Tonight for Family Game Night we spent some time learning all about our lovely country with Game of the States from Winning Moves. It was a super fun and educational game that we really enjoyed playing. We learned a lot of fun facts that we didn’t know and it was a great way to teach some geography to our 8-year-old. We also munched on some really yummy snacks from Otis Spunkmeyer. They sent us some amazing snacks that were the perfect game night snack food.
Game of the States by Winning Moves is a really fun way to learn about the United States. There are so many facts mixed into the game that you are learning without even realizing it. It’s a great STEM game for kiddos teaching them fun trivia about every state in the US as well as geography by using the game board that features a United States map. They even throw in some math fun with buying and selling goods from each state. It’s a great way to introduce learning in a fun way.
Inside the box you will find:
1 game board
1 Deck of State Cards (50)
4 Truck Playing Pieces
16 Colored Packages (4 each of the 4 colors)
Who Would Enjoy this Game:
The game is designed for ages 8 and up. There is an alternate version you can play with younger kids who are 6-7 years old. The instructions are in the game booklet. We played it with my 8-year-old and she loved it. My husband and I also really enjoyed it, we actually learned new things about the states that we didn’t know which was fun. The STEM facts are a little difficult for younger readers, our 8-year-old had a little trouble but we just helped her read the cards, the rest of the gameplay is pretty simple.
Is It Fun:
We had a lot of fun playing it. It’s more of an educational game featuring fun STEM facts about all the states. We really like learning new things and for that reason, it was really fun fo us. My daughter loved the map board game, she thought it was so neat to get to see where all the states were and what each state was famous for. She spent a lot of time just look at the different states and asking about each one. She found where all of our relatives live and how far away it was from Oklahoma where we live. She had to play several times so I would say she really enjoyed it.
Gameplay is pretty easy. To set up the game you will each choose a color and pick up your truck and four packages in that color. Lay out the game board in the middle of the table. Give out each person $500 (3-$100 bills, 3-$50 bills, 2-$20 bills and 1-$10 bill). Put the spinner in reach of each player and the shuffled deck of cards. Each person will draw four cards and place one of your packages in each of those states. Read the STEM fact on each card out loud for everyone to hear. Once everyone has their packages set out then draw another card and put your truck in that state. Again make sure to read out the STEM fact for everyone, they are full of fun info.
To play on your turn you will spin the spinner. You will either spin 1, 2, or 3 moves. Each state counts as a move and you must move to states you are connected to but you can move in any direction. For example is you are in Kansas you could move to Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, or Missouri. Each state counts as one move. You are trying to move to a state that has a package in it from another player. Once you land on a state with a package you will ask them “what are you selling”. The player will look at the board and each state has two pictures of things that are commonly produced in that state. You will choose one and report what you are selling. The player will look at the spinner and above the moves is a circle that reads dollar amounts. The one you landed on will be what you offer to buy the goods for. So for example if someone landed on Texas they would ask “What are you selling”, the other player would respond “I am selling oil”, and the player would respond “Will you accept $50?”. The player whose package it is can choose to accept the amount given or they can take a chance and have you spin again. Whatever the second spin is will be what is paid even if it is a lower amount so it is a risk to have them spin again because it might be lower. However, it might also be higher. This is where strategy comes in.
Once you have purchased your package put it in the back of the truck. Draw a card from the deck and read the STEM fact. This is where you are delivery the package. Use your next turns to try to reach the state you drew. Once you reach that state you will deliver the package to the bank who will purchase it from you. Whatever amount you have landed on with the spinner is what you will be paid. You can also choose to respin and that will be the amount you are paid. Again you must decide if the risk is worth it because it might be less instead of more. The bank will pay you and collect the package. You are free to travel to a new space now with another package. Play continues like this until there are no packages left. Once all the packages are delivered then each player counts their money and the player with the most money wins.
Some special things to remember. If you land on the red zone that says Traffic Jam then you lose your turn. If you get towards the end of the game and there are no packages on the board except yours then you can deliver your own package, the bank will pay a flat fee of $50 for delivering your own package. There are alternate version for younger players in the rules booklet.
Really the only concern is age and reading level. For younger kids they will probably need help reading the STEM facts. My 8-year-old struggled a little bit but we just helped her read them. The rest of the game is pretty easy to understand and play. They do include an alternate version for younger players as well. We just stuck with the traditional rules and helped her but that is an option.
Where Can You Buy It:
Visit the Winning Moves site for more information and ordering.
Winning Moves was nice enough to give us an extra Game of the States game to giveaway to one of our lovely readers. Entrants must be 18 or older and US residents to be eligible to win. The winner will receive one Games of the States game from Winning Moves. Entries will be accepted until July 15, 2017. Use the form below to enter & good luck:
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What is Otis Spunkmeyer:
Otis Spunkmeyer is some of the most amazing baked goods you will ever have. They have an entire line of yummy baked goods including cookies, cakes, and more. Each one is filled with love and deliciousness. They have been around for over 35 years and they are just as good toay as they were then. I remember Otis Spunkmeyer from when I was a kid. There was a place in the mall that sold their cookies and every time we went I couldn’t wait to get a cookie from the Otis Spunkmeyer booth. Now you can pick up a box at your local grocery store and bring them home with you. They taste just like what I used to get at the mall and we love them.
We tried out snacks from their new No Funky Stuff line which features yummy snacks that have no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, or artificial flavors/coloring. They all have the same great taste we love without any of the funky chemicals that other snack companies use.
These cinnamon crumb mini loaf cakes are amazing. They make a great coffee cake too if you like something sweet for breakfast. That cinnamon streusel is to good. It’s crumbly and and sweet and all on top of a yummy buttery vanilla cake. So good.
I love lemon and these iced lemon mini loafs are the best. These are a great refreshing snack anytime but they really hit the spot on a nice Summer day. I love that yummy tangy lemon flavor, they are perfect.
Of course who doesn’t love a classic chocolate chunk cookie? These are so good and they make them with the best ingredients like molasses and dark swiss chocolate.
Where Can You Buy Them:
Sold at retailers across the US check out the store locator for a location near you.
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