Play Categories

Play categories, the stop word game that you also know as Scattergories or City, Country, River.

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About Categories

Your goal: guess the right terms for the categories for each letter. But watch out: your teammates can be faster or the time runs out! Then you have to check the terms of your teammates and points are given.

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Scattergories is an entertaining game that tests your knowledge of words. It’s easy to learn how to play and fun to play. Scattergories was invented by Dr. Edward Thorndike at Columbia University in New York City in 1912. He wanted to find out what people knew about words. So he gave his students a list of words and asked them to write down as many words as they could think of that were related to each word on the list. Then he had them play Scattergories.

Each letter represents a category, such as animals, food, clothing, etc. Players then try to find words that fit into those categories. If a word fits, players mark it off by placing a checkmark next to it. Words without checks are eliminated.