For some parents, getting kids to participate in educational activities, much less enjoy them and want to participate, is no small task. In our home, Eva (age 9) is always ready to learn, but the other three can take some poking and prodding. Our family made the big leap into homeschooling this year (more about that in a post coming up later), and I wanted to find some educational games that I could incorporate into our weekly activities. I check out one of my favorite places for board games, Winning Moves Games, and found two in particular that I just had to have! (Games pictured above provided at no cost to facilitate this review) Our entire family is getting in on the board-game-learning; and having fun while we do it! I know you’re kids will love these games just as much as mine do!
Kids learn all about the United States by racing their trucks across country buying and selling goods along the way. Players will become familiar with the fifty states, their locations, capital cities, top products and learn interesting STEM facts about each state!
I’m such a kid at heart. I swear when I saw this game I almost jumped out of my seat! I had completely forgotten about this game, but when I saw it, suddenly memories of playing it with my big brother came flooding back. I could hardly get the board set up fast enough to call all the kids over to play (I don’t think they have ever seen their Mom so excited to start a simple game). We had a blast not only making our way around the board buying and selling goods, but reading the different state cards and learning new facts about each one.
We don’t have to cover Geography yet in our homeschooling curriculum but my kids will be getting a head start with Game of the States! Each time they play and travel the board game, they’ll be visually seeing where the states are geographically as well as seeing State capitals listed. In this game, players also get to check out some of the goods each particular state is known for. Bonus is that this game is also STEM approved (hands on learning)! All of my kids, ages 5 to 14 loved playing the Game of the States! The cards were easy enough for my 2nd grader to read and being the “banker” is a whole lot easier in this game than in Monopoly! Even Levi (age 5) had so much fun with this game, he just had to have some help reading the cards. Going on a road trip? Pack up the deck of cards and quiz each other on trivia questions as you travel through the states! This is one of those games we’ll be playing, enjoying, and learning from for years to come!
Click HERE to purchase the Game of the States – $20.95
The original version is back by popular demand and todays kids will be puzzling, sketching, sculpting, acting and code-cracking with the Cranium Cadoo game.
I had never played any of the Cadoo games before, but as soon as we finished playing The Game of the States, my kids were clambering to break open Cranium Cadoo as well. I found this game, not only simple to play, but interactive, creative, and filled with plenty of hands-on-fun!
Roll the die. Get Solo? Answer the question on your own. Roll a combo and everyone gets to answer. Get four of your tokens in a row to win! I came to apprecidate the level of creative ability thanks to this game. Not that we never play with Play-Doh or draw and color, but this game shines a spotlight on all of those talents! Aside from learning through trivia questions, kids also get to exercise different ways to communicate answers through art, acting, and more! “Mom, this is the best game ever!” – Nope, that didn’t come from my younger kids, that one came from my oldest 14-year old daughter, Mariyah. I’ve never seen her so willing to pay with her younger siblings!
Know what I especially LOVE about this game? It cleans up in such an organized way! Everything has a place which means putting it away, and getting it back out to play again, is easy for every age!
Click HERE to order Cranium Cadoo – $25.95
It’s been a week of board game playing in our house. My kids have, on their own, been turning off their electronic devices and the TV so that they can play these two games. Neither the Game of the States nor Cranium Cadoo have been packed up long enough for me to put them up on the shelf. Considering that not only are my kids having fun, but that they are learning as well, I don’t plan on putting them way any time soon!
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