I thought that I wrote an extensive post on all things National Parks a few months ago. And I did. Except they were all things children’s books about National Parks in the U.S.
What I was missing was National Park games.
Seriously, do you realize how many cool games are out there about the National Parks?
Well, let me show you. But before I do, I want to remind you of some of the benefits of these games over other awesome games that exist out there.
Reasons why I love National Park Games for Kids
I guess, first, I just love board games.
Just like books, board games have the ability to prepare kids for an adventure they’re about to experience, or remind them of one in the past.
Unlike books, board games have an interactive element. So, while they may not be able to learn as many of the details of the parks as a book would provide, board games can help kids use vocabulary associated with the parks and the names of the parks themselves in a more natural way.
Games are fun.
(P.S. I have another post about geography-related board games for kids.)
A List of U.S. National Park Board Games for Kids
There aren’t a ton. So, here we go:
Trekking the National Parks: The Family Board Game
What I love about this one is that, from what I can see, it is the only original National Park Board Game. The others I include are remakes of classics with the National Park theme. While they are definitely valuable, it is always fun to introduce a completely new concept to kids. Especially one that’s goal is to help kids learn about National Parks.
Some quick points about this game:
- It’s a Mensa Award winning game.
- It was created to be educational and entertaining.
U.S. National Park Themed Classic Board Games
These don’t need as much explanation since they are all based on games we know and love.
Yahtzee – National Parks
Roll the dice to get a Yahtzee! – National Parks style. An even cooler aspect of this version? It’s travel-size so pack it on your next trip to the parks.
Trivial Pursuit – National Parks
These are available with just the question cards. It’s called the travel edition, but they can be used with a Trivial Pursuit board if you have one. Otherwise, it’s a fun way to ask questions and learn interesting facts about the parks.
Monopoly – National Parks
This board game uses the original Monopoly concept, with a strong National Park theme. Over 60 parks are included, with additional information provided on the backs of the cards. And these are the game pieces: canoe, camera, ranger’s hat, tent, hiking boot, and buffalo. Adorable.
Please note that there are many versions of the National Parks monopoly games. I like this edition, but double check that it fits your needs.
Playing Cards – National Parks
These are just playing cards with beautiful park illustrations. They are the same images used in the 59 Illustrated National Parks book.