Here’s an ice breaker game that requires competency in the written word and in basic drawing (or not) and is great for all sorts of situations, from parties (especially with alcohol) to first-time encounters.
Gather together a group of five to seven people. Sit together facing each other (preferably in a circle at a table) with each person equipped with an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper and a pencil.
At the top of the paper, each person begins by writing a sentence. This sentence could describe the person next to you (“John is wearing pink socks.”); something interesting you did that day or week (“Yesterday Susan and I discovered a poltergeist in the attic.”); or anything else on your mind (“I don’t think that thing Annie ate off the floor was an M&M.”).
Luckily the sentence doesn’t need to be easily drawn, which can make the game trickier and more comical. After everyone is finished writing, pass the paper clockwise. With new papers, everyone begins a drawing directly below the sentence to (try to) conceptualize it.
Once done, fold the paper so it hides the sentence above and then pass it on. The next person should see only the drawing, and then try to describe it in a sentence as best as possible. Afterward, he or she will fold the paper over the drawing and pass it on so the next person sees neither the first sentence nor the drawing, but only the second sentence. The next person draws based on the second sentence.
Continue this process until everyone receives his or her original paper. Finally, have everyone reveal each paper’s progression, which, if everyone has a sense of humor, should be a jolly grand time... or make you realize your friends are freaks.