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KnowWhere Cards

Submitted by on December 6, 2009 – 9:39 pmNo Comment

“This is a simple card game that if played enough will probably teach children the basic facts about countries. My children’s knowledge will have to be gleaned some other way because I doubt we’ll play this much.”

Buy online at Know All Games

Price: usually £15, currently £9.99

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KnowWhere cards

Initial Thoughts: I love card games. If you have a pack of cards in your bag you’re never short of entertainment. So the KnowWhere card game should tick all the boxes on my internal list of Things I Like That Entertain Children.

I say should because this card game didn’t immediately excite the kids in our house. It’s a simple memory or pairs game using the two packs of cards in the box (we played the Americas and Australasia and then the Europe version). One pack contains the countries, the other the capitals. Separate them (easy to do as they’re different colours), lay them face down and try to pair up capital to country.

We liked: The cards were sturdy and not flimsy, which is good when there’s the chance they might end up in the hands of a three-year-old. I liked their size, although my husband didn’t. The drawing of the countries was very clear and contained a picture of their flags and position on a globe. Having the flags depicted meant that non-readers could play. The box also contained answer cards listing countries and their capitals.

We weren’t keen: The box looked a bit uninspiring, which is a shame when you’re trying to get the children enthused about a new game! The game itself was okay – playing pairs is fun, but not challenging enough for the older children, perhaps. But apparently you can make it harder by giving players a second chance to match the correct pairs if they could name the capital on the country card.

My husband wasn’t too keen on the size of the cards – they did take up a lot of room once all 60 odd were spread on the floor.

Overall: This is a simple card game that if played enough will probably teach children the basic facts about countries of the world. In our house, it will probably get most play in the run-up to exams, as it’s not really great for playing with children of different ages.  Still, if you’re looking for a nice quality game that’s more educational than snap this is probably the one for you.

[Debs, Carrots and Kids]

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