Sunday School Lesson Activity 014 the Forbidden Word - Bible Taboo Game

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  • The Forbidden


    This Bible game

    is similar to the

    game Taboo or

    Catch Phrase.

    The object of

    the game is for a

    player to have

    his/her partner

    (s) guess the word on his/her card

    without using the word itself or the

    five additional forbidden words listed

    on the card.


    1. Print out these pages on heavy

    paper or cardstock. Paper has a

    weight measured in the number

    of pounds or kg that a package of

    500 sheets weighs. 8.5 x 11 pa-

    per of 100 pounds or more is good

    enough for creating game cards.

    2. Use a paper cutter to cut off the

    edges and separate the cards.

    3. Shuffle the deck and follow the

    rules of play below.


    Traditional Rules

    An even number of players from four

    to ten sit alternating around in a cir-

    cle. Players take turns as the "giver,"

    who attempts to prompt his or her

    teammates to guess as many cards as

    possible in one minute.

    On each turn, the player draws five

    cards, studies them for a short time

    and places them in order, saving the

    hardest cards for last.

    Each card also has a list of forbidden

    words listed which may not be spoken

    by the giver. Should the giver say

    one, a player from the opposing team

    (who is watching the cards) cries foul

    and the giver must move on to the

    next card.

    For example, the giver might have to

    get his or her team to say "Jesus"

    without saying "Christ," "Son," "God,"

    "Cross," "Miracle," or the word

    "Jesus" itself. The giver may not say

    a part of a forbidden words. For ex-

    ample, using "base" in "baseball" is

    not allowed. The giver may only use

    speech to prompt his or her team-

    mates; gestures, sounds (e.g. bark-

    ing), or drawings are not normally al-

    lowed. Singing

    is permitted,

    provided the

    singer is singing

    words rather

    than humming

    or whistling a

    tune. The

    giver's hints

    may not rhyme

    with a word, or

    be an abbrevia-

    tion of a word.

    While the giver is prompting the

    teammates they may make as many

    guesses as they want with no penal-

    ties for wrong guesses. Once the

    team correctly guesses the word ex-

    actly as written on the card, the

    giver moves on to the next word, try-

    ing to get as many words as possible

    in the allotted time.

    If a particular card is too difficult,

    the player may simply pass to the

    next card, taking the penalty for

    missing a word.

    When time runs out, play passes to

    the next adjacent player of the

    other team. The playing team re-

    ceives one point for correct guesses

    and one penalty point if a forbidden

    word is spoken, and the opposing

    team receives one point each time

    the giver passes.

    Password Rules

    For some people who are not familiar

    with Bible terms, it may be better to

    use the cards like in the game


    In the game Password, the giver may

    provide only a single word to his

    teammate. Use the words suggested

    on the card as hints or suggest your

    own keywords. The teammate is then

    allowed to say only one word as his

    guess. If he/she guesses the word

    correctly, he earns a point for his

    team. (The cards that have names of

    more than one wordQueen of

    Sheeba - should be excluded from

    the game before playing.)

    You can score points by guessing the

    keyword within five tries. You can

    also provide more points for fewer

    guesses. 5 points for 1 guess. 4

    points for 2 guesses. Etc.

    About this document

    This document was created by Shad

    Sluiter and may be printed and pro-

    vided for educational purposes. It is

    available for download at

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