Hello everyone and welcome back toCalli's Corner on Unfiltered Gamer.
I'm Calli, today we're continuing thediscussion about educational board games.
This is part two of the video series.
Part 1 was all about board games for the whole family, including our youngestlearners.
And I'll link that video down for you below.
Today we'll talk about games to have a bit more complexity or strategy, a lot of these games arerecommended for ages 10 to 13, but sometimes younger players can joinin as well.
I've tried to choose games that are more accessible online through Amazon, so many of the links down below in the description are affiliate links.
So if you choose to purchase thank you for supporting Unfiltered Gamer.
Our first category is exploring the world around us.
I love how board games can take inspiration from the world around us, and show us a new part of the world.
What makes these games stand out aseducational? These games can be a great way to introduce a new topic, get kids interested in exploring further about that topic, whether through documentaries, videos, articles, novels, or more.
First up we'll get competitive with Evolution.
Evolution allows players to explore energy cycles and adaptation.
Players are adding traits to create their own specific and unique animals.
There's a limited amount of food, and a trait that will turn some species into carnivores, so players have to carefully manage their resources, like the food supplywhich are limited just like in a real environment.
Evolution: The Beginning is avery similar but simplified version of the game, which is great for youngerplayers.
However if you do have some experience playing modern board games as a family I highly recommend going for the full game of Evolution.
Next, we're going hiking with Trekking the National Parks.
In Trekking, players are collectingtrail stones and claiming national parks as they move across a map of the UnitedStates.
Players get to learn the names and locations of the different nationalparks.
While easy to learn and fun to play there is some strategy and acompetitive element to the game.
I do want to say I think thegame could have had even more educational value added in, such as somemore information and cool interesting tidbits about each of the national parks, maybe even their climate or biome, and a little bit more of an accurate map, maybeincluding the state names on there.
But overall it's still a solid game and agreat way to introduce the national parks, and maybe plan your next trip.
An honorable mention I wanted to include in this category is Wingspan.
While I don't own the game I've played it a couple of times and I love that there's over ahundred species of birds in the game and each of the cards have tons of factsabout that bird.
But it is hard to find a copy of this game so I left it on thehonorable mentions list.
Onto the next category.
In the previous video I talkeda lot about spatial reasoning which is how we figure out how objects movethrough two and three dimensional space.
A lot of these games are categorized aspuzzle games, so the games I'm going to talk about next help us develop thesespatial reasoning skills.
In Tiny Towns, players are building their own town ontheir individual player board.
Players take turns choosing resources and eachplayer has to add that resource to their board in a grid.
When the pattern ofyour resources matches the pattern on the cards you can take off thoseresources and add that building to your board, which also opens up more space tocontinue creating more buildings.
As players are visualizing how to mimicthat pattern on their board, even flipping and rotating the pattern, they're developing pattern recognition as well as spacial reasoning skills.
Thisgame also has a solo version where you're competing against yourself, tryingto get a higher score each game.
This is also a great option if you have a kidwho needs to build up some confidence before playing a competitive game likethis with others.
This is Sagrada, a turn-based strategy game where you are building a beautiful mosaic stained glass using colorful dice.
However youmust follow certain rules for placing those dice on your individual building cards, As well as not allowing dice of the samecolor or number to be next to each other.
This is where the math element ofprobability comes into play.
Depending on how you place your dice, you can make iteasier or harder for yourself on your next turn.
Sometimes you may not even beable to place a dice if you found yourself in a rough corner.
Like a lot ofother puzzle games it's a great game to build productive struggle in that themore you play the better you're going to get.
In addition there's an element ofyou're kind of playing against yourself in that you can try to get a higherscore each time in addition to playing against the other players.
Up here is City Skylines, one of my top games of 2019.
And if you want to see the full list ofour top games from 2019, I'll link that video in the description down below.
CitySkylines plays one to four players and it's a cooperative game, which means all the players are working together towards a common goal.
Players are working together to build balance and maintain a full city, including residential buildings, industrial buildings commercial buildings, support buildings, and trying to manage the finances and budget, as well as keep crime andpollution and all that stuff down.
There are a lot of moving parts to the game, which the players get to discuss and problem-solve amongst themselves atevery stage.
In the building part we're developing spatial reasoning skills because we get to choose from the different shaped pieces, decide wherethey're going to go, and best fit so that we can continue to build the city.
There's also the opportunity to build communication skills and teamwork because we're all working together to build that city, and you kind of get to see the city grow and unfold before you, which is very inspiring and makes you want to persevere and create an even better city next time.
There's also the opportunity to develop teamwork and communication skills as we're allworking together to build the city.
This is another one of those games whereyou're developing productive struggle and getting better at the game over time.
It may even inspire kids to explore some careers in city planning and citymanagement.
There's a lot to this game but I highly recommend it.
In our final category I'm going to talk about some more advanced science themed games.
Genius Games as lauded for their science-based games, and I'm going to talk about two oftheir games: Periodic and Cytosis.
I love how Genius Game matches the game mechanics to the science element that they're introducing.
In Periodic, players are exploring the periodic table which is important in chemistry andunderstanding how the world around us is built.
There's a heavy emphasis on thedifferent groupings and attributes of the elements.
These groups are importantnot only to the location of the element, but also how that element functions, which i think is a great connection to make in chemistry.
In addition to just getting familiar with the elements and their different attributes.
In Cytosis, players experience the process of creating protein hormones in the body.
While not attending to be a full textbook explanation, which would be kind of boring, players are immersed in the world of the cell and get to explore theconcepts and terminology.
The term “protein hormone” becomes much more memorable when you have this type of experience to attach it to: “Oh, if I start the processof creating a protein hormone receptor in the rough ER, then I'll gain morepoints whenever anyone else creates a protein hormone.
” Players are utilizingtheir resources and workers to gain sets with the most efficiency, and I love howefficiency goes with this theme of the body, which we can think of as a machine.
Alright these are some of my standout picks when choosing games that have somesort of obvious educational benefit.
However, it could be argued that mostgames have some sort of learning benefit, particularly in developingsocial-emotional skills, also called soft skills, they can include things likelearning how to lose, learning from failure, which can helpkids in real life deal with loss and learn from theirmistakes, communication and team building, building empathy with others, and muchmore.
Board games and video games give a structured social setting in which to practice and develop these skills.
So that's it.
Seven different educationalgame to try out with your family.
I hope you found something new to explore andplease let me know in the comments what other educational board games stand outto you? What learning benefits have you seen and experienced playing board gameswith your family? Thank you for watching Calli's Corner on Unfiltered Gamer.
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