Partner Draw | UMC YoungPeople
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April 2020

Partner Draw

By Kaye Wolfinger

Some classic activities just won’t work over zoom, but this one is as good online as it is in person. With a few tweaks, you can make your next video conference even more engaging as students experience this fun activity.

Here’s the classic version when you are in person:

  • Have students pair up, and sit back to back, looking two different directions.
  • One person will have a writing utensil and a piece of paper.
  • The other person will have a simple drawing in front of them. (It is fun for everyone to have the same drawing.)
  • Give everyone a set amount of time to describe the picture to their partner.
  • When time is up, everyone can share, then trade places so everyone gets to draw

Just a couple of tweaks and it’s ready for Zoom:

  • Email or text a drawing to one student and have them describe a drawing to the whole group.
  • If you are using a platform that does breakout rooms (like Zoom), you can automatically split students into pairs and have one person visit a link to a drawing you put in chat and be the describer.
  • Bring students back together if they are in breakout rooms and share the results of your drawings!
Kaye Wolfinger is the East Ohio Conference director of Young People's Ministries. She also serves as the resource person for the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. Prior to joining the conference office she spent more than a dozen years serving in local churches across the conference.