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Mini Game/ Icebreaker
Max. participants
Min. duration
30 minutes
Cost per head
Online, In-Person
Team phase

About the intervention

Participants will write an initial prompt for the person next to them to draw. These prompts will then be shifted clockwise, and participants will draw the prompt they received. The drawings will be shifted clockwise again, and participants will write a description of the drawings they received. Rinse and repeat.

How to set it up.


  • No preparation 


  • Gather sheets of A4 or A3 paper. 1 sheet per participant per round.

  • Fold the sheets of paper into an accordion with 10 sides.

What to do during.


  • Send a Zoom link

  • Create Broken Picturephone room

  • Send Broken Picturephone link 


  • Hand every participant a paper accordion

  • Explain the rules and the selected game customisation (if relevant)

  • Write an initial prompt (1-2 mins)

  • Shift papers clockwise

  • Draw the prompt (1-2 mins)

  • Shift papers clockwise

  • Repeat steps 3-5 as many times as desired (3-7 times)

  • When finished, unfold accordions and look at what you created!

How you can mix it up ...

Remote adaptation: This game can be played in person and remotely.

Themes: This game can be customised by adding constraints to the initial prompts. Use these ideas below or create your own! a. Prompts related to cohort members (e.g., Steve was not happy in our morning meeting) b. Prompts related to past experiences (e.g., Our field trip to Cornwall) c. Prompts related to modules and teachers (e.g., Weston teaching us about human-centred design over Zoom) d. First sentence of a story (e.g., She woke up late for her exam).

Useful resources.

Play Broken Picturephone here, or a similar game called Gartic Phone here.

Broken Picturephone
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