Sunday, January 22, 2012

Board Games for School - Science

http://zaazu.comWe have a lot of fun science games. Some of them are still being sold and some are older games that you can only find used. The links, mostly, take you to Amazon. I hope you find something new to add to your game closet. Oh and as a bonus, at the end of the list I have a website with games you can print and use for science. For FREE. My boys, and I love these.

Professor Noggin GamesWe love the Professor Noggin Games. They have question cards in form of trivia, true or false, and multiple choice. Both easy and hard levels of questions keep kids interested, challenged and having fun. Also if the kids get smarter than Mom and Dad the parents can use the easy questions and still challenge their kids with the harder ones. The game includes 30 game cards and a 3 numbered die. For 2 or more players ages 7 and up. So far, for science, we own:
    • Earth Science
    • Outer Space
    • Human Body
    • Famous Inventions (sorta science, sorta history)
    Who's at Home in the Animal Habitat - A Family Nature Game
    also a copy can be found at Dreams Old and New - Who's at Home introduces fascinating facts about how animals adapt to living in eight habitats: desert, polar, prairie, woods, rainforest, mountain and city. What special tools and traits help animals survive? Why do animals look the way they do? How do animals cope with dangers such as drought and extreme cold? As players travel around the board, through each of the habitats, they answer interesting questions about science and nature. The questions are on two levels of play so that families can enjoy the game together.

    Photo Trek Exploration Game or a travel version, Travel Photo Trek Exploration Game - Photo Trek is a game where you travel around the board, which is in a figure 8 shape, and "take photos" of animals. Ages 8 & Up, 2-4 Players. Players spin the spinner and move around the board. You answer animal-related questions to earn film cards, then you answer questions to turn the film into photos of the animals. Watch out! You may take a picture of only the feet of the flamingo, a blurry picture, or some other mistake in your "photo" and those don't count toward you winning the game. The first person to make it home with 5 different photo cards is the winner.
    The Way Things Work, also see this Link - Have you read The Way Things Work by David Macaulay? We love that book... and this game based on that book. This game is a great game for learning about or practicing Physics. There are 3 levels of play:
    Level 1: Jump Right In!
    Level 2: Kick It Up!
    Level 3: Fly On Your Own! The ultimate challenge
    Choose you level according to your time constraints and the ages of your players. Players will answer questions and use tools to "build" their toolbox and construct simple machines. There are also experiments to do for level 3. Learn about the Simple Machines of Physics, how they function and the things they can do for us. How do machines move heavy loads? What is a fulcrum and what is it for? Why does a car move faster when the incline is steeper? For 2-4 Players Ages 10+ As a Bonus I found a PDF of complete rules here. That should help you decide if the game is for you.

    Rocky Bingo - 4 games in 1 that teach about rocks and minerals. This fun and educational game teaches you about 35 colorful rocks and minerals. The game cards include geological information and interesting facts about each rock, along with a pronunciation guide. To make the game more educational choose a game card with a rock on it, look for the rock on your game board and then read the information about the rock on the back of the card. It would also be fun to try and collect a real rock for each of the cards. Also included are: 1 master board, 4 individual game boards, 35 rock/mineral cards, 1 drawstring bag, 100 plastic markers and 4 genuine rocks or minerals. For 2-5 players, ages 8 years and up, playing time approximately 20 minutes.

    Somebody Board Game (human body game) or try one of these links - Somebody, Somebody  Recommended for ages 6 to 10, 2 to 4 Players. Somebody is a game our family played many times and is very popular. Young children play it as a puzzle, carefully placing body parts on the body boards and taking them off again and again. Older kids learn names, functions and locations as they play. Includes everything needed to play 5 games including 4 game boards, stick on vinyl body parts, and 100 color coded questions cards with multiple skill level.
    Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego
    or try this link Where in Space Is Carmen Sandiego?

    I love studying astronomy. It is one of the subjects we will be covering this year. This game was made in 1995 when Pluto was still a named planet. Lots of fun for the Carmen Sandiego fan, and we are fans. We have many Carmen games, on the computer and board games. Explore space and join Carmen Sandiego in her pursuit of the greatest treasures of all: the planets. Players race through the Solar System, visiting the planets and answering questions about them. If you answer correctly, you capture a planet, but be careful -- the other players are answering and collecting too. The winner of the game is the first person to collect 3 planets and reach Carmen Sandiego. Contents: Solar System Game Board with glow in the dark planets, 9 Planet Pieces, 20 Astronaut Question Cards, 20 Planet Question Cards, 9 Planet Answer Cards, 9 Stars, 4 Playing Pieces, and Complete Instructions.

    Here is the link to the site with free printables, some of these are games.

    We especially like:
    This was posted this week because I have been working on this series
    and because it goes along with the Virtual Curriculum Fair topic for this week. Here is my post for that in case you missed it... History Chronologically and with Living Books the topic for the week covered both History and Science. I talked about out History.

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