This categories game is based on the popular party game Scattergories, it’s perfect for activating vocabulary and having a bit of fun.

Divide the board into six squares and at the top of each square write a category heading.

Categories might include: Countries, Games and sports, Cities, Animals, Food and drink, Verbs, Adjectives, Jobs, Famous people, Things you find in the bathroom/kitchen, Things you take on holiday, Fruit and vegetables, Things that fly

categories game
Categories – click to enlarge

Divide the class into two or three teams and have them think up team names. Give each team a blank sheet of paper and ask them to create an answer sheet by copying the category layout on the board.

Choose a letter of the alphabet. Write it next to your table so you don’t repeat yourself later.

As quickly as possible teams must try to think of a word that fits each category and which begins with the given letter. They should write their answers under the appropriate category on their answer sheet.

For example, if category headings include Animals and Drinks, and the letter you’ve chosen is B, teams might write Bear and Beer in the appropriate categories. The game can be made more difficult by choosing more challenging letters.

As soon as a team has a word for every category they should shout stop! The other team(s) must immediately stop writing and put their pens down.

Take the answers from the first team to finish and give a point for each word that fits correctly, then collect the answers from the other teams and award further points. If there are allegations of cheating you can always check the teams’ answers on their answer sheets. The team with the most points at the end of x rounds is the winner.

One way to score the game is to make marks inside the category square for each correct answer. Either use a different colour for each team or use a different symbol, e.g. I,O,X.

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