Trekking Through History Game Review
Do you ever step back, watch your children working together, and marvel at how they can magically gamify anything? Weeding the garden turns into a fight against an unseen nemesis, mowing the lawn is an opportunity to send hidden messages to the spy living above the garage.
Gamification is a kids’ superpower.
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Instead of fighting it, I’ve chosen to embrace it in our homeschool — and I’m always on the lookout for our next great educational game. I want to share with you a new favorite, Trekking Through History!
Homeschooling with Educational Games
Many homeschoolers call themselves gameschoolers and subscribe to the philosophy that kids remember best what they choose to learn. Gameschooling is intentional, and specific games are used to teach specific skills; kids don’t just play games haphazardly for entertainment.
We’re homeschoolers. We already know that education doesn’t have to look the way “experts” say it should. Why not games?
What If History Could Be Exciting & Interactive?
The whole premise of Trekking Through History is traveling thousands of years in a time machine to experience history’s greatest moments, seeing marvels from around the world and celebrating some of the greatest achievements in human history.
Actually being able to take part in these events in their imaginations makes the whole subject much more exciting and meaningful. The game doesn’t really teach much about each of the events, aside from a paragraph on the back of each card, but it gets kids asking questions and looking for answers.
What If History Could Feel Relevant?
One problem I have as a homeschool mom, in trying to teach my kiddos any subject, is that I first have to persuade them to that subject’s relevance to their lives.
Imaginations are raring during this game. When your kids imagine themselves in a scenario, they have automatically made a connection. The attempt to keep events during the game in chronological order builds further connections.
Trekking Through History Educational Game
In regards to the educational value of Trekking Through History, it is a fun way to expose your children to lots of historical events and how/when/where those events fit together. The game doesn’t dig deep into any of the history, but it makes your kiddos curious and that’s a great place to start!
In regards to the fun, entertaining aspect of the game, it is as well-made and entertaining as every product developed by Underdog Games. The imaginative time travel, the interaction of characters, the potential for strategy, the plot twists and turns all make it a very enjoyable game!
My kids literally giggle their way through the game, enjoying the different scenarios and somehow finding many of the events hilarious. While I don’t find everything as funny as they do, I won’t turn my nose up at the questions the event cards inspire.
The hubs is a history aficionado and loves to converse about the events when he plays with the kids. I’m less of a history buff and I usually direct the questions toward the bookshelf or take them to the library.
Like all modern moms who yearn to huck the router out the window so kids will spend more time in dirt and imagination, I appreciate great, old-fashioned, physical, interactive board games the entire family can enjoy together. This is a good one.
Trekking Through History invites you to travel through time to experience the world’s greatest historical moments. Meet legendary men and women and join remarkable events as you try to see all you can before the clock runs out. You might learn a thing or two along the way!