My kids love Scattergories, so I made them this Christmas Scattergories game, and thought I’d share it with you too.
In case you haven’t played before, the rules are really simple. Start by choosing a letter and putting time on the clock. For bigger kids, one minute is usually long enough, but when my little ones are playing we use a two minute timer. You start in the Game #1 column and write down something for each category that begins with the letter you chose. Once the timer runs out you tally up the scores. You get a point for each unique answer you come up with. Then you choose a new letter and play the next round of Game #1. When you’ve played both rounds you tally up the scores and the one with the most points wins!
An Example Christmas Scattergories Game
Here’s an example, if our letter was “S” I might write down:
Christmas Song – Silent Night
Something at the North Pole – Santa
Something on your wish list – sander
A goodie – Snickerdoodles
A winter activity – sledding
A gift – Socks
Something you’d see at a lights displays – Sleigh
When the timer runs out, you compare answers with everyone else. If anyone said the same thing as you, everyone with that answer must cross it out. You get a point for each unique word you come up with. Then you choose another letter and play another round. Keep going until the sheet is filled up. Add up all your points and declare a Christmas Scattergories champion.
A Few Extra Rules
We play a few extra rules, but they are just optional. Take ’em, or leave ’em!
- You can’t use the same word more than once. For example, you can’t use Santa for something at the North Pole and also something you’d see at a lights display.
- You get two points if you can double up the letters. If I had said “slipper socks” instead of just “socks” for the gift, I’d get two points.
- Adjectives rule – for every adjective you add that begins with that letter, you get an extra point. Soft silver slipper socks would be worth 4 points in the Gift category. There’s a risk to this one though – if anyone else uses the same adjective on that item, neither person gets any points for the item. So if someone else uses “silver skateboard” for the Gift category, both people would have to cross their answers out and wouldn’t be awarded any points for that item.
Do you have any alternate Scattergories rules? Share them with me in the comments! Don’t forget to grab your Christmas Scattergories printable, then go check out our the Christmas section of our Holidayopedia for more Christmas fun and learning.