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12 Things You Can Learn (Improve) By Playing Pictionary (Skills, Lessons,…)

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Gamesver Team and JC Franco

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Pictionary is a fun drawing game that inspires creativity in both young and old. It creates loads of memorable moments. While actively playing Pictionary, many things are learned, both consciously and unconsciously. 

Let’s get right into exploring the many things you can learn and improve by playing Pictionary.

1. Our drawing skills are improved. 

Have you ever considered yourself to be good at drawing? Some people see it as a fun activity as a child and then grow out of it. Pictures are very central in communication. But how do we get the images? We draw them or use tools and software which someone has already provided us with. 

Can you imagine what it would be like if we learned only by reading paragraphs of information? That would be boring and lifeless, wouldn’t it?

When you begin playing Pictionary, it may instantly be evident that you can’t draw. The excellent news is drawing is a skill that you can learn, and as you look for ways to win at Pictionary, you’ll discover you need to practice drawing to get better at the game. As you practice drawing, you’ll realize that it’s a skill that you’re mastering. 

2. We acquire the art of sketching and can apply this skill in our vocation.

We learn the art of sketching when we practice how to draw quickly. When we do our sketches, they should not be artistic; but are intended to illustrate a point, making it easier to understand. Designers and people who may be a point of contact for businesses may find that sketching makes it easier for others to understand them easily.

For instance, depicting how customers should follow a process of returning items will help them quickly grasp where they need to go and what they need to do. 

Pictionary helps us improve our sketching ability as we’re opened up to a wide variety of ideas and concepts when we play the game. You can even apply your sketching ability outside of Pictionary, like when you’re taking notes in a seminar or workshop or any other learning activity.

3. We can strengthen our eye-hand coordination. 

When we play a game of Pictionary, we’re improving our eye-hand coordination. It’s a fantastic skill for children to develop at a young age. As we draw, we guide our hand movements with what our eye has predetermined that is going to happen. As you draw more often, this skill is undoubtedly improved. 

Since we use a timer to play Pictionary and only have a minute to sketch, we have to be careful and have a steady hand for our picture to come out the way we intend. We strengthen our eye-hand coordination with practice. 

4. We understand how not to repeat the same mistakes over and over. 

Have you met those players that draw the same thing over and over again? Even after their teammates have indicated the first time that they didn’t understand? Hopefully, they’ve realized that the strategy they applied was terrible (if not, you’ve let them know how to do things differently, right?)

Maybe you have, at one point, yelled out your opponent’s answer and was correct, only to realize the blunder you made. 

When we play Pictionary, it’s easy to make mistakes, but you don’t stay there. You learn from those mistakes. Whatever it is that you’re doing wrong, it’s easy to bounce back from simple mistakes you make when you have practice – you know not to do the same thing again. 

5. We adapt to collaborating in a team. 

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Pictionary is a game that utilizes teamwork. Playing a game as part of a team is great because we learn how to communicate differently. We know how to collaborate as a group. When you play Pictionary, you have to explain and clarify rules and make sure others understand you. 

When you’re playing Pictionary as a team, you’re also bouncing ideas off your teammates. Teamwork is essential when working with others on a job/task, and you need to communicate within a group setting. Pictionary may have helped you develop your team-building skills.  

6. We learn how to control our noise levels. 

It’s easy for people’s voices to escalate when having fun. Perhaps your group of buddies has been over the top with the noise levels and others not playing had to quieten you down. Playing Pictionary teaches us to be mindful of the space around us, especially when others are nearby. We learn how to adjust to the needs of others around us. 

7. We can improve our mental health. 

When you’re feeling stressed or need some winding downtime, games are a great way to relax and calm your mind. Playing games like Pictionary can impact you because you’re around other people, and their behavior and happy mood can be infectious.

Participating with others may be what you need to improve your mental health and general well-being. 

8. We understand the art of communication. 

When we play Pictionary, we communicate in various ways – teammates communicate and get ideas from one another. The person drawing communicates through an image. Others learn how not to communicate with the opposing team. We understand how to share our ideas. 

We also listen and get our thinking capacity stirred from others’ suggestions. All in all, Pictionary improves our communication skills. 

9. We discover how to motivate others. 

When playing Pictionary, more reserved people tend to hold back suggestions. Some hold back their guesses because they’re afraid their answer is so far out. As we play, we learn how to motivate others and try to get the win by involving others on our team. We encourage people to participate and get them to share their suggestions.

We sharpen our motivational skills when we’re encouraging our teammates. Being able to motivate others is a skill that you may have picked up from playing Pictionary. 

10. Our ability to think on our feet and make quality decisions is improved. 

Seeing a word on a paper and coming up with a strategy to communicate it to our team all within a few seconds stimulates our thinking capacity.

Thinking quickly on our feet involves decision-making. As we have to think faster, we become familiar with being in such situations. We enhance our ability to think quickly and respond as fast as possible when we’re in other circumstances. 

11. We pick up on how we can influence others. 

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Though some suggestions we make can be way out, it may trigger another thought related to the drawing we’re trying to guess. If you don’t call out that suggestion, you won’t see how you could have influenced a teammate’s thoughts. We see how our words and recommendations have the ability to influence others. 

12. We renew our creativity. 

Some people have no problem thinking outside the box, and they can come up with endless ideas. Can you do that? 

As you play Pictionary, you stimulate the creative side of your brain. Being exposed to new concepts and ideas and the way you process them heightens your creativity skills. If you want to improve your creativity skills, play Pictionary. You be surprised at the alternate means of seeing things. 

In closing

Most people may see learning or improving their skills as a cumbersome task, but not when playing a game! Play Pictionary more often, and as time progresses, you will have accidentally developed some fundamental life skills. 

We’ve run through how Pictionary can improve your drawing skills and spark your creative side. We’ve seen how you can improve your communication and enhance your ability to influence others. Isn’t playing a game the best way to learn unknowingly? Have fun playing Pictionary!

JC Franco

JC Franco serves as a New York-based editor for Gamesver. His interest for board games centers around chess, a pursuit he began in elementary school at the age of 9. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mercyhurst University, JC brings a blend of business acumen and creative insight to his role. Beyond his editorial endeavors, he is a certified USPTA professional, imparting his knowledge in tennis to enthusiasts across the New York City Metropolitan area.