I have a child who is obsessed with geography and learning about other countries and cultures. From the food to the traditional dress to the language, she wants to know it all. She gets great enjoyment from learning about the world and the people who live in it, and that makes me happy.
Explore the World, a board game by Outset Media, is the perfect game for kids like her but it’s also a great game for kids who think learning about world cultures and social studies is boring.
When you have as many kids as I do you’re bound to have multiple learning styles in the house, and Explore the World is a good fit for all of them.
Explore the World Board Game Review
Gameplay: Explore the World is played like traditional board games, each player spins the spinner and their move is determined.
Several things could happen when you spin: You may land on a city card, a nature card, a balloon card, a flag card, or a you choose space.
City cards ask players to answer questions about cities and peoples around the world.
Nature cards ask players to answer questions about animals and open spaces.
A flag card asks your child to identify a flag and answer questions about that country (multiple choice).
A balloon card can be either a penalty card or a bonus card in which the player is asked to do something physical.
If you land on You Choose, you get to choose what type of card you want.
This game is educational but also hilarious. We laughed and high fived the entire hour it took us to play. While this is a game played by individuals it really felt like a team game. Yes, it may be a game for kids but even the adults enjoyed playing.
Get it here!
Gameplay time: about an hour
Reading skills: moderate
Parental Involvement: not necessary
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.