There’s also an option to make it a two part game if you want to make it a little more gross at the end.
Here’s how to play it:
- Several cans of alphabet soup – one or two cans per team if done in groups or one can per person if done as an upfront game
- Bowls / dishes
- Cheap plastic tablecloths (optional)
- Empty the cans of alphabet soup into the bowls and put one bowl on each table
- Cover the tables with the cheap tablecloths. This may not be necessary if using plastic tables, but can be worth it if using tables made of a material that might be damaged by this game
As mentioned above, this can be done as either a group activity where all the youth are involved, or as an upfront game where only a few young people participate with the rest of the group cheering them on.
Part 1 – Alphabet Soup Game
Players / teams have to use the letters from the soup to create words. Set a time limit that they have to be completed by – 5 minutes should be enough.
It’s worth mentioning to them in advance to be careful when picking up the letters – if any of the pasta letters get broken, they can’t be used in any of the words.
There are a couple of different ways you can award points in this game:
- Earn one point for every word of 3 letters or more
- The longer the word, the more points you earn. e.g. 3 letters = 1 point, 4 letters = 2 points, 5 letters = 3 points, etc.
Consider offering a couple of bonus points to the person / team with the longest word.
Part 2 – Eat Your Words
Once the first part of the game is over, you can add in this additional Eat Your Words challenge. For this, each player has to eat all of the words they’ve created.
The only thing is, they have to do this without using their hands – the only way they’re allowed to eat the alphabet soup letters is by sucking them up from the table.
If you’re doing this in teams rather than as an upfront game, have them pick one person per team to take part in this.
The winner of this second part is the person who managed to eat their words the quickest.
Question: What other ways can you think of to play the Alphabet Soup Game? Any tips for making it more messy / funny / gross? Let us know in the comments below.
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