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Scrambled States

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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The Whimsical, Mad-Dashing, Geography Game. Based on the book by Laurie Keller. For 2 to 4 Players, ages 8 and up.

From the Manufacturer

Whoever said that learning about U.S. geography had to be boring must not have read The Scrambled States of America. We fell head-over-heels for Laurie Keller's hilarious story and knew that it had the making for a great game. As with her book, we hope our game provides a fun way to enrich basic knowledge of U.S. geography. Players learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes and positions of the states through a myriad of visual teasers, language riddles and geography challenges. After playing, you'll see that there's more to the 50 States than meets the eye!

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Product Dimensions 3 x 5.3 x 8 inches
Item Weight 9.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B0009XBY1W
Item model number 5505
Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 12 years
Best Sellers Rank #2,304 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#134 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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My son (6 years old) loves this game. It is the one that he asks to play most often. We read the book by L. Keller first (although it is not a requirement to play the game). If you do read the book however, it explains why all of the states are scrambled and why they have to be sent home. The game requires that you can read. You need to be able to read the name of the state, the state's capital and it's nickname. During the course of the name you will need to locate, for example, any state in your current pile, which has a capital which has 3 or more syllables. The player who can locate the state in his/her pile that match the specified criteria first, can send the state home. The player with the most states sent home at the end of the game wins!
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I am a sucker for slipping in education when kids aren't looking! This game gets participants noticing everything from colors, ABC's order, comparisons and contrasts (looking at the states individual details as well as the map as a whole), to measurement skills and to syllables and sneaks in US Geography too! My not yet reading 5 y.o. is able to play his own hand after two weeks of the game in the house!!! (We all help eachother anyway). Absolutely no prior US knowledge needed as all questions are based on the map and cards in the deck. (Even my adult English language learners enjoyed the challenge of practicing the language concepts to "prove" how much language they have mastered---or not!!! :) The fun definately overrides the "drag" of studying geography with this game, but the more facts you learn the better chance you have to WIN, so motivation is high to keep learning!!! Great value for the price, too.
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I originally bought this game for my classroom, but I brought it home this summer to play with my kids. I play this game all the time with my 7 year old. It is fun for both adults and kids (who can read). My son also has learned the states, an added bonus!
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I bought this for my son's 7th birthday. He wasn't terribly excited about it until my 9 (almost 10) year old daughter played it with me. Now they both love it and beg to play it.

Each player has 5 cards face up for everyone to see. Each card has a state. There is a different pile of clue type cards. Someone turns over a clue and the first one to find a state matching the criteria wins. They put the card in their own discard pile and get a new state card. The person with the biggest discard pile wins.

The best clue cards are "Go the Distance". With that card, you turn over another state card and the person with the closest state wins.

I would give the game 5 stars but it has a couple of cons - some of the clue cards read such things as "a blue state". These don't refer to political tendencies but the color they are on the maps that come with the game. These do nothing to help learn the states. I took them all out. The other con is not all the info is accurate. I live in Georgia. The card lists the nickname as "Empire State of the South". Georgia lists its nickname as the "Peach State". Also, we play by altered rules that make the game go faster and gives the younger one a chance to win. We let each person that has a card that meets the criteria discard the pile.

The game does more for learning the states and their relative position in the country than for learning capitols but if you are playing a game they enjoy, it is always nice to learn at the same time!
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I am a bit of a geography buff. Kids not so much. I bought one of those talking globes a while back - that sits and collects A LOT of dust, and requires the batteries to be replaced every time I go to use it. (Note: I go to use it...). Well, the kids frankly aren't too interested in knowing what the states are, never mind where they are or anything else about them. I've tried the quarters thing. I end up collecting them all. The kid gives them away to friends. Arrrgh. I bought the Quarters Book - the kid can place the quarters where the states go. You know where I'm going with this?

So I won't bore you with the details about how I am the one who has to pull this game out of the stack in order for it to get played at all. Ever. It was a Christmas gift for the then 8 year old. I was disappointed when I opened the box and saw how small the game was. It cost almost twenty dollars, so I thought there would be a big board. Also, the level of 'fun' and 'education' value felt small. It felt kind of 'dumbed down'. But perhaps it's intended for a younger audience. Overall, it wasn't bad, but should have been more information about regionality, landforms, ways to link the states together, alternative forms of play, etc., to my mind.

I won't donate the game yet - maybe next year, because I like the game concept overall, and think it's essentially decent. And I'm always hopeful that a rainy day and maybe a power outage will lead them to open this game once more.

With regard to the topic of learning about states, regions, and geography, I keep atlases and books on states, and work U.S. geography into our science and literature or wherever we happen to travel. I think that works better for us overall. Hope this wasn't too negative sounding.
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