Pirate Panoply. It is originally found in the Time Travelers: New World Explorers study and I chose it because it is a fun game that teaches you how and why a pirate dressed the way he did. I thought my little fashionista would have a lot of fun with this one and it would be a game that would be a nice break from our normal history work. After I printed the necessary pages (you need one copy of the game board and pieces per player), Little Miss was excited to color her pirate. While she was coloring the pirate, I got a chance to talk to her about what panoply was and how it applied to a pirate. This information was right at the top of the instructions so that was nice to have so we could discuss it. Little Miss then colored the pieces of clothing for the pirate. I also let her color mine because she was having fun coloring. Once she got everything colored for us and cut out, we found a six-sided die and we were ready to play. Playing the game is easy. You roll the die and then you put the right piece of clothing on the pirate. The first one to dress their pirate wins. The game was a fun little break from our normal school routine and now Little Miss knows why pirated wore so many clothes and why they liked such colorful clothes. You are going to have to get this game for yourself if you want to know why pirates dress the way they do.
A Trip to Town. This file folder game is originally found in the Time Travelers: Colonial Life study. I picked this one for Little Miss because we have been reading through the Little House on the Prairie book series and I thought this game would be a perfect compliment to the book series. I printed it off and started looking through it before having my daughter work on it. There were a lot of different elements to this file folder game, but not so many that they were overwhelming. The part that took Little Miss the longest was coloring the game board because she was being very detailed with her coloring. Once she got that done, she worked on the characters and getting the all the other cards cut out these included vocabulary, supplies, questions, and special direction cards. Once she got every thing ready and I helped her tape the game board to the file folder, we read through the directions of how to play. We had to draw cards which became our shopping list and we had to collect our shopping list first in order to win. You use the questions with correct answers and a die to move across the game board. When we first played, we were not very good at getting the vocabulary answers right, but the more we played the more we learned. We also figured out that being lucky with the dice helped us get to the stores and get our supplies. Little Miss especially dreaded the penalty cards where she had to lose a turn because she seemed to be the one to draw them the most. This game is a fun way to learn about early colonial life. It has been challenging to learn the vocabulary. I also like the extra sheets for vocabulary that we want to add so that we can add terms specific to the book series we are reading.
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