Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

I was given this board game for the purposes of the review and I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!

Many of you know that we are a huge gaming family. We play several games a week if not once a day most of the time. What’s not to love about the opportunity to check out a new game? After seeing a What’s in the Bible DVD all about the book of Kings & Chronicles, our 9yo was excited to try this game out. He was not disappointed and he invited us all to play. He knew all about Israel’s desire to have a king and the struggles that ensued as a result. Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game is a fun board game for reinforcing all sorts of lessons about ancient Israel.

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

Benefits of Playing Kings of Israel in Your Homeschool

Games are full of worthwhile experiences for kids. Kings of Israel is no exception. What can Kings of Israel bring to your homeschool?

  • Introduce students to ancient Israel
  • Learn the geography of ancient Israel
  • Teach about kings and the political system of Israel long ago
  • Learn about prophets
  • Coordinate game play with history lessons
  • Reinforce Bible lessons
  • Share the game with friends and youth groups
  • Provide an alternative to screen time through board game play
  • Enjoy a fun and challenging Bible game
  • Download matching curriculum- a Bible Study Rulebook and supplement studies for Kings of Israel
  • Play a simpler version to teach several Biblical topics with the same game.
  • Challenge your teens along with your middle schoolers with a game geared toward older kids while still being fun to kids in late elementary (assuming they have game experience).
  • Inspire players to make their own games. Our 16yo Ethan made a game in 8th grade called Conversion which was a game all about converting believers in The Middle Ages.

Emphasize Cooperative Play with a Biblical Board Game

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

We have a few cooperative games, but Kings of Israel presents a unique challenge to players. You must work together to build altars and remove idols before the false prophets cause the people of Israel to stray. Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure all players understand the purpose of the game.
  • Go over effective strategies like removing idols as soon as possible.
  • Use the tutorials if you having trouble understanding the game play
  • Easy & Expert Versions are available in the rule book to help multiple ages play together.
  • Work out a way to make decisions so you can work together. We have one child who often does not agree with the other team members’ strategy.

The key to success is working as a team with the resources you collect to abolish idols, build temples, and defeat the false prophets.

Details on Kings of Israel Game Play

It takes some time to read the rules and get set for game play, but FunHill Games is equipped to help you out. Visit is this link for the official rule page on Kings of Israel.

If you still want more information on how the game plays, you can view this video tutorial on how to play Kings of Israel. Don’t be discouraged that the game is too much to learn. Our 9 year old had no problem at all setting up the game and reading the directions himself. In fact, he taught the rest of us to play.

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Discount on Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

How exciting to have a discount opportunity on this cooperative, Biblical game. Read the details below to get 20% off your Kings of Israel purchase until April 16, 2015

  • 20% off with promo code   ►KINGSPRO on Amazon
  • If you’ve never used a discount code on Amazon before, here are directions on Amazon for where to put a promo code.
  • Code works only on Amazon, not on the funhillgames site.
  • Coupon expires April 16, 2015
  • Regular cost of the game- $49.99

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game Giveaway

FunHill Games is generously giving away 5 games. Good news for international participants, they’ll ship anywhere in the world. Be sure to enter before March 19, 2015.

 

Kings of Israel is a wonderful family investment in a game, a Bible study, and a cooperative experience.

 

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100 Family Games for Kids of All Ages

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Family Games for Kids of All Ages

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Achieve Quality Family Time with Games

Games are a terrific way to spend time together as a family. Instead of discussing school and business, you can engage with each other on a common goal. Here are a few ways to make game time easier.

  • Games from the Hat– One rainy Fourth of July we voted on various games to play and threw them into a hat. We spent the day pulling games from the hat and enjoying them together.
  • Sticks in a Jar– Pictured below, the sticks have the names of our games on them. This is a creative way to remember all the resources you have to use and the objective way of making sure you use them!

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Family Games for Kids of All Ages

Preschool Games for Family Fun

There are a lot of games out there for young children. They make a great start into the world of taking turns and playing games together.

