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Welcome to Day 2 of Family Geography Using Geography Quests. I hope this week you’ll find some practical advice on how to have fun with geography as a family. Our family loves to play games. How about you? Here’s a list of the geography themed games in our closet. Which are your favorites?
Games for United States Geography
Where in the US is Carmen Sandiego ?- This one is still around in software form and it’s easy to pick up at used book sales. While its world counterpart has gone out of date, the US edition is fun to play and is still relevant.
Scrambled States of America (and the card game version)- based on the book, The Scrambled States of America, these fun games reinforce state spellings and shapes.
Ticket to Ride- Best with the expansion, this game is loads of fun and helps to familiarize players with the continental US and its Canadian border to the north. You have to build routes by collecting train tickets.
Borderline (US)- a card game where you lay down cards that border ones that have been placed down.
Great States- This game touts landmarks and state industry along with state capitols and a detailed map for reference.
Great States Junior- great little game for primary kids on US Geography. You can match state shapes and learn state spellings or what states begin with M, for example. One card set is all landmarks for each state and the board is big and colorful for players to reference.
10 Days in the USA- this is a tough game where you try to build a ten day itinerary with some rules that make it more difficult- like not being able to switch your cards after you first place them.
Games for World Geography
Ticket to Ride Europe (and the expansion)- There are a few European versions which focus on one country or region of Europe, but this is the whole of Europe and it has rules not introduced in the original version.
Borderline- a card game where you build on opportunity with border cards you hold.
Around the World in 80 Days- based on the book by Jules Verne. You get the sequence in which the trip was taken along with the general setting of the story in a game.
RISK/Axis & Allies- allows kids to have some general geography awareness with necessarily being entirely accurate. RISK is all about world domination, but Axis and Allies is a World War II themed game. So, if you have any WWII buffs (like I do), this game is a lot like RISK but way more detailed and you have different resources to work with like planes and a navy.
10 Days in the Americas- This is the newest of the 10 Days series of games and concentrates on the geography of North and South America.
10 Days in Europe- Travel around Europe by foot or car in this itinerary building game.
10 Days in Asia- This map includes Oceania and the rest of Asia. You can travel by boat, car, railroad and it’s the most intricate of the 10 Days series.
10 Days in Africa- All about the continent of Africa you can travel by air, car, or foot. You’ll know the countries in Africa in no time after playing this one a few times.
Make Your Own Geography Games
We make our own games as well. E15 made a Truth about New York game a few years ago which plays like Monopoly only you can build parks and monuments instead of hotels and houses among other things. The first time he hand made the cards and once it was destined for the New York State Fair, he upped his “game” and worked out the cards on the computer. It came home with a blue!
Find out more about making your own games from materials and resources to themes for games in the post Adventures with Games.
In the game Conversion, you are a missionary who is trying to convert the peoples to Christianity. The geography in this game is Europe (in the Middle Ages).
Games are fun way to go Geography Questing as a family. Pull out your favorite game and play today. Better yet, work on plans to make your own game. Don’t forget to subscribe to Blog, She Wrote via email so you don’t miss this Hopscotch series on Family Geography Using Geography Quests. You can see what other iHN bloggers are up to this series by clicking the picture below.