If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you already know that I love to pair fantastic picture books and educational games.
I’ve witnessed such incredible learning happen in this way and it is my go-to homeschool and gameschool strategy.
There aren’t a ton of games out there that come with a book, but today I’d like to talk about one… and it’s one of our family’s favorites.
It is called The Scrambled States of America Game, and it is the most fun way to learn United States geography!
The Scrambled States of America Game: An Incredibly Fun Way to Learn Geography
This post is part of my Growing List of My Little Poppies Game Reviews. Slowly but surely, I am making my way through our game closet and sharing our thoughts. Stay tuned for more posts in this series!
Kids will learn United States geography in no time with The Scrambled States of America Game
The Scrambled States of America Game is an award-winning game from Gamewright that teaches United States geography in a fun way.
The game is recommended for ages 8 and up and can be played with 2-4 players.
- 60 Scrambled cards (red)
- 50 State cards (blue)
- 4 U.S. maps
In addition, the game comes with a miniature version of The Scrambled States of America book. The book explains the entire story and premise of the game!
One day, all of the 50 United States threw a party. At the party, they started talking and they decided to switch places so that they could see other parts of the country. But, after a while, things got a little chaotic and they began to feel homesick. The States need your help to find their way back home!
Object of the game:
The object of Scrambled States of America is to send the most states home to their correct location by matching State cards to Scramble cards. The player who collects the most State cards wins.
- Each player receives a map of the United States to use as a reference.
- Separate cards into a red (Scramble) deck and a blue (States) deck.
- Shuffle all cards.
- Deal 5 States cards to each player.
- Players arrange their cards face up, in a line, in front of them.
- Study the cards.
- The player to the left of the dealer goes first.
Playing The Scrambled States of America Game
When all players are ready, the player to the left of the dealer goes first by turning over the top card of the Scramble deck and placing it face-up next to the deck. The player reads the card aloud.
There are two types of cards in the Scramble deck:
- Find-It Cards – Feature challenges related to the states.
- Go the Distance! Cards- These cards help to teach location.
When a Find-It Card is revealed, players race to match one of their States cards to this Scramble card. The challenge could be simple, like matching a color, or it could be more challenging. For example, players might have to search for a state with a capital that has a person’s first name hidden in it.
When a Go the Distance! Card is revealed, the top card from the States deck is also turned over. Using their map, players race to find the state in their hand that is closest to the State card that was flipped over.
The winner of each round begins the next round. The game ends when the State deck is gone. The player with the most State cards wins the game.
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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