Thought that playing Pictionary was nothing more than a great way to kill time? Well, think again. This wonderful game of words is one of the most powerful tools you can use, where it comes to sharpening your children’s vocabulary, and helping them become effective communicators, too.
This one’s for the uninitiated. In essence, Pictionary is a game where children are given words they have to sketch, for people on their team to guess correctly. What’s really great about this game is the power of association children form between pictures and words, through playing it.
The Benefits of Pictionary for Kids
There’s plenty more than simply fun to be had, when playing this delightful game.
Sharpens reading and vocabulary skills
Pictionary words are nothing short of words used in a fun way to help children sharpen their vocabulary at a young age.
A sense of retention
The act of associating a word with a picture, helps children retain words better.
Improves drawing skills
The Pictionary game is great for sparking creativity in the minds of children, who have to come up with some really innovative ideas while sketching.
Keeps kids engaged
Pictionary for kids is one of the best games to keep children engaged for the longest time. Delighted with all that sketching and guessing, they will find themselves entertained for hours.
How to Play Pictionary
It’s really not all that hard to master the basics of this fun game.
Things you will need
- Pictionary game board
- Deck of cards
- Category cards
- Drawing pad
- Sand Timer
- Dice (2 nos)
The Objective of the Game
One player on your team is ‘The Picturist’. The team with the highest dice roll starts play. When it’s your team’s turn, The Picturist has to sketch, within two minutes, the word on the card that he has drawn. The objective is to correctly identify the picture drawn, so you can move forward and eventually, reach the last space on the board before the other team, to win.
Pictionary Words for Kids to Sharpen their Vocabulary
There are all kinds of Pictionary words – easy, hard and even funny! Here’s a look at some really cool words that will help build your child’s vocabulary, vis a vis the wonderful game of Pictionary for children.
Easy Pictionary Words
Medium Pictionary Words
Hard Pictionary Words
Gum Under the desk
People Pictionary Words
Thomas The Tank Engine
The Black Panther
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Funny Pictionary Words
Kung Fu Panda
Location Pictionary Words
The United States
Movie-Themed Pictionary Words
Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Dumb and Dumber
Guardians of the Galaxy
Baby’s Day Out
Baby Forrest Gump
Food Pictionary Words
Human Emotion Pictionary Words
Pictionary for Kids made cooler with some tips
Here are some invaluable tips for playing Pictionary with your children.
- Draw images of rhyming words, as clues. For instance, if the word you have to draw is ‘years’, an image of ‘ears’ would be a good idea.
- Guess anything. Don’t be shy about shouting out whatever comes to your mind. There are no negative points for guessing the wrong answer, after all.
- Break words into syllables. This makes it easier to guess the word in its entirety.
- Sketch something related to the word. No matter how weak that link might be between what you have sketched and the actual word, it’s certainly worth a shot.