Alliteration: A team building game about words

Alliteration simply means the occurrence of same letter or sound at the beginning or closely connected words. The game of Alliteration revolves around this theme. At its best, this game is like an array of tongue twisters. Alliteration is a fun verbal icebreaker that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


Group Size: 5-10

Time: 15-20 minutes

Equipment: Ping Pong Ball (or a stop watch)

How to play Alliteration?

  • All the players sit around the circle.
  • A player is assigned with a ping pong ball and ask him to name as many words as possible from letter S (or any other random letter).
  • The ping pong ball is passed around everybody in the circle and the player must name maximum number of words from letter S.
  • The duplicates are discounted while every other remaining word existing in the dictionary is taken into account.
  • Every player takes turns to name as much word as they can starting from a certain letter.
  • The player with the highest number of words wins the game.

Key Takeaways:

  • While passing the ping pong ball, the players should not watch the ball go around as within the paradigm of the game, they are the ‘ball’ itself. It will obviously freeze or panic them.
  • Closing eyes helps a great deal while naming the words.
  • The game can be easily played with a stop watch instead of a Ping-Pong ball.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Alliterations helps to build up your vocabulary.
  • This game also helps to build a clear idea on similar sounding words like by/buy, weather, whether etc.
  • It also helps to build up listening skills as duplicates are closely monitored.