Summer vacation isn’t really complete without, well, a vacation! With the kids off of school, summer is a great time to hit the road and explore all of the fascinating things this world has to offer. But sometimes our schedules get too busy, or we’re just not able to get away. Not to worry: with a little help from MindWare’s educational games, you can take a brainy vacation without ever leaving home!
DestiNation USA: Travel the country state by state, and help your kids develop their social studies skills at the same time! Important landmarks, historical sites and capital cities are encountered as players drive their token cars around the continental United States. The goal? To earn the most points possible by gathering state chips (one point) and destination cards (three points) along the way. As long as travelers have playable cards, their turn continues. “Cruise Control,” “Alternate Route” and “Fly” cards add twists and turns to the journey.
USA Floor Map Puzzle: Can you name all 50 states? Do you know where they each lie on a map? You will—after you piece together the USA Floor Map Puzzle! The soft, chunky puzzle pieces are a great way to make connections between states and geographic regions. The flip side of each accurately-shaped state shows the location of the capital, plus significant national landmarks. When the whole puzzle is completed, it measures about 2 feet by 4 feet.
Does your family have a summer vacation planned? Or will you be taking an educational “road trip” from home this summer?