Pictionary is a fun kids' party game, and you can adapt it to fit a party theme or holiday, like Valentine's Day. It's also a very flexible game since you can play it with a small group of kids or an entire classroom.
- A large drawing pad and easel for each team.
- Pens, crayons or markers.
- A stopwatch or clock with a second hand.
- Small strips of paper for the words and phrases.
- Divide the partygoers into teams of three to five. You will need an even number of teams, so if there are nine children at a party, divide them into a team of four and a team of five instead of three teams of three.
- Likewise, if you have a group of 20 students divide them into four teams of five and run two separate competitions. Otherwise, children’s voices will drown each other out and some kids might become disengaged.
- Write or print out Valentine's Day-related words or phrases onto paper, cut each word or phrase onto a small strip and place the strips in a bowl.
- For young children, consider using these words and phrases: heart, love letter, candy, box of chocolates, roses, balloons, broken heart, friend, sweet, flowers, pink, red, chocolate, honey
- For older children, consider using the words above plus these words and phrases: Cupid’s arrow, Valentine’s Day card, heartache, blow me a kiss, conversation hearts, a dozen roses, romance, be mine, sweetheart
- Fold the strips of paper in half and place them in a bowl near the drawing pad. Have each team take turns sending one player to the drawing pad. The player pulls a strip of paper from the bowl without looking and then has to draw a picture of the word or phrase as his teammates try to guess what it is. The player can encourage his teammates with hand and face gestures if they’re on the right track (or discourage them if they’re on the wrong track), but he cannot talk.
- Players can draw a series of lines to show how many words are in the phrase. Set a timer, giving the player one minute to finish. If his team members guess correctly, they earn one point. If they don’t come up with the right answer before the time is up, the other team can guess and earn a point if they’re correct.
- Then, it’s the other team’s turn to send a player to the drawing pad.
- After each team has had an even number of turns and all the players have had a chance at the drawing pad (if there isn't an even number of players on each side, some players might have to draw twice), the game is over. The team that has earned the most points wins the game.
- When explaining the directions, tell the children not to yell their answers. As kids become excited and competitive, the volume level can easily go up, making it difficult for the child who is drawing to hear all the teammates' guesses.
- Arrange the chairs or desks in a circle or cluster around the drawing pads so everyone can see and participate.
- It might be fun for each team to come up with its own name, like the Red Hot Hearts versus the Sweetie Pies.