Youth Group Games - Group Games

Paper Telephone

Players alternate between writing and drawing, watching a message change.
Pens and paper.
How To Play
1) Each player receives a stack of papers. Each stack of papers should contain the number of sheets for how many people are playing (i.e. if 6 people are playing, each person should have 6 pieces of paper for a total of 36 sheets altogether).

2) The facilitator instructs players to put a small number on the bottom right of each sheet in incremental order (first sheet has a 1, second sheet a 2, and so on...). Then the players stack their own sheets so that 1 is on top and the highest number is on the bottom.

3) The facilitator says go and every player writes a message on the 1st sheet. The message can be whatever desires.

4) After 1 minute, the facilitator says switch and all the players slide their entire stack, with the message on top, to the right. The receiving player takes the stack, reads the message, and then puts the message on the back of the stack. The player then, on the 2nd card, proceeds to draw a picture representing the message the first player wrote.

5) After 1 minute, the facilitator says switch and players again slide their entire stack to the right, this time with the number 2 card (drawing) on top. The receiving player looks at the drawing, puts it in the back of the stack, and writes a message about what the drawing was.

6) The facilitator continues saying "switch" every 1 minute with players alternating from writing to drawing and back to writing and so on.

7) When the stacks of paper are all used, the players should slide the stack to their right one final time and the originator of the stack should now have their own stack.

8) Players may read through the stacks, laughing at the modifications their original sentence took as it passed through multiple pictures and multiple interpretations of those pictures.
18 Ratings
18 Ratings

Wow, I like this! This should be great for not only laughs but a chance for the Youth to see how others interpret things and help them to be more sensitive to one another's views. I am excited about this game and am going to use it tonight with my Youth Group. God is good! -Meleah (Jan 30, 2013)

we played this at a family party. It was a lot of fun. -Amy (Mar 3, 2013)

ummmm,interesting,i really liked this explains how people complicate the things.i am going to ply it with my group. -anupama bastola (Mar 12, 2014)

We adjusted this game so that the sentence written had to describe the player. Examples were "I have traveled to 3 different countries," "Baseball is my favorite sport," "Our family has 2 dogs as pets." We told people to be descriptive, yet brief. It is a great icebreaker. We've used this with elementary aged children and adults training to serve in youth ministry. -Ministry Mom (Apr 22, 2014)

I do this in my youth group in a team format. Team A will have their back to the white board while one of their teammates draws a picture of a message that I pick. That player then can sit and watch quietly as the next teammate comes up and writes a message of what he/she saw. This goes on until all of Team A has finished. Team B gets to watch the whole thing from start to finish. Then Team B goes. Whichever team is closest to the original message wins. -Ben (Sep 28, 2015)

Always gets lots of laughs. A great thing about this game is that you can play with people whose first language isn't English because not understanding what's in front of you is part of it! -Billy Bob (Jan 16, 2016)


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Age Size Categories Duration
15 to 17
6 - 15
Team Building
11 - 15
16 - 30