Making Fun Out of Graphic Facilitation!

So, you’re either here reading this blog because of three reasons…

  1. You want to find out what is so funny about Graphic Facilitation.
  2. You want to find out how to make Graphic Facilitation fun (like we already didn’t know)
  3. Or your actually interested in what we have to say as well as point 2!

Well, here is your chance to find out.

In this blog I am going to share some Graphic Facilitation games that are great for getting you started in your graphic facilitation journey or as an ice breaker at your next meeting.

All the following games require more than one person to participate.

I learnt all these games whilst on a Visual Facilitation course myself. I always refer back to their “Cookbook”.

FREE-HAND

This game is fairly simple. Everyone participating has a piece of paper in front of them and with a black pen or a pencil draw a scribble on the sheet of paper. This can be as scribbly or simple as you would like to make it.

Once you have made your scribble pass your paper to the person on the right.

Now you have someone else’s scribble in front of you.

Take a good look try and make it into something. Add colour or shapes.

Once you have finished making the scribble into an image, the group should lift their image up and show the rest of the group.

Example:

RE-CONSTRUCTION!

Everyone participating has a piece of paper in front of them and with a black pen or a pencil and draw a couple of shapes at the top of the paper.

Pass the paper to the person on your left.

Now you have someone else’s paper and shapes in front of you, you now need to make the shapes that they have drawn into an image. You can add colours, but you cannot add any more shapes to your image.

Once you have finished making the shapes into an image, the group should lift their image up and show the rest of the group.

This game can go on and on if you would like to make it longer.

Example

 

RUMOUR MACHINE!

Everyone participating has a piece of paper in front of them and with a black pen or a pencil and write a sentence at the top of the page. The idea of this game is that the person next to you will need to draw what you have written.

Once you (person 1) have written your sentence you then pass the paper to the person next to you (person 2) on your right.

They then need to draw your sentence.

Once they (person 2) have drawn your sentence, they fold the section of the page with your sentence so the next person (person 3) cannot see it. Person 3 then has to write a sentence based on the image that person 2 has created.

Once they have created that sentence, they then fold the section with the image on so the next person cannot see it.

This then goes on and on until the end of the page or the end of the group.

Then the group should unfold all the paper to see what the first sentence started off at and how it changed throughout the group. 

 

FOLLOW THE LEADER!

The leader will start drawing a picture. It can be as fancy or simple as they like. The person on their right should start to copy the image line by line. Once the leader has finished their drawing, they turn their piece of paper over so the second person can no longer see their drawing.

Then the third person starts to copy the second person.

Only when the person finishes their drawing does the next person start.

Once the image has gone round the whole group everyone should show their image.

You can then put the first person’s image and the last persons image next to one another to see the difference.

 

SAVE THE BUNNY

Everyone participating has a piece of paper in front of them and with a black pen or a pencil, they all start off drawing a small bunny in one of the bottom corners.

You then pass the paper to the person on their left.

Now every person should add to the picture something that could harm the bunny (a fox, a wolf, a meteor etc)

Then again when everyone is ready, they pass their paper on to the person on their left.

Now every person should draw something that eliminates the threat, so the bunny stays alive. Then pass the paper again.

Then everyone should draw something that will eliminate the thing that eliminated the initial threat, so the bunny is in danger again.

Pass again and repeat as many times as you like.

Example

Example of Save the bunny game - Bunny, Meteor, Big Net, Scissors, Fire and a bucket of water

These are only a couple of games which can be really fun to play and break the ice at your next meeting. They will get everyone excited and motivated to stay tuned in to what is being said. 

Why don’t you have a go?

Have a go at some of the games above and post them on our Facebook page or LinkedIn

(All games are from the Visual facilitation cookbook)

Do you want to learn more?

Why not try our Graphic Facilitation Course

 

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