Scattergories Lists: Suggestions to Revitalize Your Game

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How many words can you come up with off the top of your head that start with the letter A? What if you had to think of something at the beach that starts with the letter C and you only had a few seconds to do it? This is the object of the game Scattergories. In this fun list game, a letter die is rolled, lists of letter categories are passed out and the timer is set. Players have a minute to come up with a word for each category that starts with the letter rolled. When categories that come with the game, like "Food at a Diner" and "European Destinations" no longer thrill you, it's time to pump some life back in the game by making your own Scattergories lists.

Reviving Your Game with Homemade Scattergories Lists

Next time you play Scattergories, make up your own lists using some of these category suggestions. A typical Scattergories list features 12 different categories related to different topics, so you can pick and choose from the categories to make your own customized lists, or play a themed game using single categories. Keep these new lists handy by printing out a free copy for each player. If you need help downloading the printable lists, check out these helpful tips.

Television and Movies

  • Soap Opera Stars
  • Classic Movies
  • Video Game Characters
  • Disney Characters
  • Scary Movies
  • Kids Movies
  • Classic TV Characters
  • Star Trek Characters
  • Comedies
  • Sitcom Characters
  • Cable Networks
  • A-List Celebrities


  • 80s Glam Bands
  • Teen Idols
  • Popular Rappers
  • Country Music Stars
  • Famous Composers
  • Rock Stars
  • Divas
  • Love Songs
  • Music Genres
  • Praise and Worship Songs
  • Boy Bands
  • Timeless Musicians


  • Classic Literature
  • Children's Books
  • Topics in Science
  • College Names
  • College Mascots
  • College Degrees
  • School Supplies
  • School Subjects
  • School Rooms
  • Math Skills
  • Famous People in History
  • Kindergarten Activities

Food and Drink

  • Cooking Shows
  • Pies and Cakes
  • Desserts
  • International Foods
  • Popular Restaurants
  • Types of Pop/Soda
  • Health Foods
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Unhealthy Foods
  • Types of Ice Cream
  • Spices
  • Types of Cereal

Sports and Hobbies

  • Collectors' Items
  • Team Sports
  • Individual Sports
  • Exercises
  • Yoga Poses
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Party Games
  • Kids' Games
  • Football Players
  • Basketball Players
  • Olympic Athletes
  • Olympic Sports


  • Animals at the Zoo
  • Creatures at the Aquarium
  • Park Animals
  • Pets
  • Types of Fish
  • Types of Dogs
  • Types of Cats
  • Animals in Africa
  • Creatures in the Desert
  • Carnivores
  • Herbivores
  • Types of Birds

People and Places

  • Cities in the US
  • Honeymoon Destinations
  • Famous Landmarks
  • Capital Cities
  • Amusement Parks
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • National Parks
  • Famous Authors
  • Politicians
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winners
  • Famous Millionaires
  • Supermodels

Daily Life

  • In the Bathroom
  • In the Bedroom
  • In the Kitchen
  • In the Garden
  • Things You Recycle
  • Things in the Dairy Aisle
  • Cleaning Products
  • Kids' Toys
  • Furniture
  • Household Chores
  • Household Appliances
  • Items of Clothing

Party Fun

Make Scattergories the main event at your next party. In addition to these categories, you can play the game with personalized or themed lists. For example, if playing with family members, make a category of cousins or family members' names. With friends from school, play games such as teachers' names. Use themes for bridal or baby showers, family reunions, or any other type of gathering. Themed lists can give the game a fresh take that will delight friends and family members.

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