Paper & Pencil Party Games

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Engaging guests in paper and pencil games is a simple, inexpensive and fun way to entertain at a party. There are multiple paper and pencil games, including picture games, word games and topological games, that you can play with guests of all ages.

Heads, Bodies and Legs

This picture game involves players taking turns to draw a pair of legs, a body and a head; players have to make sure no one can see what they are drawing. Each player is given a small piece of paper and begins by drawing a head on the top and folding the paper to hide the head before exchanging the paper with another player. The game continues by exchanging the pieces of paper and drawing the body and legs. At the end of the game, all the pieces of paper will have complete figures with a head, body and legs, drawn by different players.


In this word game, players compete to make out the longest word from a set of defined letters. At the start, each player contributes a letter to a pool until there are nine letters. The objective of the game is to make words using the nine letters. Whoever makes the longest word is the winner. Another variant of the game is to make as many words as possible, regardless of how many letters are used.

Dots and Boxes

This game requires preparing a rectangular arrangement of dots. Two players take turns joining dots together, either horizontally or vertically, to form lines. Each time a player forms a square by adding the fourth line to an "open" square, he gets one point. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.