Monday, June 24, 2013

Medieval History Memory Game: A Mosaics Review

I am terrible with completing the supplements for history. I mean, they all sound super fun and I even sometimes purchase the supplies, but inevitably most are pushed to the side and eventually forgotten.

That's where The Classical Historian's Medieval History Memory Game comes in. We aren't hard core with history just yet, but since they do enjoy some extra reinforcing activities we were excited to crack this open. Now, truth is, it is a memory game pretty much like other memory games. You spread the cards out and try to find matches. The big deal about these cards though, are the historical photos on them (think William Shakespeare, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Crusaders). Each photo corresponds with a different Medieval historical event, helping to pique interest in and reinforce learned historical facts that pretty much encompass the entire known world at the time. You will see photos dealing with everything from works of arts to the religious turmoil between the Catholic church and the leaders of the Reformation. While it is just a simple memory game, it does open the door up to a lot of discussion and research and is a great way to introduce little ones to some history.

Besides the memory version of the game, there is also an alternate game that is won by sorting the photo cards into categories according to the region they happened in. This is a nice variation if you have older children.

The Medieval History Memory Game costs just under $15 or you can purchase as a set at a discounted price, and is recommended for ages 3+, and I think a younger child could match the pictures if they can play other memory games already. The Classical Historian also offers memory games from other time periods as well, plus many other history curriculum and supplemental items.

My final thoughts:

The game was ok. There is some value in the images on the cards, but at the end of the day it is a memory game and it got old very quickly. I am also not sure the price point is right as most similar memory games go for $5 or less. The cards are quite a bit thicker than your typical toy store memory game so that does make the price a little more palatable, especially if they will pass through a lot of little hands.  I can also see the value in introducing a game like this to a younger child rather than trying to dig into a full curriculum. This would be a great way to "unschool" history and if the games weren't quite so expensive, I would consider purchasing more.

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