Make four to five copies of each picture. Attach each inside a blank folder so that it can
be used multiple times without the picture being destroyed. Label the folders so that all
like pictures are classified as “A,” “B,” “C,” etc. Before distributing them, put them in
alphabetical order so that no participant pairs sitting next to each other have the same
picture. (Do not attach the blank sheets of paper in the other folder: Each time the exer-
cise is administered, all you will have to do is place blank papers in each folder.)
• Pencils or pens
• One copy of Handout 1, “Helpful Points for Asking and Answering Questions” for each
• Ideally, participants should be able to sit at a table facing one another or at two arm-desks
facing one another. In larger groups, it is also possible to work in threes—one “describer”
and two “drawers.”
1. Have the participants pair up. Instruct them as follows, while handing out the folders:
Player A: Your folder has a picture inside. Hold the folder so that Player B cannot see
the picture. Describe the picture to Player B. Be as clear as you can. The object of the
game is to instruct Player B to draw a picture that is the same as the one in your folder.
You may not look at Player B’s picture while he or she is drawing!
Player B: Draw on the sheet of paper that has been placed in your folder. Hold your
folder so that Player A cannot see what you draw. When you are ready, Player A will
begin describing a picture to you. Try to draw the picture as accurately as possible. You
may ask for clarification of any instructions you do not understand. You may ask as
many questions as you like.
Remember: Neither player may see the other’s picture until Player B is reasonably cer-
tain that he or she has completed the picture.
2. Pair Discussion: Tell the participants in each pair to now compare their pictures and to
discuss how well they did in communicating the picture. Look for inaccuracies. If there
are any, try to discover what went wrong. Some things to consider:
• Was Player A too vague?
• Did he or she leave out any essential information?
• Did he or she give any nonessential information? If so, was this confusing?
• Did Player B fail to listen carefully to Player A’s instructions?
• Did Player B make incorrect assumptions?