Family Game Night used to be a highlight of our week; but somewhere along the way board games have taken a backseat to computer games like Minecraft and Jumpstart. Don’t get me wrong– I appreciate a good computer game for the tech-savvy skills and proficiency they impart on my kids. We won’t be giving them up but I do want to make a point to unplug for some good old-fashioned family entertainment.
The way I see it, the family that plays together plays together. (And that’s so much better than arguing over whose turn it is on the laptop.)
And if the games can be tweaked a bit to be more educational– well . . . WINNING!
Hedbanz is a personal family favorite right now. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, a player randomly chooses a noun card without seeing it and places it on their headband. That player then asks everyone else a variety of questions to narrow down the possibilities of what they are. Questions like:
- Am I alive?
- Can I fly?
- Am I heavy?
- Am I a food?
The player has to figure out what they are before the timer runs out. While enjoying this game one afternoon I had a thought. Why not combine this game with our history lessons. I recently received two games to review from The Classical Historian and realized this would be the PERFECT way to introduce them to my kids.
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But I decided to add-on another level by using the Go Fish cards along with our HedBanz.
These cards work PERFECTLY because each card has three “Hints” written out on them. When I was guessing Mira could either rely on her own memory in answering my questions or she could choose to read off the hints one at a time to me.
As I mentioned in my 2nd Grade Curriculum post, this upcoming school year Mira and Stella will both be enrolled in the local Classical Conversations co-op. The CC community has a wonderful assortment of resources and materials; one of which is their impressive timeline cards. These cards would also be a perfect add-on to the Hedbanz game as serve as a fun way to review their timeline.
For our Ancient History Memory Game, I decided to pull out our trusty Nanny-sewn world map quilt and had Mira place the location cards on the correct geographical area.
Since there were so many subject cards we ended up lining them up separately under the correct location in which it took place. I only used one set and didn’t take out the matching pairs for this game. Later on we’ll try sorting them in chronological order.
I love finding ways to joyfully inject additional learning into our day. The girls still had a blast and weren’t bothered by the fact that I was secretly adding in another history lesson. Mira was just pleased that she stumped Mommy with Emperor Qin.
What about you? Have you tweaked any games to add in some of your lessons lately?
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