Scattergories is a different kind of trivia. Participants brainstorm words (using the alphabet) that match the category given. This game is a great way for participants to socialize and stimulate cognitive functioning by finding words in an adaptive way.
Ideal Group Size: 1:1 or small group
- White board (for larger group) or paper (for 1:1)
- Markers or pens
- List of categories – please see below for category ideas
- OPTIONAL - Official Board Game
- Gather participants in semi-circle facing the white board for larger group. If 1:1, sit at a table. Limit noise distractions in the background (no television, radio or chatting).
- Explain to participant(s) that we are going to play “Scattergories”.
- Tell participant(s) that the leader will write a category (see below) on the board/paper and together we will find something that matches each letter of the alphabet.
- Write category at the top of the white board or on top of paper. Category examples include:
- Girls/boys names
- Places (cities, countries)
- Next write the entire alphabet (A-Z - you can exclude U-Z if you wish) underneath the category.
- Then prompt participants: “Ok can someone give me an animal that starts with the letter A”. Then go through the alphabet (either in order or skip around from letter to letter).
- Make it a challenge. Encourage participants to try to come up with as many as we possibly can.
- Sometimes participants may get “stuck”. Provide clues to help: “Hmm an animal that starts with Z? Well I can think of one that has stripes and is black and white. Does anyone know what that could be?”
- Once you have completed the entire alphabet, you can continue to a new category or do just one. It’s completely up to the leader.
- Finally, thank participants for attending and congratulate them on a job well done!