Guggenheim is a wordgame played in many countries, easy to learn, but requires some thought.
Number of Players: any
Age: 8+, however, age also heavily depends on the categories choosen. A category like toys is much easier to kids than say composers.
Materials: Pencil & paper for every player.
Time: About 10 minutes
Object of the Game:
To score the most points by making the most words.
The players should agree on some categories and a keyword. Good categories are: musical instruments, boy's names, tools, animals, flowers, girls names, capitals, countries/states, towns, musicians, historical heads of state, presidents, scientists, inventors, and so on. Each players draws a grid. The left most column is filled with the different categories. The top row is filled with the letters of the keyword. (See sample game below). Finally, players agree on a time limit. Depending on the category, it might be a good idea too define this. For example, if the category 'capitol' is proposed, one might ask: Present capitols or also past ones? Those of countries or those of US states?
How to Play:
When time is over, players should lay down their pen.
Players call out their words one by one. Every word earns 1 point for every player who did not have the same word.
Kids Fun Rating
our four kids rated the fun of this game (1 is awfull, 10 means 'play this always')
Mary and Mark agree on:
They put a book between them, and each fill in their grid.
|Country||Solomon Islands||United States||Germany||Algeria||Russia|
Marks Unicorn sparkles some discussion. They decide to dismiss it as being mythical, not real. Mark scores for all his other words except Rhino and snake, making 8 points. Mary scores for all her words except snake and rhinoceros, giving 10 points. Mary wins, due to her greater knowledge of composers.