“Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” This popular game show on Fox in 2007 and now in reruns, shows how often adults forget much of what is learned in school. Players often are unsure of even second and third grade level questions. How can we improve on this trend of forgetfulness in our homes? A home trivia game is the perfect review tool for all ages.
Family fun is an important part of homeschooling. Pairing family time with game time and a personalized trivia game is the perfect activity for an evening together. Making a game is easier than it seems. A stack of questions and a game board is all you need. You may modify any game board or create your own just using paper, cardstock, or cardboard. Just moving from start to finish the fastest keeps this trivia game simple and focused on the questions and the fun!
Suggested question topics for ages 3-7
- Science: What do we call this bone or joint? (point to indicated area)
- Math: Very simple addition or number recognition.
- History: What is the name of our country’s President?
- Geography: What state does Grandma live in?
- Family Facts: Which child in our family lost a tooth at the earliest age? or What is our address?
- Movies: How many children are in the Von Trapp family?
- Music: Sing the first verse of ____________. or Hum a tune for teammates to guess.
Some of these questions would become to simple and be replaced later with challenging questions as the child advances. Other questions could be reworded such as asking, Who was elected President of the United States in the year XXXX?
Remember, the young child may be teammates with another player until reading skills are mastered. The point is to have fun and sometimes see if dad knows about that unusual animal studied during homeschool science. The kids really love when they can answer such a question!
Options for play:
- Color code squares on the board to decide which topic the player must answer.
- No board at all: Mix all topics and the first to answer 20 questions correctly wins.
- Roll a die or dice. Doubles lets the player choose any category. Other numbers specify a category: 7=Science.
- Categories specifically to encourage a young child’s involovement. Colors: What color is Big Bird?
- Travel option 1: Simply answer the questions and each player to miss a question is out of the game. The last player remaining wins.
- Travel option 2: If you are able to write well enough to make tick marks, just choose a number and the first to get that many correct wins.
So, keep a box of 3×5 cards in a box easily accessible and you may be surprised how often you add a new question to your Homeschool Trivia Game. Educational cartoons or shows such as ones on PBS are great sources of fun facts.