I love finding fun things to strew around the house for my kids to find and entertain themselves with. New card games, books, art supplies–these are all great ideas. But what my kids really love to find is games. I will be real with you and tell you that yes, my kids usually end up fighting when they play, but they always want to get back on the horse, and I respect their effort.
I received the game Creature Quest to try out with my kids and give my feedback. We loved it and I think you might too.
Do your kids like things a little bit creepy? You want to pique their interest without dealing with nightmares at night? This game is a win for both of you.
Let’s talk about Creature Quest.
How to play Creature Quest
Psst! This is actually a math game. Don’t tell your kids!
While your kids skip around the game board, they’re actually going to be practicing and visualizing the concept of positive and negative numbers. Brilliant, right?!
Game set up is really easy. (There’s no bigger buzz kill than having to “figure out” a game for an hour before actually getting to play.)
Each player grabs a wooden game piece. Players then roll the die and draw the story cards to tell them where they must go. Beware of Medusa! Oh, and there’s trolls as well, among other creatures.
What we loved about Creature Quest
Here’s my very favorite things about Creature Quest: it teaches my kids without feeling like a math lesson.
For us, summer is all about unschooling, natural learning, learning stuff without my kids catching on. This game fits my plans perfectly. Without even guessing it, my kids worked with positive and negative numbers in a visually-spacial way all afternoon.
My kids love the story aspect of this game! They already love Greek myths and tall tales that teeter the edge of creepy. They loved that they had to be careful of not falling past a -21 or they’d be turned to stone by Medusa!
Summer is here, but there will be rainy days and overly hot days where nothing will suffice but staying indoors. Stock up on some fun games that everybody will enjoy playing together.
And a big thank you to Susanne, the creator of Creature Quest! You’ve done an amazing job making a difficult math concept feel like play!
Learning through play is the best way to learn these hard concepts.