  • Moon Balance Game– a fun game of balance using a cylinder blocks on a rocking moon surface
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar– A feed the caterpillar game based on the Eric Carle book
  • Boggle Junior– fun preschool letter and word game
  • All Around Town– A lovely errand running game which makes a great go along for the book The Big Green Pocket Book.
  • Scrabble Junior– Word game for young spellers
  • Don’t Wake Daddy– Just plain fun for moving around the board and taking turns.
  • Silly Faces– Colorforms faces make for a lot of fun
  • Candyland– Need I say more?
  • Chutes & Ladders– Just when you get to the end, you have to start over! This is a great add on gift price.
  • The Ladybug Game– Nice first game for preschoolers
  • Sequence for Kids– An animal themed sequence game for young players
  • Goodnight Moon– Memory game based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • ABC Game– by Eric Carle on letter recognition and sounds
  • Clue, Jr– a young player version of Clue introduces kids to the game play of figuring out the mystery. Each version has a theme that is kinder than the murder mystery of the regular game.
  • Rivers, Road, & Rails– Path laying game for younger and olders, but game play starts at preschool age.

Math Games

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Games for Kids of All Ages

Parents everywhere get sneaky with math games. What’s not to love? Whether you are practicing computation, strategy, or visual discrimination these games will make it all a fun time.

  • Monopoly Jr– Counting money skills for young players. This one requires no strategy. It’s all in the luck of rolling and landing.
  • Spot It– visual discrimination game
  • The Amazing Labyrinth– Gather all the artifacts by navigating the moving labyrinth board
  • Blokus– Spatial reasoning game for all ages
  • Triominoes– Triangular domino game
  • Dominoes– These come in various configurations with as many as 12 dots on the highest domino. If your kids aren’t playing a game, they can use them to build tracks
  • Monopoly– Classic game of money domination, fun for all
  • Monopoly Empire– Buy brands and win by having the most money
  • Monopoly Millionaire– Great game for teaching place value in large numbers, the first player to one million dollars wins!
  • Monopoly Electronic Banking– Use an ATM card to handle all your money and there’s a machine to keep track of the big sums
  • Math Dice– Roll the dice and use the numbers to come as close you can to the target number. You can use any operation in your skill set so this is a great game for abilities (just not maybe all at once!)
  • Math Dice Jr– Same as the original with larger dice and simpler operation suggestions and a scoring mat
  • Yahtzee– Roll the dice and try to score points as you collect elements of a poker type hand. Great for practicing adding.
  • Zingo 123– Number recognition with two levels of play starting with preschool and going to 5th grade
  • Sumuko– Number tile game based on multiples

Geography Games

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Family Games for Kids of All Ages

Geography games are a lot of fun! They are a great way to practice geography skills and facts. The trick is to keep an up to date game. We also love classic games like Where in the World or USA is Carmen Sandiego, but obviously the world edition is behind the times. Which ones are your favorite?

Card Games

These are wonderful for quick games or having games on the go. We keep ours stored in an IKEA box so we don’t have so many individual boxes.

  • Uno– The quintessential family card game. There are MANY forms!
  • Blink– Fast paced visual discrimination game
  • Professor Noggin– Trivia games based on lots of topics
  • Linkology– Card game of relationships based on various topics of science
  • Timeline– See if you can put the events in the order they happened.
  • Set– This is a great math game too for visual perception!
  • Sabateur– You are dwarves trying to get to the gold but there is a player who is secretly the sabateur
  • Monopoly Deal– A fast paced card edition of Monopoly
  • Ziggity– Card game from Cranium
  • Labyrinth– Navigate the labyrinth by laying down cards and collecting the artifacts. Card version of the board game.
  • Waterworks– Lay down pipes to finish the job and try to avoid the leaks to win the game!
  • GeoCards World– Educational world geography game
  • Scrabble Slam– Fast word building game with cards

Dice Games

These games all involve rolling dice as a primary part of the game play. Which ones are your favorites?

General Games

This category holds all the plain old family games we grew up with along with some new games.

  • Sequence– A combination of cards and placing chips
  • Life– Make choices and live a life while going around the board. This game plays a little differently than the one when we were kids. We like the older version best!
  • Jenga– Build a tower and see if you can keep it from falling while removing pegs
  • Forbidden Island– A cooperative game for the whole family
  • Sorry– The classic board rounding race game
  • Trouble– Another board rounding race game with a popping bubble to roll the dice
  • Clue– Solve the mystery! There are several editions of this game, but the classic (or if you can find it, Master Detective) is best.
  • Battleship– Naval War game on a grid, it’s sold in a variety of forms now. I like the one we grew up with.
  • Othello– Turn over more of your color
  • CadooYoung family game for all
  • Family Fun– Similar to Cranium for the whole family
  • Stratego– Battle game
  • Cranium– Family edition, fun trivia and stunts for everyone
  • Pictionary– The drawing and guessing game in various editions. We still have two volumes plus a Bible edition from the Pictionary heyday!
  • Trivial Pursuit– Lots of editions to see if you know your stuff. We have a Disney edition, two genus editions, the 20th anniversary edition, and my personal favorite- the 80s edition!

