Save the Earth with Fun Games this April
Adventerra Games Teach Conservation with Sustainably Made Resources
My kids are already looking forward to Easter this upcoming April. And while the Easter Bunny tends to leave a lot of sweets, I would much rather have less sugary treats filling their baskets. That’s why we decided on board games! They are fun for the whole family, plus these particular games are also educational. They are made sustainably and teach kids (and adults!) how it is possible for each person to do their part to help save the Earth. And with Earth Day just 10 days after Easter this year, it highlights a great learning opportunity in a fun way.
Disclaimer: This review was done by team member Emily. She was provided product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are her own and were not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Ride the River of Water Conservation
Water game is all about water conservation. What I loved about all of these games is there is an element of competition where each player gets to move their piece and have their chance to win, but there are also group goals as well. In this game, we had to make sure each player had ten gallons or more of water and we had to make sure the public cistern always had at least 10 gallons in it. If it did not, everyone lost. All three of my kids loved this game.
While the 3-year-old couldn’t read, it’s easy to adapt to read the cards for her. The rest is rolling dice, moving your pieces, and a bit of luck. My youngest and oldest actually ended up tied winners with 48 gallons of water saved each! It’s a quick and fun game for everyone. Plus it sets examples of what uses water wastefully and what is good for saving water. It also teaches that our freshwater is a finite resource, and this is why we need to conserve water to save the earth!
Recycle Your Way to Victory
The kids were super excited to play Recycle Rally as well. It was also super easy for everyone to play, even with the “advanced rules” of upgrading their trucks. Certain recyclables are placed on each building and you roll the dice to get to each building. The trucks can carry two items and have to take them to the proper recycling facility. Every recyclable token we drop off at the proper facility you earn that number of points!
Anything left behind on trucks or in buildings at the end of the week (5-7 rounds) goes in the incinerator. As a group, we had to make sure that we didn’t have more than 24 pieces in the incinerator. We could also work together to get loads to the right places. I love how the competitive nature of the game made us race to get the most points, but we could work together to make sure not too much ended up in the incinerator.
Building Your Way to Energy Savings
Power Haus is a little more complicated. It was fairly easy to adapt it a bit to work with the younger kids, though. The goal is to make your house as energy efficient as possible through using good energy habits, getting rid of bad habits, and buying upgrades. It can move fairly quickly if you go through the house cards and use your energy tokens to get rid of bad habits. The kids also learned money skills using the Adventcoins paper money in 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 denominations.
Saving the Earth from Global Disaster
As the title of the name suggests, Global Warning, the goal of this game is to keep the Earth cool enough. Play by working out which disastrous problems to tackle and where to put your billions of dollars in global improvements. We had to stop stopping deforestation, clean up oil spills, and deal with solid waste. Overall, this is the most difficult game and better suited for my older two kids and I helped the younger of the two. The youngest played on my team to make it fair.
Save the Earth with Fun Skills
We had SO much fun playing these games. The kids wanted to play nonstop and they went to bed almost an hour late (thankfully it’s a weekend). As a mom, I loved that they get to practice their counting, adding, colors, logic, and reasoning. They even work on money skills like determining how much they made and had to pay. I’ll even use it to teach my oldest how to make change! Plus, we are all learning about easy ways we can develop better conservation habits, what actions are not good for our Earth, and the various problems and solutions we face globally every day. Adventerra Games also makes their games from sustainable and recycled materials, so they really put their beliefs into action.