View Full Version : Trivial Pursuit type board games for homeschool?
06-20-2007, 03:41 AM
I'm hoping one of you homeschoolers can help me here. My kids are very competitive and they love playing board games. I'm looking for a trivial pursuit type game that has questions that pertain to what they are studying. Okay, I know that there is no one game that will encompass all of the grades and all of the subjects, but I just want to find some sort of game that will help them learn what we are studying. My boys are going into 5th and 7th grades. Any idea what might work for us? I did a search and found "Brain Quest" which might work, but I'm still hoping to find something that will be closer to what they are studying/have studied. Maybe I need to "create" a game like what I'm looking for, market it, and make my millions....LOL!
06-20-2007, 12:03 PM
Do you have a Rainbow Resource catalog? It's like a big-city phone book. If they don't have it, it probably doesn't exist and you should create your own! LOL
I don't know if there's some way to adapt this to what you want to do, but Leap Frog has a component available for their games (like LeapPad and iQuest) that connects to the internet and downloads trivia questions from specific textbooks onto cartridges for the kids to study. I don't know if you can access the questions online, so you could print them out, or not. It's created for parents to be able to give kids the questions that apply to their particular textbook at school, but at least it might get you in the ballpark of a certain subject, especially if you can find a game that you would just want to add questions to. OR, you could get an iQuest and kids could take turns being the "caller" and reading the questions from the iQuest, rather than drawing a card. Just a thought!
Please let us know what you come up with!
"She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain." -Louisa May Alcott
06-21-2007, 01:13 PM
Yes, Rainbow Resources has everything... almost. Another thought is to check with your state home school association... they have lots of resources to pull from to get an answer for you. We loved the Brain Quest & Brain Teasers a lot...
Also, check a local school supply store... they may have something you can adapt.
I have time on my hands now if you need help creating something. I created a Bible game once for our Sunday School classes... never marketed it though : ) PM me if you want.
Retired Home School Mom,
P.S. If you ever hear of a forum for retired hs moms, please let me know. What to do with yourself after home schooling??? Sounds like a good title for a book, doesn't it?
06-22-2007, 12:48 AM
Thanks Kim and Moyne! Some great ideas there. I checked out Rainbow Resource online (never heard of them before - lots of good stuff there!) and did find something called Gray Matter that is about as close as I think I'm going to find. It had the trivia stuff, but I think the age range was too broad. I would like to see something closer to their grade levels as they would most likely learn more that way.
Kim, did you make up the board and everything for the game you created? Where did you get the supplies to do that - the board, cards, etc, or whatever you used?
As far as what to do after hs'ing...hmmm....I could come up with a lot! Housework, reading (for fun!), huge sigh of relief (LOL!), go to the bathroom/take bath (without children yelling for you the whole time - and yes, my kids are 10 and 12, and have reverted back to doing that again!!), write a book!. Just a few things off the top of my head that I can't do anymore now that I hs....lol.
06-22-2007, 02:39 AM
Oh, my! How have you lived without Rainbow??
Over on the Five in A Row boards we have a running joke about you know you're a homeschool mom when you're idea of a spa treatment is a glass of Kool-Aid, your Rainbow catalog, and a nice hot bath.
Carol, displaced Texan teaching my own (4) in AL who wishes she knew how to change her username
My T-Tapp blog: http://fitcarol.extrapounds.com
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