Scattergories is a quick-moving word game--and it qualifies as a “board game" thanks to the small “board" each player receives to use as a writing surface. Each player also gets a sheet of paper with three columns and twelve categories. One player rolls the 20-sided die to select a letter, another player starts the timer, and everyone has a total of three minutes to come up with a word for each of the twelve categories that also starts with the letter on the die.
Play continues for a total of three rounds, with a new letter selected for each round. Players score one point for each answer given that isn’t matched by anyone else. So if, for example, the die came up as “R" and the category is “types of flowers", if two players give the answer “Rose" they’ll cancel each other out and neither gets a point. But if the third player replied “Rhododendron" and nobody else canceled him out by having the same answer, he gets a point.
As with Scrabble, arguments about whether a word is appropriate for use in a given Scattergories category can be heated--and very entertaining. Unlike Scrabble there’s no Spanish-language version of Scattergories, but the English version can be very easily adapted to Spanish; just create your own sheets to fill in, with categories in Spanish.
If you don’t feel your students have enough of a vocabulary to play on their own just yet, give them a list of Spanish-language vocabulary words to choose from. The catch: In order to score a point for an un-matched word, they have to provide its English translation. You could also play in English, but make students provide the Spanish translation of each English word before they claim a point. For a list of other readily available Spanish board games, click here.