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The Scrambled States of America
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Quick! Find a state that ends with the letter A. Now locate one that borders Tennessee. Have fun learning about the United States in the madcap game of observation and quick reflexes. Collect cards by matching states to a Scramble card. Or "Go the Distance" and find a state's closest neighbor. Whoever scrambles to match and collect the most state cards wins.
- 50 State Cards
- 50 Scramble Cards
- 4 U.S. Maps
- Rules of Play
Average Rating: 4.5 in 4 reviews
My kids, ages 6 & 8 love this game! It is so much fun and so educational! They ask to play again and again! We even took it in the camper because it doesn't take up much space or have a lot of pieces. It is a quick, exciting game that even mom and dad don't mind playing. This game will teach your kids something very valuable - state names, locations, capitals, and nicknames. You won't be disappointed!
This is a nice simple game for anyone who wants to brush up on US geography. The game moves very quickly. The card art is cute. I play this with my kids and we always end up laughing. This game is silly and fun, but also very educational.We have played with Three to four players, the youngest 9. We have a house rule. The player that answers the question must pick the card for the next turn and read it to the other players.
The person who reads the question can only play that turn if it is a' go the distance card'. This prevents the smartest player from answering all the questions.This helps the younger player to have a chance to win also.
My 5 yr old got this from Santa and we love it. It is a fast game and it is easy to learn. Each player gets 5 cards, turn over an action card, 'capital has 7 letters', do you have a match? Say the state name before your opponent(s) and you win the round! Action cards are as simple as 'it's red' to 'find a first name in the state's capital'. Plus, there are 'Go the Distance' cards where whoever is closest to the state mentioned, wins the round. It's a great way to learn some US geography and just a fun game all around!
The game comes with two decks of cards. The first deck contains one card for each state; children will recognize the pictures as the "mugshots" from the back of the book. Each card contains some additional information about the state, such as the state's capital and nickname.
Each player receives 5 state cards, and a reference map (also from the book). Then a challenge card is flipped over from the second deck of cards. Each of these cards describes some sort of challenge, such as "Find a state that starts with the letter M", or "Find a state whose capital has 4 syllables." Players then race to find a state among their set of 5 state cards that matches the challenge. The first person to do so receives a point, and replaces that state card with another from the state deck.
For a less competitive game, don't play it as a race. Every player who can find a state that fits the challenge card gets a point.
The game is a great way for kids to gain some familiarity with our fifty states, but don't expect your kids to be able to memorize all the state locations and capitals just by playing this game. The game doesn't provide the same kind of concentrated learning that you'd get from repeated drills with a map or with flashcards. But that's probably for the best; the game strives to be fun and moderately educational, and it succeeds.
Scrambled States of America is rated for kids ages 8 and up, but the only reason for this is that the game requires reading ability. If your kids are decent readers, the game would be a good choice even if they are much younger than 8.