Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Byron's Games - A Crew Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Does your family like board games? We do! They're great, aren't they? What would Family Game Night be without the games? Rainy days are another time when a good board game helps pass the time. Games are also a great way to teach and reinforce various concepts. Geography is a great example. Maybe your kids find learning about continents and countries of the world boring. Or maybe you're just looking for ways to enhance and stretch a lesson. Speaking for my kids, this used to be a subject that they didn't find very appealing. If you have children with similar opinions about Geography, this review is for you. We were given the game Continent Race by the company Byron's Games to check out, and I'm happy to share our thoughts with you.

The story behind this game's creation is pretty neat. Byron was 6 years old when he had a lengthy stay at Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. During that time, with the help of Mrs. Ellen Donovan of the Family Life Center, he kept track of the amount of medals that various countries won during the 2016 Olympics. After they were over, Byron accepted a challenge to create a game that featured flags from the world. He determined to make this a game that children in hospitals might use while they recovered in the hospital. Thus, a game, "Created by a Kid for a Kid" was born. What an inspiring story!

The game board.

Front side of the Continent cards.

Back side of the Continent cards.

Continent Race includes:

1 World Map
5 Continent Lists with Maps
205 Country Cards
3 Antarctica Wild Cards

The playing cards- there are a lot!

Ages: 7+
Players: 2 or more
Average time of game: 30 minutes

Object of the Game: Be the first player to collect the most countries from each continent.

How to Play:
Each player gets 7 cards, and puts them face down at first. On your turn, take a card from the "draw" pile, and put one of your cards face up on the "general" pile. Players always maintain 7 cards at one time. So when you take a card, you decide if you want to keep it, because it matches one of your continents, or you can just put it on the pile. If you complete your continent set, you place your group of cards face up and recite the names of the countries in that group. Then, you'll take the amount of cards you need from the draw pile to get back to 7. Every player follows in the same way. The winner is the first one to collect your amount of cards for each continent group, and then recites the countries, and finds them on the map. 
*The instructions also provide instructions for a more basic level, as well as an advanced level.

That look when you have the card your sister wants.

Game in progress.

All of the components of this game are sturdy and well made. The game board and larger continent list cards are a glossy cardboard, and could be wiped off if something spilled on them. They are bright and colorful, visually very pretty.

We like this game, and had a lot of laughs as we played! I didn't expect my 16 year old to have as much fun with it as she did, but she really got into it, and the competition was heavy between both of my daughters!  This has a long list of places where it can be played and enjoyed, whether in or out of the classroom. Homeschools, public schools, youth groups, family game nights, parties, your spot :) You're in for a fun time, and you may learn a few more Geography facts while you're at it.
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