Today I hosted my friends’ Christmas gift exchange. We did our favorite activity, which is a game called Telephone Pictionary. In telephone pictionary, there are no winners, losers, or time limits (which is a big part of why I like it so much.)
[Rules explanation follows.]
Briefly, you need at least five people to play. Everyone should have small squares of paper and a writing utensil. Sit in a circle, at a table or somewhere else where you can write and draw. Everyone thinks of a phrase or sentence, which they then write down on one of their papers. This information is not shared; everything is secret until the end.
Once everyone has decided on and written down their words, everyone passes their paper one to the left or right (everybody in the same direction.) When you receive your paper, read the phrase, and draw it as best you can on the next square of paper.
When everyone has finished their drawings, pass the stacks of paper again in the same direction as last time–but with the drawing on type. You may not look at the original writing on the paper you’ve received; you have to try to guess the phrase from the drawing.
When everyone is done with the writing, pass again–with the new writing on top. The next drawer can’t look at anything but the new writing.
Play continues in this manner, alternating writing and drawing, for five or seven or nine turns, depending on how many people you have. You should end on writing. (If you have an even number of people, say six, just do five turns–not everyone will be a part of every telephone chain.)
When the last writing turn has gone, you pass the stacks of paper to the original writer of the phrase. Everyone looks at their “stories” and then shares with everyone else. Repeat until you are done.
[End rules explanation.]
It’s a truly delightful game, matched only by Duck Duck Moose in my book. I wanted to share one of my “stories,” so I scanned it just for you people. This blog needs a bit of cheer!
I started with the phrase “deep magic from the dawn of time,” which some of you might recognize as a chapter title from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The deep magic is the White Witch’s magic, which is of course eventually bested by Aslan/God’s deeper magic from before the dawn of time.
My friend Kathryn made a pretty good effort at illustrating this (using Harry Potter fighting a monster, and the Big Bang), but my friend Darcy took it at face value and decided the picture was “Wizards can make people expand just like the universe”. Kayta drew a rather good interpretation of what Darcy said…
…which allowed my friend Tracy to come up with “”the wizard made the man’s body expand in a similar way to how the universe expands.” Very similar to what Darcy wrote. And when it came to my friend Xochitl–well, I’m REALLY impressed by her doodle, even if it is as…delirious…as are most of the things she draws. Finally my friend Molly took a rather holistic view of what was going on…
“I took some LSD!”
*rides off giggling into the night*