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How To Play Actionary

This icebreaker youth group game is a cross between pictionary, sculptionary and charades.

Firstly come up with a list of pictionary style words to use. Try to use words that might be easy enough to draw/scuplt/act. Divide the group into 4 teams and give each team a tray of play-doh, some paper and some pens.

The leader who is running the game stands in the centre of the room, situated in between all of the groups. Then each team sends a volunteer up to the leader and they then get each player to roll the giant dice in turn.

Either make your own dice with "act", "draw" and "sculpt" or just use a normal dice and designate two numbers to each type.

Ie. 1, 2 = Charades
3,4 = Pictionary
5,6 = Sculptionary

Then give all the players the first word from the list. The players will then go back to their group and act, draw or sculpt out the word, depending on what number they rolled. Once someone in their group guesses the word correctly, they go up and roll the dice again and receive the next word. The first team to get through the complete list of words wins!

Materials Needed

Giant Dice, paper, pens, play-doh

Submitted by Joel on 19 Sep 2007 12:00:00

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Hey....I am going to try this tonight at youth group....looks like a blast!

Posted by Jessica Gibson on 13 Aug 2008 at 2:06:58

i did a slight variation of this with my yr 6s.... i just played plain pictionary but made a 'path' that they had to follow out of masking tape with numbers on it. As a team they had to climb over couches, under pool tables etc... we still played pictionary the same way. Very easy to set up, easy to pack up and the kids LOVED it :P

Posted by Samara on 10 Sep 2008 at 3:24:42

Hey.. this game sounds really rad / gnarly.. think we might use it at youth tonight..

Later days , all you Christain Mates! =)

Posted by Megan on 26 Sep 2008 at 4:50:41

This game sounds really fun and will go great with my devotion.

Posted by Shannon on 2 Jan 2009 at 2:58:54

I am using this tonite. My kids love charades, whose your daddy and play doh. Should be fun!

Posted by Jill on 25 Jan 2009 at 2:55:53

Thanks for posting this. I just remembered the fun I had when I was in college playing pictionary. Thanks for improvising.

Posted by Maivi Ann Vega on 21 Feb 2009 at 2:11:24

It sounds cool I'll try it with my students and fellow teachers,too!

Posted by Letty on 20 Jul 2009 at 8:06:25

this game is cranium. look it up

Posted by on 28 Nov 2009 at 12:35:35

Cranium. Look it up.

Posted by anon on 28 Nov 2009 at 12:36:03

Awesome game! I was down on games, saw this and was like sweet as =D it works really well at our youth group, keeps everyone motivated

Posted by Josh on 18 Feb 2010 at 5:38:23

you guys are such JOCKERZ!!!

Posted by shila; on 19 Jun 2010 at 7:00:20

This game Sounds Awesome!!

Posted by Tealax on 5 Jul 2010 at 11:19:26

this is great!! and also fun

Posted by Caroline B. on 7 Jul 2010 at 6:14:59

Brilliant idea! Thanks!

Posted by Sharon on 12 Nov 2010 at 10:59:30

Love the idea as an ice breaker or review. The best part is that you can select words that would be specific for a topic you may be training or discussing!

Posted by Arlene on 25 Mar 2011 at 12:50:57

Sounds like fun!! Thanks! Defintily going to give this a go at our youth 4-H meeting tomorrow!! :)

Posted by Connie on 6 Apr 2011 at 10:34:06

it sounds like fun

Posted by on 8 Jul 2011 at 4:21:35

herm..very interesting :d

Posted by Sarah C on 14 Jul 2011 at 3:44:02

wow this sounds like fun I'm going to give it a try.... thanks the idea

Posted by Daniel on 21 Jul 2011 at 9:30:25

looks fun should try it!XD:)

Posted by deborah on 21 Oct 2011 at 5:55:19

Oh cool

Posted by on 15 Dec 2011 at 2:45:36

Thanks for the GREAT idea!
Using this game tonight. However, I am staying VERY far from the play-doh. Not liss to try get play-doh out of the carpet afterwards! :)

Posted by Roxy on 17 Feb 2012 at 6:25:45

This game sounds like fun...I'm so trying this out for our youth service this coming week.

Thanks a bunch. :)

Posted by silipa on 24 Apr 2012 at 8:09:21

wow this sounds amazing going to try it at youth group tonight.

Posted by ethan on 3 Jun 2012 at 12:47:03

This sounds really great thanks. Its a life saver

Posted by JamDungprincess on 5 Jul 2012 at 2:45:02

can u give me a list of words for this game?

Posted by on 30 Nov 2013 at 11:02:55

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