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P Duggan
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This could vary greatly depending on the age range of the kids involved. Mine are only in first grade as of now, but I'm not averse to investing now in games that will be useful for homeschooling later.

For a historical game, it has to have reasonably accurate historical content, as I'd like it to supplement history instruction.

The game is going to have to be somewhat fun, but have real educational value (repeated practice with math is valid, but I'd rather the game not just consist of math problems).

[update] I've been asked what I mean by educational value. Its a tricky question. I guess I just mean that I want a balance between "games that are educational" and "educational games". Where the task perfored in the game is a directly related to the subject at hand (trivia tests, math problems, etc) is less what I'm looking for than one where one will have reason to increase mastery at the educational task in the course of an engaging game.

And while all games for young kids will have some educational component in learing 'thinking skills' or ability to calculate probabilities, I guess I'm just looking for a balance between them. It's a 'gestalt' thing where I can sit back after a game session with the kids and say 1) we had fun and 2) we reinforced an educational area. So I'm looking for the best games in this arena.

If you have particular experiences in using a game for educational purposes, please post how you used it.
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1. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1460]
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Presumably a game of this will vary greatly from historical events, but it would seem to do well at providing the 'grand sweep' of history. Also, its a game I want to get and the homeschool angle is probably just a bonus.
 
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2. Board Game: Apples to Apples Kids [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4902]
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Educational value: linking ideas and concepts. Reading training.
 
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3. Board Game: 10 Days in the USA [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1790]
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Useful for teaching geography?
 
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4. Board Game: Anachronism [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5199]
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From the History Channel. The accuracy would seem to come from the data on the cards, not the game's play
 
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5. Board Game: Manifest Destiny [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2811]
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This'll have to wait until they're older, but it's an enjoyable intro to the forces that shaped U.S. history (and some of the goods produced in different areas of North America).
 
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6. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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A cooperative game where players attempt to save Earth from "ecological, socio-economical and diplomatic-military crises."
 
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8. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2002]
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For teaching kids about magnetism....
 
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This is a good one for teaching about the effects of the period of European colonization on the rest of the world...
 
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My kids like this one, and it easy to stump the adults too when the letters mean the appropriate word is obscure
 
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11. Board Game: The Journeys of Paul [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:10266]
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I actually found this at a homeschool fair, and we've got alot of Sunday play out of it. Teaches ancient Mediterranean geography, and a bit of bible.

My kids now hear bible stories and say "that's like in the Journeys of Paul Game, daddy"
 
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Seems like this one would be handy, as it contains lots of good dinosaur facts on the cards.
 
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13. Board Game: Broadside [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5261]
Richard Reilly
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This and the other "American Heritage" games might be good, if you can find them. While not particularly realistic as simulations, each has nice components and comes with a colorful booklet that describes the history of the time/place. I played a lot of these in my early teens. Playing them made me want to learn more about the history. I consider Broadside the best of the series, as it's pure strategy (which will exercise your kids' abstract thinking skills); Battle-Cry I thought was the second best. Skirmish and Dogfight are much more luck driven--as I recall--but still worth playing.
 
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14. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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You really must introduce them to Go at some point. I started learning it as a teen. It may not be specifically "educational" but it will definitely exercise their logical thinking skills. Besides that, I treasure the memories of playing this with my father, as he and I learned to play it together. . . and are still playing it together, 25 years later.
 
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15. Board Game: Chariot Lords [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4316]
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The 'britannia' style game would seem to have just enough historicity to it to be a valuable play, and the setting is one that has affinity for some homeschoolers.
 
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