Games are such a great addition to homeschool learning! There’s no reason learning any subject has to be all books and no fun. I always keep my eye out at the thrift stores for new games to add to our collection at home. Today we have a list of 12 American History games for kids of all ages covering many different eras. Even parents will be challenged by some of these!
American Trivia: Family Edition – Starting at the East Coast, players make their way across the gameboard map to the West Coast by answering questions about America. American Trivia Family Edition cards have two sides – one with easier questions (Junior) and the other with more difficult questions (Expert). The questions cover four categories: geography, history, arts, general.
Trailblazer – Challenge your understanding of the American past while you blaze a trail across the country traveling by canoe, horse, covered wagon, paddleboat, train or model T-Ford. By correctly answering questions about our diverse history from the pre-colonial period to the present, players advance across the map, accumulate Treasure Cards and risk their fortunes in a variety of adventures.
Made for Trade – Learn what life was like for ordinary citizens in colonial America in this game. Your students will learn lessons in History and Economics by practicing bartering and money management.
Professor Noggin’s History of the United States – Put your child’s history knowledge to the test! Both easy and hard levels of questions keep kids interested, challenged and having fun in this card game.
Catan Histories: Settlers of America, Trails to Rails – The 19th Century has arrived and America is heading west! Settlers of America, Trails to Rails utilizes the simple, fun Catan hex-tile grid to map the young United States.
Hail to the Chief – Learn how the election process works as well as fascinating historical and geographical facts in this fun game. Players move around the outside of the board answering questions on presidents and the Constitution, as you become a candidate. Then travel from state to state on the campaign trail answering questions on US history and geography to win electoral votes. Winner is the first person to make it to Washington, D.C. first with enough electoral votes!
Memoir ’44 – Memoir ’44 is a unique historical game from Days of Wonder where players command a horde of little plastic Army men facing-off in dozens of WWII battles on an oversize hex game board. Each battle scenario mimics the historical terrain, troop placements and objectives of each army.
Constitution Quest – The more you play, the more you learn about the U.S. constitution. This engaging game comes with a complimentary copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Way Back When in History – Journey five time periods in early America (Explorers, 13 Colonies, American Revolution, Constitution, & Civil War) in this fun and educational board game.
Timeline: Americana – From the first Stetson hat to the unveiling of the first iPad, America’s history and its popular culture have gone hand in hand. Timeline: Americana takes the players through a historical tour of the popular history of the country.
Twilight Struggle – Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. The scope of the game covers the entire world as it was found in 1945.
BrainBox: U.S. Presidents – This great memory game that will help your child learn about all of this country’s great leaders while improving your child’s observation and memory skills. The game is good for individual and group play.
Do you have a favorite American history game? Share it in the comments!
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