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The Game of Categories


Activity Overview

Family Game Night is a great way to reconnect with family members and is a highly requested event in our house. All you need is some players and pencils and paper. If you are away from home and the traditional board game or just simply want to mix things up with something different, then the Game of Classification will not disappoint. Classification can be played by individuals or in teams ( which helps out younger kids and encouraged cooperative play). The game is more challenging than it looks and provides an opportunity to make it different every time that you play. Prepare for a lot of laughs from the answers that are conjured up.

Materials Needed

  • Several sheets of paper
  • Several Pencils

How to Play

  1. Each player or team should get a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Draw a grid or create a grid template on the computer to print out ahead of time. The grid should be 5 horizontal lines by 5 vertical lines.
  3. The top left corner will be left blank.
  4. The left column should be labeled with categories. Some examples include: Boy Names, Girl Names, Foods, States, Countries, Famous people, Colors, Games etc. The possibilities are endless.
  5. After your categories are chosen, randomly choose a 5 letter word to write across the top of the page with a letter in each box.
  6. Set a timer for 11 minutes and individuals or pairs can scatter and come fill in the grid.
  7. After the time is up, all players come back together and compare answers.
  8. Starting youngest to oldest, go around the room and have every team or individual read off their answers for each grid square.
  9. Original answers are worth 5 points, 1 point is awarded for a duplicate answer and 9 points are awarded if a grid box is left blank.

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