Scrambled States of America Game

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  • Reviewed on Monday, October 10, 2005
  • Grades Used: Ages 8 and up
  • Dates used: Aug 2005 - present
This is the game based on the book by Laurie Keller also called The Scrambled States of America.

I heard about the game on a homeschool group and decided to give it a try. It has been a HUGE SUCCESS in our home. The object of the game is to send all the states back home by collecting the "state" cards in a pile next to you, called a "home" pile.

The game is quite simple and fun, and I might add, very addicting, even for adults!! I took this to a game party and played a round with the adults to show them what it was, and they played 3 ROUNDS!

Everyone starts out with 5 state cards face up in front of them, and a small map resembling the one from the book. Then, by turns, someone pulls a card from a question pile in the middle and reads it to everyone. Whoever has the state that meets the requirements of the card (ex. "capital has 4 or more syllables" or "state starts with M") gets to move their card to their "home" pile and add a new state card face up in front of them. (Everyone always has 5 state cards in front of them until all 50 states have been pulled from the supplement pile.) Then the next person pulls a question card ect... The person who "wins" is the one who sent the most state HOME!

The game in easily modified for younger players who don't read well, as there are some picture cues to help.

During the game you will cover colors, counting syllables, states, capitals, nicknames, geography, phoenimic awareness, directional skills, the importance of accuracy over speed(there are penalizations for moving too fast and getting the answer wrong when playing with children who understand the more traditonal rules of the game), and distance.

If you haven't heard of this book, you've gotta go check it our!! And the game is even better!