Drawing and Sculpting Games

Get creative with these board games

Pictionary is probably the best-known of these games, but there are several other games that challenge players to draw or sculpt in order to win. Here are my picks for the best drawing and sculpting games.

  • 01 of 06

     Flickr CC 2.0 

    Pictionary is the classic draw-and-guess game. One person draws a card and has to draw what is assigned, without giving any verbal ​clues or gestures. Their partner tries to guess the word, with a one-minute timer signaling if they aren't successful. There are several versions are available (e.g. Nascar, Simpsons, Armed Forces, Austin Powers). For three or more players or teams. One of the newest versions has erasable markers and boards for drawing. While that may be convenient, it means you won't be able to keep your drawings for posterity except by taking a photo of them.

    A variation, Pictionary Man, has two teams each decorating a game piece as one-half of a paired clue, such as "Bride and Groom."

  • 02 of 06
    Cranium 2010 Edition
    Image courtesy of Hasbro

    Subtitled "The Whole Brain Game," Cranium includes both drawing and sculpting, in addition to other challenges like unscrambling words, answering trivia questions, etc. It comes with Cranium Clay to use for the sculpting challenges, and paper and pencils for the sketching challenges. Various boosters, themes sets, and a children's version are available. For four or more players.

  • 03 of 06
    Skribble Head

     Courtesy of Amazon 

    This is bound to be a blast. One player wears a drawing board on her head, attached to an elastic headband. She rolls to get an object she must draw on the drawing board while the other players guess what it is. Both the artist and the person who guesses correctly get points. It comes with a dry-erase marker.

  • 04 of 06
    Clarence Risher/Flickr

    A wonderful game of clay sculpting, the goal in Cluzzle is to have other players guess what objects you've created. But you don't want them to guess it too soon or too late. Meanwhile, you're trying to guess what other players have created as quickly as possible. It's played with three to six players and ages 8 and over. Cluzzle is essentially a simplified version of another fun clay sculpting game, Barbarossa.

    The beauty of this game is that you don't have to have any sculpting talent to do it. You actually want to delay the other players guessing what you're making. However, you lose if none of them can figure out what you've made, so you must have at least minimum talent. It was produced by North Star Games but is not in current production. You can find it on Amazon.com.

    Continue to 5 of 6 below.
  • 05 of 06
    Clay Mania

    Courtesy of Amazon

    Players have just 45 seconds to sculpt a mound of clay into an object while their teammates try to guess what they're making. You can animate the clay, but you're not allowed to say a word. For four or more players. It is no longer in production by Gamewright.com but may be found on Amazon.com.

  • 06 of 06

    Courtesy of Amazon

    This game has a nice twist on the drawing genre. In Skribble, you have no idea what you're drawing. Your partners are describing what you need to draw ("put a box on top of a circle...") and you have to guess what it is. For three or more players. It was formerly produced by TDC Games and is available on Amazon.com.