Has anyone played the game Telestrations!? Its probably my favorite game ever! My in-laws bought it for Christmas last year and the family has enjoyed playing it almost every time we have company over. Its impossible to play it without laughing till your cheeks hurt. 🙂 The game is basically a cross between “Telephone” and Pictionary. You start with a “secret word” that must be drawn in 1 minute. Once everyone’s photo is drawn you pass your book to the next person who must guess what it is that you drew. They write their guess on the next page and pass it along. The next person must draw that person’s guess. The word almost always gets twisted as people screw up the drawings and it is SO FUNNY. You pass the books along the circle until you end up with your own book. Then we go around the circle sharing our books and laughing at all the terrible drawings. You “win” if your word stays the same all through the circle, but that’s no fun. We just play to laugh at the photos. 😉
I wanted to play this in Virginia with my family and friends we’re planning to have over but I didn’t want to fork out $50 for the party edition (12 players) so I thought I’d just MAKE my own version of it myself! Honestly, you could play this with notebooks of paper and pens, but its so convenient to have the little booklets you can just flip through and erase. Having the “Sketch it” and “Guess it” pages help keep you on track. I’ll include the link to buy the game too in case this is too much work. Haha, its seriously the funnest game ever!
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If you want to save $50 and get crafty to make your own here’s what I did!
1. I designed the pages for the game and printed them on regular 8.5×11″ card stock. I’ll include those below if you want to print them off.
2. Then I cut them out and used regular ol clear packing tape to “laminate” the drawing side of the cards. You could use actual laminate, but dang is that stuff expensive! I wanted to make this as affordable as possible, so using tape was a very cheap way to do it, and it works as a dry erase surface too! Be careful to smooth it out and not get any crinkles or bubbles in your tape/laminate so you have a smooth drawing surface.
3.Once the pages are laminated, assemble the books! Its important to remember that If you’re making 8 books, each book will need to have 8 draw/guess pages. If you decide to make 10 books, each book needs 10 draw/guess pages. I personally made 8 books, but you can do your own math and calculate how many pages you’ll need for the size of your typical crowd. The great thing about doing it yourself is that you can always make more pages if you decide to in the future and just add to your books.
4. Once the books are assembled and you figured out how many of each page you’ll need, just hole punch two holes at the top of your pages. To make them line up, I did the first two hole punches and used that page as a guide. I would hold it up to the un-punched pages to see where I needed to punch the holes. This made it easy to line the holes up for the next part.
5. Once you have the holes punched, assemble the books! There are two ways I thought of to do this. The cheaper way: string or twine! The nicer/more durable way: key rings! Key rings are really cheap too, but not something you’ll typically have a stock pile of laying around.. So I used twine initially. It was something I had on hand and easy to use. With this, you have to make sure to tie it with lots of extra room so you can easily flip the pages of the book without it getting stuck. I think I’m going to try and find a package of key rings to upgrade them though. I think key rings would just be a bit easier to work with and last longer.
6. Once your books are assembled, buy a pack of dry erase markers! To play this you will need either a stopwatch or a 1 minute timer (we just borrowed the sand timer from pictionary!) and cards with draw-able things on them (again, we used pictionary cards.) You could use cards from a number of games for different results! If you have zero games with cards, just make up your own words! It totally works too!