GeoPictionary
This game is very similar to Pictionary ©, but with geographic places and terms to identify.

1. Each "artist" is given a list of up to ten places or terms to draw within a given time–about five minutes. The number of points for each correct answer is decided before each game. The rest of the team tries to guess as many of the place names or terms as they can before their time is up. The team with the most correct answers wins.

2. The 'artist' may not use any letters or words while drawing. The drawer may not talk except to say "yes" to a correct guess.
3. You can play one round or several. If you play several, the first team to get to a certain number of points wins. In case of a tie, the team that used the least amount of their time wins.

4. Each group of places or terms should be similar. For example, all the places could be countries, counties, Irish towns or cities, specific physical features (Mourne Mountains, Sahara Desert, Mediterranean Sea) or geographic terms (sea, ocean, island, mountain). Players should be told by the drawer at the beginning of the round what the topic of his/her drawings will be for that particular round. See below for some sample lists.

5. The players from the opposing team make up the place or term lists for the other team. All or most people on the team making the lists must have heard of the places or terms and have a fairly good idea of where a place is located or what a term means. Otherwise, it should be considered too difficult for the other team to answer.

6. If no one can guess what is being drawn, the team can say "pass" and the drawer can skip that place or term and go to the next one. The drawer can return to all places or terms that were passed if time permits. The drawer can draw the places or terms in any order they wish. Useful Hint: Tell the pupils to pick the easy places to draw first.

7. It may help if the drawer has an atlas or map handy to help locate where places are before drawing them. A reasonable length of time may be given to each drawer to locate the places to be drawn.

Variation: Small groups could also play during times deemed suitable by the class teacher e.g. during breaks on wet day. They may wish to play as individuals. An 'artist/drawer' is chosen for each round. Everyone tries to guess what is being drawn. Each time someone says the correct answer, he or she gets a point. Time permitting, the game continues until all contestants have drawn once. Each player should chose his or her own category to draw before the drawing begins.

GeoPictionary
Sample Lists of Places and Terms