Drawing Board

Jane Maddin
1st Orleans Pathfinders
Orleans, Ontario
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Drawing Board

This one is suitable for Guides and Pathfinders. And I have two variations of it. I played this as a Guider at a training in Germany.


Equipment: A picture on a large piece of paper stuck up on a wall somewhere outside the meeting room. The picture that we had was a picture of a face with long curls and a crown with points and jewels on the crown. It was drawn with a marker on white paper. A piece of paper and a marker for each team.

Number of Players: In teams of at least 4. One person is the drawer.

Category: Quiet, indoor.

Age: 9 and up.

In the first variation, one person is chosen as the drawer for each team, and that person is not allowed to talk at all. One of the members of the team goes out to the hallway to look at the picture, but she is not allowed to say anything except yes or no, to the rest of the team, who must ask her questions about the picture. The person with the piece of paper must draw the picture, as they hear it described to them, without asking any questions herself.

In the second variation, each member of the team can go look at the picture except the drawer, one at a time. Then the drawer can ask each team member one question, and they can only answer the question yes, or no. This continues until the picture is drawn.

I'm not sure I have explained this well, so I will provide an example. Kathy is the drawer and she has Natasha and Heather on her team. Heather goes to look at the picture. Kathy asks her if it is a picture of an animal, Heather says Yes. Natasha goes out to look and Kathy asks her if it is a dog, Natasha says No. Kathy asks Heather if it is a person, and Heather (who can remember this) says Yes. Kathy asks Natasha if it is a boy, and Natasha can't remember, so she goes to look and then comes back and says No. And so forth until Kathy feels she has enough information to start drawing - she might then ask if it is a whole body, just a face, in profile or straight on, long hair, curly hair, smiling, etc)

This game in either version tends to take awhile. And you can change versions partway through if you'd like. Hope the instructions are clear!


Margaret Kieser
South Africa



What I did was divide them into 2 groups, leave one girl/group in the hall and took the rest of the group out to have a look at the drawing. They then were only allowed to answer yes or no to the drawer's questions. They enjoyed this so much that they wanted to play it again. So I changed it around again.

This time I only took 2 girls out to look at the new drawing. They then had to mime what they saw. NOBODY was allowed to talk (what bliss!!), and the others left over had to draw the picture. This took a little longer than the previous version, but the results were great.