Summer Scattergories Game

This Summer Scattergories game is a great for tweens, teens, and families! 

Games are a great way for family members to bond and have fun together. Along with your favorite board games, consider adding in a summer-themed game over the break.

This printable summer Scattergories game is both fun and educational. It will spark plenty of laughter and bring out some friendly competition.

Since you just download it and go, it’s an easy game to play on vacation, while hanging out in your backyard, or as part of a family game night.

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This game provides multiple levels of challenges and encourages creative thinking. It’s an excellent way to get everyone involved, no matter their age or skill level.

It’s a great boredom buster for tweens and teens and should definitely be on your summer bucket list. 

To play, you’ll need to download the free Summer Scattergories digital file found below. 

Summer Scattergories

This summer-themed game is similar to the classic board game with a new twist. Players still race the timer to come up with words that fit into specific categories, but there are a few key differences between the two games.

  1. This one is a printable game. Instead of pulling out a game board and category card, you’ll download the pages below for each player.
  2. The scattergories categories are summer-related and players should try to keep that season in mind when coming up with their answers. 
  3. Instead of rolling a letter die, you’ll use the letters printed on top of each page to start your words.

This is a perfect game for families of all sizes – you can play with two players, or as many as you like. With younger players, you may want to play in teams while older kids can compete against each other. 

Whether you’re playing with friends or family, Scattergories is a great way to spend some quality time together. 

Grab the instant download below to get started. The pdf file includes detailed instructions.

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Why Play Scattergories?

Scattergories is a fun and exciting category-style game for the whole family.

Aside from being a blast, it helps build several essential skills.

  • It challenges players to think quickly under pressure. 
  • Kids get to build their vocabulary in a fun, non-threatening way.
  • The game encourages problem-solving skills, as players need to think on their toes and come up with words that fit each category. 
  • Kids get to practice spelling out words accurately and swiftly.

So, not only is this game a fun way to keep everyone entertained during the weeks until the new school year starts, it’s also has a ton of educational value. 

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How to Play Summer-Themed Scattergories

The object of the game is to come up with different words that fit each category.

This downloadable game contains four game cards that need to be printed – one for each player. Each card represents a separate round or game. A game comprises 10 different categories that all relate to summer.

While playing, players have to come up with words that fit each category, starting with a particular letter, while trying to beat the timer.

During the game, players will use the letters found at the top of the page (to the right of the category list) as the first letter of their answers. As you go through the rounds on a page, you’ll use the same categories, but change out the starting letter of your answers.

There are three pages with words on top and one with blank lines for you to add your own.

To begin, you’ll set a timer for three minutes. Once that starts, players race to write summertime items that match each category. Remember to begin all of your responses with the letter on top and try to relate them to summer. 

For example, let’s say you’re playing the game with PARK on top. During the first round, all of your answers need to start with the chosen letter – P. So, for “way to cool off,” you could write popsicle on your answer sheet.

When the timer runs out, players go around sharing their answers. If any match for a specific category, neither player gets any points for them. Unique answers that fit the category each get one point.

The person with the highest point total for all four rounds wins that game. Then, set the timer again and start a new game.

If you’re having trouble with a word list or category, just substitute your own. The goal is for everyone to have a good time together.

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What Do You Need to Play Scattergories?

To play this printable version, you need little to get started. 

You’ll need the following items:

  • Game sheets for each player (free digital download) – use printer paper or cardstock
  • Pencil or pen
  • Timer

Gather these up, print the sheets on your home printer, and you’re ready to play! Just note that if you want to make it more durable, print the sheets on card stock paper.

This is such a great activity, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon or as part of an epic family game night. So, why not give it a try?

Download the free Summer Scattergories Game below and get ready for a fun time. 

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Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
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