Pictionary research activity

By Minervation,

This activity is based on the board game Pictionary, where you have to draw a word so that your team mates can guess it.

Here, we play Pictionary using research concepts intead of the usual game cards, allocated in to different levels of difficulty.

Allow around 30 minutes for this activity.

Equipment needed

  • Pictionary word sheet- cut up into strips and put into easy, medium, hard categories.
  • Three envelopes- to include the words folded up for people to take one as they come up to front.
  • Egg timer or stopwatch.
  • Leader to support each team and encourage them to think about the meanings of the words which they are given.


  1. Divide the group into two teams.
  2. One person from each team needs to come to the front to take a card from either the easy, medium or hard envelope.
  3. Having read the word they need to draw something which will help their team guess what word is on their card.
  4. When their team have got it correct or if the time runs out they need to say what the word was and give an explanation of what they think this word means.
  5. Allow time in between each word for discussion on the meaning and to explain to any new members what the word means.

Words with descriptions

Word Description Category
Research Finding out more about something and building on what we know about something. Medium
Placebo tablet This is sometimes given to people in a trial. It looks exactly like the real treatment but has no drug in it. A ‘fake’ drug which people take part of the trial. Easy
Blind trial The doctor knows whether the patient is taking the treatment drug or a placebo but the patient does not know. Hard
Double blind trial Neither the patient nor the doctor know which drug/medicine they are taking. Neither of them knows whether they are taking the real drug/medicine or a placebo. Hard
Medicines A drug which is used in treating disease or illness. Easy
MCRN East Medicines for Children Research Network East. Easy
Trial Used to test something out before it is used properly. Hard
Randomised Controlled Trial People in a trial which is randomised means they are given the new drug, old drug or a placebo by a special computer which decides which treatment they will receive. Hard
YPAG Young Persons Advisory Group- that’s this group! Easy
Research Nurse Help researchers with their studies, help them complete visits with patients, taking blood, observations, meetings with patients to check they are ok with the study which they are involved in etc. Easy
Research Officer They help support researchers with their studies, they help with documents, filing, organising patient visits, speaking to patients and the general running of the study. Medium
Clinical Trial These are used to test medicines and different treatments and find out how safe and effective they are to use. Hard
Ethics committee This is what researchers send their study to. People on the ethics committee will look at the study in detail, discuss if the study will benefit children and young people and that the benefits of the study out way the risks. Ethics committees can say no to researchers doing their study. An ethics committee has around 10-20 people who sit round a big table. Medium
Protocol This is a rather big piece of written work which researchers have to complete which explains what the study is looking at, how the study will help, what the study will involve and what patients will have to have if they take part in the study etc. Medium
Patient Information Leaflets These are what patients are given if they are suitable for a study. This has lots of information on about the study and will let the patient know what they will have to do in the study if they would like to take part. Medium