Snowed in and looking for something fun to do? Check out our Winter Scattergories! Your family will love this exciting game, so be sure to grab this for your next game night! Just download, print, and play!
If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to jazz up your winter days and make them more exciting. There’s nothing better than a fun game to play with family or friends when it’s cold outside and you are stuck indoors.
My family’s favorites are Winter Charades, Winter Bingo, Winter Would You Rather, and of course, Winter Scattergories!
They get so excited when we pull out our scattergories lists and start playing! Don’t miss this awesome game that your whole family will enjoy!
I love that every time we play scattergories it’s a different game! With 5 different themed lists, 26 letters of the alphabet, and a blank list to create your own, you can have endless fun playing this exciting game.
Scattergories is also a great way to celebrate a holiday in a fun way!
It’s perfect for a family game night, a classroom party, or any time you need a good boredom buster! Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day Scattergories, Thanksgiving Scattergories, and Christmas Scattergories for more holiday fun!
What Is Scattergories?
Scattergories is a fun, fast-paced word game that exercises your brain and sparks your creativity.
Each round begins by choosing a letter and then filling out your list with answers that begin with that letter.
For every answer you come up with that no one else has, add bonus points to your score. This is sure to become your family’s new favorite game!
What You Need To Play Scattergories
- Printed Winter Scattergories lists for each player
- A timer
- An alphabet die or our printed letter squares
- Pens or pencils for each player
- Your family and friends!
How To Play Winter Scattergories
- Hand out answer sheets to each player, and choose one of the 5 lists: Snow and Ice, January, Winter Food, Staying Indoors, or Movies and Music. You can also create your own list using the blank one we’ve included!
- One player chooses a letter. You can do this by picking one of our printed alphabet letter cards from a bowl or hat, or you can roll an alphabet die. If you already own the traditional scattergories game, you can use the die that comes with it.
- Start the timer and start writing down your answers for each category until the time runs out. Answers must match the category and start with the chosen letter for that round. Each round is usually 3 minutes.
- Once the round is over, it’s fun to hear everyone’s answers! If you are keeping score, circle any answers that no one else gave, and cross them out if they match someone’s answer. Each circled word is worth a point!
- You can play as many rounds as you want! Just pick a new letter and use the same list or try a different one!
- The first word of your answer must begin with the letter chosen for that round.
- You can’t use the same word for more than one category.
- If you roll a letter that’s already been chosen, roll again.
- If your answer has more than one word that starts with the chosen letter, you get a bonus point. For example, if your answer is Wonder Woman for a famous superhero, you get two points!
Tips For Playing Winter Scattergories
You may want to allow more time for younger children during each round. Or, you can pair younger kids with an older kid or adult to work as a team.
If your category list seems difficult, consider using the blank list to make up your own list that is easier for young kids. They can use their own list while playing right along with everyone else!
I recommend printing enough lists for everyone to have their own. It’s so much easier to play when everyone has their own list to read from as they write down their answers!
Grab your printable winter scattergories clues and blank scattergories printable here as an instant download.
Round 1: Snow and Ice
- Something you can make out of snow
- Something white
- A word that rhymes with “ice”
- Something slippery
- A snow sport
- A place where it snows
- A name for a snowman
- Something you wear in the snow
- Something that freezes
- A word that describes snow
Round 2: January
- Something you put on a snowman
- Something blue
- A word associated with winter
- A place to visit in the winter
- A winter holiday
- A winter sport
- A word that rhymes with “cold”
- A place that gets cold
- An animal that hibernates
- A winter activity
Round 3: Winter Food
- Something you put in your hot chocolate
- A soup flavor
- A warm drink
- A yummy treat
- A word that rhymes with “soup”
- Food that warms you up
- Something mint-flavored
- Food that’s white
- Food to serve with soup
- A frozen food
Round 4: Staying Indoors
- Something cozy
- A way to stay warm
- A game to play
- A winter decoration
- Something you do while snowed in
- Winter clothing
- Something green
- A word that rhymes with “coat”
- A winter meal
- A place to take a nap
Round 5: Movies and Music
- A song that mentions snow
- A movie that takes place in winter
- The name of an actress
- A song you like to sing
- A musical instrument
- A movie treat
- A movie character
- A movie quote
- The name of an actor
- A place to watch a movie
For more scattergories fun, be sure to check out our growing list of scattergories themed games!