When I first bought Adventures I also picked up the Scrambled States of America
game which was at the MFW website under "enrichment items."
Last night was our first time to play, and we had so much fun! And we also all learned something new!
We played the game using the alternate rules for younger players so my husband and I couldn't just rely on our faster reading speed and such. Even with this, it was still very fun and competitive. After playing twice and putting it away for the evening, my daughter smiled broadly and said, "Wow, I really loved that game! And we were all learning stuff too, so we can make it part of school..."
One thing which was apparent when we first began playing was that our daughter did not know how to pronounce many of the state names.
Of course she was familiar with those nearby which we've traveled in or which have been mentioned so far in studying the US, but she really butchered the pronunciation of some of the others. Yet by the end of our two games she was much more proficient. That alone is a great benefit! I also loved the map skills.
I just wanted to recommend the game for others doing Adventures. It really is a great fit and we found it to be very age appropriate and playable for our girl but still enjoyable for us.
Thanks for having this on your website, MFW!
For those who don't know exactly how the game works, it is like this:
Each player (up to 4) gets dealt 5 "state cards." Each card has the name of the state, it's capital, a picture of the shape, and nickname. The players lay them face-up. Each player also gets a map of the U.S. During game play, a different card is drawn that has a challenge of some sort, such as "nickname has three words" or "is bordered by more than 6 other states" or "name of capital has more than three syllables" or "borders Pacific Ocean" etc. These vary quite a bit. There is another type of challenge card also which involves seeing if you have the closest state to a certain state. That one is nice for map skills.
Players look at their state cards to see if they have one that meets the challenge. It can be played for speed, but we didn't do it this way. You get to put your state card that meets the challenge in a "home pile" and you draw a replacement state card. When there are no more state cards to be drawn, the players count the state cards in their home pile and see who has the most.
It is simple but fun, and game play went by pretty quickly so it is not a huge time commitment.
We liked it.
Update: Postby Yodergoat » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:49 am
I jut wanted to give a little update on this game. We have played it many times now and our daughter has learned SO MUCH! Especially when compared to what she knew beforehand... which wasn't much except for places we had visited that our near our home state of Tennessee. So she basically knew Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, etcetera, and everything else was a complete mystery.
But now she has a pretty good working familiarity with the U.S.
For example, we were just playing, and the challenge card said:
"State touches the Pacific Ocean."
Without hesitating, our daughter said, "There are five states that do... California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii." She then looked at her cards to see if she had any of these.
Just an example of the sort of learning that takes place.
And her pronunciation of the state names is VASTLY improved.
Good stuff, and I highly recommend it!
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