Activities & Games

Winter Pictionary
Kindergarten-5th Grade

Allotted Time

20-30 minutes

Target Behavior

Respond to another person's feelings

Words to Live By

I love and accept who I am on the inside and know my emotions are nothing to hide.
Social Awareness
Step into the shoes of others to see how they feel

Children who step into the shoes of others can:

ANALYZE how students being left out might feel

DEMONSTRATE an ability to  listen to others

LABEL others’ feelings based on verbal and non-verbal cues in different situations

DESCRIBE how different people interpret the same situation


Students work together on teams in this winter-themed pictionary activity.


  • Blackboard and chalk or whiteboard and dry erase markers
  • Slips of paper with a different winter items/objects on each one (example list found on last page)
  • Timer

How to Play

  1. Download and cut out the Winter Pictionary slips in the Downloads and Links section below.
  2. Divide students into two teams.
  3. Team 1 sends up their first player, who picks a slip of paper, reads it, and hands it to the leader.
  4. Start the timer. The first player draws their item from their slip on the board while Team 1 guesses.
  5. If Team 1 guesses correctly before the timer runs out they get two points. If Team 1 does not guess correctly, Team 2 gets one guess. If they guess correctly, they earn one point.
  6. This continues switching up which team is drawing/guessing. Play until the time is up or until all slips of paper have been used.

Activity Prompts for Reflection

  • What is an emotion someone else in the group felt during this activity? Why?
  • How do you think the other team felt during this competition?
  • How did you show the person drawing that you were listening to them?
  • When you were the drawer what emotions do you think your teammates felt?

Other Ways to Play

  • At the beginning have students write winter words on slips of paper, shuffle them up, and use these for the game.
  • Help younger students by whispering the winter word into their ear when it’s their turn to draw.
  • Once all the slips have been used, start over with the slips and have students act out what is written on the slips of paper.

Additional Notes

  • Decide how long to make the timer based on the age of your students.
  • Use the SEL Activity Prompts to tie other SEL competencies to this activity.

Downloads and Links

SEL Activity – Winter Pictionary Slips

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