Back-2-Back Drawing

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Demonstrating the proper sitting technique for the Back-to-Back team building activity

Group Size


  • Clipboards
  • Blank Paper
  • Pencils
  • Drawing Templates - Paper with one shape each, such as a six-pointed star, a snowperson, a spiral . . .

Set Up

  • Have group divide into pairs
  • Each pairs sits back-to-back.
  • Give one person in each pair the clipboard and pencil.
  • Give the other person in each pair the template of a shape.


The individual with the template has to get her partner to draw an exact duplicate of the shape on her sheet, using only verbal directions.

After they are done, the partners compare the provided shape with what was drawn.


To each pair, you can add with one person to be the observer. After one round, change roles.

__ Have the group perform the activity more than once, with different templates.

  • The first time through the exercise the "drawing" person is not allowed to speak to the "direction giver."
  • The second time, the drawer is allowed to ask only yes/no questions.
  • The third time, the drawer can ask any question they like.

__ Allow each pair to sit face-to-face. The "direction giver" is not allowed to speak; he must get the drawer to draw the shape using only visual cues. (But direction giver must know show the template.)

__ In a large group setting, one person could be the direction giver; all the rest are drawers. No one else is allowed to speak as they 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.[Teampedia requests clarification of this. If you know this activity, please explain it here.]


  • What was it like to give directions? How was it different when the drawer could ask questions from when she could not?
  • What was it like to receive directions?
  • What was it like not being allowed to ask questions?
  • Once you could ask questions, did that make the job easier? Why?
  • Why are the pictures different, when everyone heard the same message?
  • Do you think people communicate differently?
  • Do you think people receive or perceive the instructions the same? What should/would you do to clarify? What's stopping you from simply asking?
  • Do you know your teammates well enough to communicate effectively to get the same results?
  • If person x said to the group "ABC" would it be perceived the same as if person y also said "ABC"?

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