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Word Association or Disassociation Game


Word association is a simple word game to play while waiting in a restaurant, on a long road trip or sitting around the campfire.  All you need to do is to start with one word and then say the first word that pops into your head.  The next person says the first word associated with the previous word.  Continue this pattern until a set number of words (ie 100 words or everyone takes 5 turns).  For example, if player one says CLOUDS, player two says the first word that pops into his/her mind ie SKY, next player says BLUE, next player says RAIN, next player says RAINBOW – POT OF GOLD – LEPRECHAUNS – ST PATRICK’S DAY – GREEN – GRASS and so on…..

For word dissociation, just change the rules and state the first word that pops into your mind that is NOT associated with the word.  For example, the starting word is FIRE – WATER – LIGHT – DARK – RAINBOWS – STARS – EARTH’S CORE – OUTER SPACE and so on….

Try it yourself.  Creating word associations is much easier than creating word dissociations.


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