Back-2-Back Drawing

Additional Info

  • Hours: 30min - 1h
  • Participants: More than 10
  • Methodology: Virtual or Face to Face
  • Objectives:

    Activate the connection between team members.

  • Materials:
    • A PC with webcam or similar device for online collaboration
    • Clipboards with Blank Paper
    • Pencils
    • Drawing Templates
  • Procedure:

    Set Up

    • Have group divide into pairs (or groups of three with one person as an observer) and sit on the floor back to back.
    • Give one person the clipboard and a pencil.
    • Give the other part of the pair the template of the shape to be drawn.

    The individual with the template has to get their partner to draw an exact duplicate of the shape drawn on their sheet using only verbal directions.
    After they are done, the partners should compare the provided shape with what was drawn.


    • Have the group perform the activity twice with two different templates.
    • The first time through the exercise the "drawing" person is not allowed to speak to the "direction giver."
    • The second time they are allowed to ask only yes/no questions.
    • A third time, the drawer can ask any question they like.
    • Another variation would be to allow the pairs to sit face-to-face, however, the "direction giver" is not allowed to speak. They must get the person to draw the shape using only visual cues. Of course you would have to make sure that the direction giver doesn't just hand over the template.
    • In a large group setting, one person could be the direction giver for the rest of the group. No one else is allowed to speak and everyone must try to draw the shape the direction giver is describing. Afterwards, have everyone compare their drawings.
    • Print out a "7 errors" game. Give one illustration to one player and the second to the other player. The goal for the team is to compare drawings and find the 7 errors while sitting back to back.


    • What was it like to give directions? before they could ask questions, then after.
    • What was it like to receive directions?
    • Was it difficult not being allowed to ask questions?
    • Once you could ask questions, did that make the job easier? Why?
    • Why are all the pictures different???? Everyone heard the same message.
    • Do you think people communicate differently?
    • Do you think people receive or perceive the same instructions the same? What should/would you do to clarify? What's stopping you from simply asking?
    • Do you know your teammates enough in order to communicate effectively to get the same results?
    • If person x said to the group "ABC" would it be perceived the same if person y said the exact same thing?
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