150 Themed Pictionary Word Ideas for a Fun Challenge

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Pictionary is an enjoyable family game because it can be played anywhere with nearly any set of words. Excelling at Pictionary isn't about artistic talent. It's about thinking outside the box and coming up with unique ways to get a point across without speaking or using written words. Whether you have the actual board game or just want to play a game on the fly, adding your own words and themes to the game can make it even more creative and fun.

Party Pictionary Ideas

Play Pictionary at your next party with some creative lists of words and phrases.

Bridal Shower

  • Ring Bearer
  • Flower Girl
  • Wedding Dress
  • Wedding Rings
  • Wedding Cake
  • Bride
  • Groom
  • Unity Candle
  • Garter
  • Mother of the Bride
  • Church
  • Proposal
  • Wedding March
  • Kiss the Bride
  • First Dance

Baby Shower

  • Crib
  • Rattle
  • Stinky Diaper
  • Changing Table
  • Onesie
  • Bottle
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cut the Cord
  • It's a Boy/Girl
  • Diaper Genie
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Binky/Pacifier
  • Car Seat
  • Stroller
  • Baby Swing

Birthday Party

  • Candles
  • Cake
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Birthday Card
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Present
  • Bow
  • Over the Hill
  • Punch
  • Birthday Suit
  • Party Hat
  • Pinata
  • Goody Bag
  • Invitation

Educational Pictionary Ideas

Pictionary works well as a study tool, vocabulary game or just a fun activity for a classroom.

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Children's Stories

  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Cinderella
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Chicken Little
  • The Little Engine that Could
  • Corduroy
  • Goodnight Moon
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Science Terms

  • Gravity
  • Periodic Table
  • Photosynthesis
  • Force
  • Motion
  • Habitat
  • Food Chain
  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Gas
  • Cell
  • DNA
  • Carnivore
  • Herbivore
  • Omnivore

Math Terms

  • Obtuse Angle
  • Acute Angle
  • Right Angle
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Positive
  • Negative
  • Scatter plot
  • Bar Graph
  • Axis
  • Symmetrical
  • Mean
  • Volume
  • Perimeter
  • Area
  • Shape

Pop Culture Pictionary Ideas

Turn elements of popular culture into Pictionary words and phrases. You can use names of popular singers, movies, TV shows and events to add to the game.

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Female Singers

  • Whitney Houston
  • Lady Gaga
  • Mariah Carey
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Adele
  • Britney Spears
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Diana Ross
  • Janet Jackson
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Madonna
  • Cher
  • Dolly Parton
  • Beyonce

Male Singers

  • Tim McGraw
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Michael Buble
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
  • Elvis Presley
  • Garth Brooks
  • Ray Charles
  • Steven Tyler
  • John Lennon
  • Bob Dylan
  • Justin Bieber
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Elton John
  • Bruce Springsteen

TV Sitcoms

  • Friends
  • 30 Rock
  • Mad About You
  • Boy Meets World
  • Will and Grace
  • Full House
  • Big Bang Theory
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Seinfeld
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • The Office
  • That 70s Show
  • Frasier
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Popular Movies

  • Twilight
  • Titanic
  • Harry Potter
  • Avatar
  • The Avengers
  • Transformers
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Toy Story
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Dark Knight
  • Shrek
  • Jurassic Park
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars
  • The Lion King

Family Fun Pictionary Ideas

Tailor your game of Pictionary to fit your family. Create game cards with phrases to represent places you visited together such as vacation destinations, day trips, and restaurants. Use the names of family members, friends and pets as words for your game. You can also create cards that fit family members' interests, such as favorite foods, favorite movies, sports or locations such as schools and street names that are well-known.

Make It Your Own

There are so many different ways to play this game. To come up with new ideas, think about what that the players have in common, and try to think of topics and word lists that relate to shared experiences. The only limitation when it comes to inventing new ways to play Pictionary is your own imagination.

150 Themed Pictionary Word Ideas for a Fun Challenge