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Family Games for Kids of All Ages

Word Games

No home is complete with word games! This would be our family’s second favorite category of games. You can’t beat word games for the vocabulary building.

  • Scrabble– Classic crossword building game. We like the Super version with the tile grid lock.
  • You’ve Been Sentenced– Build the best sentences given your cards and earn points.
  • Scattergories– Choose a category and try to think of words that start with the letter you roll that fit the category.
  • Spill & Spell– Cube crossword game
  • Very Silly Sentences– More sentence building
  • Silly Sentences– Sentence building games with picture cards and words
  • Word on the Street, Jr– Word category game using letters
  • Funglish– A word guessing game using only word tiles!
  • Apples to Apples Jr– Making word comparisons, is a great party game. Apples to Apples has much more adult sort of themes in the words to compare, but the Jr seems to be just right even for adults.
  • Boggle– Classic word search game still gets a lot of play at our house!
  • Bananagrams– Compete against players for building your own crossword and using all the tiles you pull. Fast paced and fun for the family

Strategy Games

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Family Games for Kids of Ages

This is arguably our favorite game category. We have some classic games we love to play, but our family goes big for the strategy games that take a long time to play.

  • Dominion– Build your kingdom by collecting resources and purchasing land. Short and fun, a family favorite along with its many expansions!
  • 7 Wonders– You lead an ancient civilization from its barbaric roots to a world power
  • Ticket to Ride– Love this game of rail travel by saving tickets and laying down routes
  • 1910 Expansion– Fun expansion with extra tickets for Ticket to Ride
  • Ticket to Ride Europe– Another rail game with a little different play than the USA version
  • 1912 Expansion– Extra set of tickets for Ticket to Ride Europe
  • Merchants & Marauders– Be a merchant or a pirate on the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy. Our family loves this game!
  • Settlers of Catan– Popular game of settling an island and garnering resources.
  • Cities and Knights Expansion– The best expansion set for Settlers of Catan including making larger cities and employing knights
  • Seafarers Expansion– Settlers expansion involving sea travel
  • Traders & Barbarians Expansion– A small expansion for Catan giving you extra resources
  • Munchkin– A little card game of role play. Very humorous if you’ve ever played popular role playing games
  • Axis & Allies– Game of World War II war strategy a lot like RISK
  • RISK– Classic game of world domination
  • Chess– This classic takes only a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master
  • Memoir 44– Short war strategy game based on actual battles
  • Carcasonne– Fun builders game where you settle the countryside, short game play, lots of expansions
  • Mastermind– Mind puzzle game where you guess your opponent’s color sequence

A Note on Junior Games

Play up when you can. Kids grow into (or out of) junior games quickly. The mechanics of many games are easy for preschoolers to get, it’s just strategy that is more difficult and since younger child games don’t have much that’s not a big concern! When it comes to games, I’m looking for the lasting game play. Most junior games just don’t have it. However, having a few around is great to get your game play started when all the kids are young.

Homemade Games

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Some of our kids love to make their own games. How about yours? We like to keep game making supplies on hand for when the mood strikes. Ethan, our 16 year old, has made some really nice games in the past.

  • Game Making Supplies– From Bare Books include all kinds of game boards, pieces, spinners, dice, and money. All are perfect for serious game makers
  • Make a Game Prototype– Did you know you can send away and have a game made more professionally? I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s fun to think about.
  • Game Adventure Box– Have you ever visited any of my Adventure Box posts? This one is all about games!

Would you believe we own all the games I’ve listed here? Actually, we have quite a few more, but many are out of print or no longer available. Perhaps you have some of our favorites like Zooreka, Starfarers of Catan, or the Catan Card Game. Any one of these games will bring hours of family fun to your home.

What are your favorite family games?

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Geography Quest: Game Edition

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quests- Game Edition

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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.

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Game Edition

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.

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Game Edition

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.

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Game Edition

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!

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Game Edition

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.

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