Since the regular version of Scattergories has long been a favorite game of mine, I was thrilled to get a chance to try out the Scattergories Bible version recently thanks to Discount Catholic Products. While I wasn’t exactly sure what the kids would think of the game, they were up for giving it a try and I was ready to coach them and snap some pictures.
Well, I’ll be completely honest, because I know that’s what you would expect from me. This was the scene at our house during the first round…
When Eric saw the picture, he both burst out laughing and asked if I was really going to use that in the review post. I told him that I really was going to, and here it is, just for you guys. I love that a couple of the kids look so over the top that it looks staged. It was not.
But, wait. Don’t jump to the conclusion that I don’t recommend the game. Give me a minute first.
We actually did enjoy the game. We just enjoyed playing it in an alternate way and I would actually recommend the Scattergories Bible version for several reasons. So, let me share some ideas with you about ways to play that aren’t strictly according to the rules but that make it a great game for lots of kids (even those that, like some of mine, aren’t crazy about timed games).
Alternate Ways We Played the Scattergories Bible Edition
- We had a lot of fun just grabbing a list, rolling the die (to find out which letter things needed to start with), and then just having everyone shout out answers they thought of – kind of a la Outburst style (which is also a game we all love).
- We spent some time playing in a more traditional way, but just extended the time allotted for each round. This also helped Noah (with Asperger’s Syndrome) since the noise of the timer kind of made him crazy. He actually said, “How is a person supposed to think with that going?” Nobody else complained, but I think the kids were glad to play with some extra time.
- Although we didn’t try this out, I think it would also be a fabulous game to play and actually take time to research for answers that nobody knows off the top of their head – almost like a Bible scavenger hunt!
Uses for the Scattergories Bible Edition
- As a traditional “board” game either strictly by the (rule) book or with modifications that best suit your family (ranging from extra time to Outburst style, and everything in between)
- As a tool for a religious education or Sunday school class, especially for older elementary, middle, and high school children (or with a group of adults, of course!)
- As a Bible scavenger hunt with your family, as I mentioned above
- As a fun way to reinforce Biblical studies in your school or homeschool
So, even if our first attempts at the game just as it came in the package left the kids scratching their heads (literally), we loved the game with some modifications that were perfect for us.
With the rush of the holidays done, these long, cold winter nights are perfect for family game nights. Perhaps Scattergories Bible Edition would be a good match for your family! Thanks to Discount Catholic Products for the chance to add it to our family game collection.
Disclosure: I received the game to review and was able to keep it after reviewing it. In addition to the game, I was compensated for my time in reviewing the game and writing the review. All opinions are my own.