in order to make your own game, you’re going to need a bunch of Pictionary words. With that being said, there’s three levels of difficulty in Pictionary. Words can be easy, medium, or hard. Be sure to make an even mix of the three!

Here’s a categorized list of Pictionary words that you may use:


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