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Educational Insights Name That Country Game
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- The fun way to learn world geography
- Learn interesting facts about the world
- Learn geographical information about each country
- For 2-4 players, children ages 8+ years
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About Educational Insights Based in Southern California, Educational Insights specializes in the manufacturing and innovation of educational toys and games. Early childhood, math, language, Spanish, science, and social studies are all subjects they tackle in fun and inspiring ways. Teacher resources, classroom products, and games like Jeopardy are all a part of Educational Insights rich inventory designed by experienced educators and parents because they know best! Make learning fun with Educational Insights. Fun game takes students to 60 countries. For 2 to 4 players 8 years and older. Teaches locations, capitals, and facts. Full-color game board, markers, postcards, spinner. Fun way to learn world geography.
"Dear Pen Pal, Konnichi wa! We've been to see Mt. Fuji. Name my country! Sayonara, Michiko." Challenge your group with this fast-paced geography game, created in 1992 by Educational Insights, Inc. Everyone begins at the post office. Players twirl a finely printed spinner (built into the game board itself) to select one of 60 countries. If the player can correctly identify the country's location on the board's numbered map, he or she may advance along the path to the finish. Bonus moves are won by landing on "postcard" spaces, listening to the clues on one of the 40 postcards, and correctly identifying the pen pal's country. (The sample postcard above came from Japan.) A more challenging game can be achieved by requiring players to name the country's capital; answers are provided. --Liane ThomasSee all Product description
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1. The spinner doesn't spin so well. I am sure it will get better and loosen up with more playing.
2. The postcards could have been made of a sturdier material. I can see them getting bent up fairly easily.
3. While helpful, I don't like how the countries on the spinner are color coordinated to the corresponding country on the map. For example, if you were to land on The United States, and were asked to find it, it indicates on the spinner that it is in North America and the country is colored green. Well, there aren't any other green colored countries in North America, so it is pretty easy to figure out. (this is just an example, as I would assume most kids 8+ already know where the US is!)
While the countries can become easy to figure out because of the color indicators on the spinner, you can make it more difficult by requiring the player to name the capital of the country. The country numbers and capitals are listed on a key inside the box. They should have made a smaller key in addition to the one printed inside the box because it would be easier to pass around if you don't have one person sitting out of playing in order to be the referee.
The post card idea is neat, you read what is on the postcard (hopefully you can pronounce the greeting - it would have been a plus if they also had it written phonetically, so kids could easily read the cards, too) and the person has to guess what country it is from. When one card came with the beginning of "Bonjour!" my son, of course, guessed France. Well, if you pay attention to the rest of what is being said on the postcard, you would realize it can't be France, and it was actually the Congo. Nice way for kids to learn that the same language can be spoken in many different countries, too. There is also an address listed if you would like to request a pen pal. Now isn't that a novel idea for this day and age - to write a letter with a pen and paper and mail it with a stamp! Good way to show kids that not all children in the world have access to a computer for email.
Overall, a great learning game for kids, and adults, too!
Within 6 months, my daughter knew all the countries on the board, so we added our own. I just printed out little tags and pasted them onto the other countries on the board, and we kept playing. After a year, she knows *all* (and I mean ALL) the countries in the world! She's so good, she beats the pants off anyone else she plays against, so we've modified the game again: now, she has to name the capital of the country as well as the location. That'll keep her challenged and interested for another year!
Meanwhile, my 3 year old learned her continents and is beginning to learn her countries on the game. Granted, she can't read, but the spinner gives both the continent and the country. We read her the country and the continent, and then she locates it on the map. We don't do the post cards with her, as she's not knowledgeable enough yet. The point is, though, that the game is flexible enough for novices and experts alike!
My only complaint--and it's a small one--is that the game board is too small. It is conceivably possible that you could identify 3 countries that move you ahead 6 spaces, and be at the end of the game. I would've liked a longer board (or fewer 6-spaces) to keep the game going longer.
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