Bus Stop

A frenetic game of thinking up the most unique examples


Bus Stop is a pen and paper game that you can play anywhere.

How to play

Each player has a pen and a piece of paper with seven columns drawn on it.

As a group decide on seven categories for the columns. They can be any categories, as long as there are a good number of possible things that fit in each one. For example: food, colours, trees, countries, body parts, etc… The choosing is part of the fun.

To start the game one person recites the alphabet silently, another says stop. Then the first person announces the letter they stopped at. Everyone playing then has to think of a word for each category beginning with that letter as fast as they can and write them down on their sheet in row 1.

The first person to write an answer for every category shouts “bus stop”, the game pauses and everyone stops writing.

See what answers people have written down. A unique answer earns 2 points, an answer others have got earns 1 point and no answer means no points.

Carry on with different people reciting the alphabet and shouting stop, for as long as you like or until the paper runs out and then everyone tots up their scores.

Take it Further

There are lots more group games in the book Games, Games, Games, a publication with around 250 group games. The games are essentially co-operative in nature and develop skills and attitudes which encourage learning together and supporting one another.

If you want another game that would work with an online group try Spanish Omelette.

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