In my house we love board games, but generally we play the classics, Monopoly, Scrabble, 20 questions. I am always on the hunt for new and educational ones that will keep me as engaged as the kids. Educational board games do not need to be boring, unfortunately many are. Around the World: Trivia for the Globally-Minded is so much fun my 11 year old got up from his i-Pad to join my game with my younger son, no small feat for a board game to attract a child away from electronics. The questions are engaging but not easy with just the right amount of multiple choice and difficult questions thrown in. Although it is an American game the game has a good percentage of questions about the world at large forcing even adults to question their knowledge.
The point of the game is to answer three questions correctly from four different categories while travelling around the world. The categories are people and places, languages, cultures and customs, and geography. Each category has questions about all different regions of the World. It is interesting how quickly you figure out which regions you know the least about. Clearly I need to study New Zealand culture more carefully and my children have a lot to learn about the Middle East. There are also wonder of the world cards which are almost like extra credit learning if you can figure out where each goes on the map.
The game also provides exercises in getting the most out of the game. For example, one tip is to make a pile of questions you do not know the answer to and research the answers online to learn even more about those areas. Another idea is to research different currencies, both the value and the regions they are used in which for kids could be as much fun as it is for adults. How much does milk cost in Dollars in New York, in Euros in Paris and in Yen in Tokyo? The game just drives curiosity about the world at large.
In my drive to educate my children as citizens of the world this game will be a valuable companion. Once we learn all of these cards there are companion sets that focus more on individual continents to keep the game educational and interesting. I cannot wait until we know enough to need to order more cards.