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Board games with sculpting or drawing components are a fun way to get creative—and have a laugh!—with family and friends. We researched numerous drawing and sculpting board games, evaluating each for overall fun-factor, age-appropriateness, and applicability in various scenarios (e.g. parties vs. small groups). Our top pick, Pictionary, is easy to learn, ideal for all ages, and perfect for virtually any group size and scenario.
Here are the best drawing and sculpting board games.
Best Overall: Mattel Games Pictionary
Great for all ages
Two skill levels
May not have the novelty of other games
This classic game is a mainstay—and inspiration for a slew of other drawing-based games that came after it, no doubt—for good reason. Pictionary combines speedy sketching, hilarious guessing, and, of course, a timed component to really raise the stakes. It’s great for all ages and levels of artistic skill, and can be whipped on on a whim in groups of all sizes, including a mere twosome group. We love this particular variation for its included double skill levels: one for kids and one for adults. Plus, this version is more eco-friendly than the original, as it features reusable whiteboards instead of paper.
Best for Kids: Educational Insights The Playfoam Game
100 double-sided prompt cards
Playfoam doesn’t dry out
Two Playfoam colors; may need more for a large group
In and of itself, Playfoam—the squishy, moldable foam that never dries out—is a blast. Add Playfoam to a card game, and you have hours of creative fun. The kit comes with two colors of Playfoam, plus 100 double-sided cards. Each card gives a fun prompt to be sculpted with foam. There’s a timing element to the game, too, and it can also be played in teams. This game is great for sparking creativity in young kids. It’s also a fun and relaxing way for adults to unwind with the whole family, too.
Best for Teens: Hasbro Gaming Cranium
Perfect for teens and adults
Sculpting and drawing
Young kids may not be able to participate
Another classic, Cranium is a multifaceted board game that’s perfect for get-togethers among friends ages 16 and up. The content is appropriate and family-friendly, albeit not in a way that feels juvenile, making it perfect for teens and adults alike. Cranium is nuanced in its categories: In addition to drawing components, it also includes sculpting, acting, and world play. All in all, this game allows everyone to participate in numerous ways. It also promotes teamwork and can be a great icebreaker at parties.
Best for Adults: Drawing Without Dignity A Twisted Funny Adult Party Games Version of The Classic Drawing Game
Unlimited number of players
Designed for adults
Easy to learn
Not ideal for families with kids or mixed company
This card and drawing game pairs well with a glass of wine and a few of your closest pals. Decidedly not for kids, this game challenges players to draw out slang terms, innuendo, among other things. Each drawing must be completed in one minute or less, making this a high-energy, fast-paced game that’s bound to have everyone laughing.
Best for Parties: USAOPOLY Telestrations
No artistic talent necessary
Great for kids and adults
Must have at least four players
Similar to the old childhood game of “telephone,” this game capitalizes on the hilarity of erroneous interpretations. Instead of a word or phrase, though, this game requires silly, quick sketches under time constraints. Players interpret others’ sketches and vice versa, which ultimately results in some bizarre, laughable outcomes. This game requires no artistic talent, and is great for kids and adults alike. Plus, it’s super straightforward and can work with groups of all sizes, regardless of whether players have tried the game before.
Best for Small Groups: Nicky Hoberman Art Out of the Box
Easy to learn
Not a strategy game
This game allows anyone with some semblance of artistic talent to show off their skills, but it’s just as fun for those who are simply up for a creative challenge. This game consists of 80 drawing prompts, some of which include zany asks (e.g. drawing with your toes!). Great for all ages, but particularly middle-school aged kids, this game is a surefire way to bond, laugh, and connect in a small to midsize group.
Best for Artists: Createures Mythical Creatures Drawing Game
Sparks creative thinking
Can be played alone
No objective or winner
For anyone who loves far away lands and magic, this game is sure to be a blast. It consists of 150 different prompt cards, each of which details a characteristic of a creature. Cards are sorted by creature type or size. Pick a card and interpret it in a drawing as you see fit. Feel free to play this game solo or in a group, as it can also be fun to start a drawing, pick another card, and pass your drawing to the player next to you. This game is particularly fun for people who are skilled with a pencil and paper (though artistic talent isn’t a prerequisite). The simplicity plus the lack of “winner” in this game can be a great thing for kids and people who just want to practice drawing.
Best for Family Game Nights: Big Potato Sketchy Tales, Disney Edition
Great for family game night
Perfect for anyone who loves Disney
Over 150 different drawing scenarios
Basic Disney knowledge required
This giggle-inducing, Disney-centric drawing game is perfect for playing with the entire family. The game employs the “draw and pass it along” concept: Each player sketches their interpretation of a word on a card plus a Disney character on another card. The combination, as one might imagine, results in some pretty hilarious outcomes. This game is super easy to learn, kid-friendly, and makes the perfect gift for any Disney superfans in your life.
Our favorite drawing game, Pictionary, is a classic option that never gets old. Hilarious guesses and quick drawing lead to loads of fun for any number of people. If you're looking for a drawing game that's more appropriate for an adult crowd, check out Drawing Without Dignity, which is sure to be a hit among friends.
Why Trust The Spruce Crafts?
Sophie Wirt is an NYC-based writer and editor who has a love for crafting and DIY projects. For this roundup, she considered numerous drawing and sculpting board games, carefully evaluating each for age range, number of players, overall fun-factor, and customer reviews. All of the games feature drawing or sculpting components and should give an hour or more of play time.