When I saw Constitution Quest at a curriculum fair, I was immediately intrigued. (And so grateful for ambitious, creative people!) If you are a U.S. citizen like me, you probably want your kids to:
Constitution Quest does all this and more! This family board game (tweens and older is the most age appropriate fit) is a treasure trove of information and makes learning the Constitution waaay more fun than learning about it in school. So for all you tired parents and teachers, here is a great way to teach without prep and stress!
But let's be honest. How well do YOU know the Constitution? Here are a few sample questions: (Let me know how you did in the comments!)
1. How many states of the original 13 were needed to approve the Constitution?
2. (Multiple Choice)The U.S. President is elected by:
a. the electoral college, whose members are appointed by each state
b. a majority of voters on election day
c. advice and consent of the Senate, whose members are elected by each state.
3. True or False: Congress has the power to tax articles exported from one state to another.
4. A U.S. Senator must be at least _______ years old to hold office.
5. What amendment requires probable cause for a search warrant to be issued?
Answers: 9, a, False, 30, 4th
How did you do? Some of the questions in this game are easy. Some...are tricky. But I'm amazed that when I brush up on these questions, how much better I understand current events. When I hear politicians, or read/listen to political opinion pieces, I feel much more informed and can more easily catch errors and hold people accountable.
My kids take a greater interest in politics when we play this game. They already enjoy listening to presidential debates, but this game helps give them a better framework for what they hear. It is pretty hilarious to hear their comments during the debates-but it also makes me a pretty proud mom.
How to play: Constitution Quest is a pretty typical board game, where everyone chooses a character, in this case, a Founding Father. (My kids usually snatch up George Washington or Ben Franklin first. I always go for James Madison.) As you answer questions, you move around the board. A copy of the Constitution is provided, to help you find the answers. But no fear, they also give you an answer key! Questions specifically focus on the three branches of government and the Bill of Rights, with other questions sprinkled in. The questions range from fill in the blank, multiple choice, true or false or fill-in-the-blank.
I'll be honest, this game can get kind of pricey. It's around the same price as Settlers of Catan. But for my family, it's been a great investment as we learn about the Constitution in a casual, fun way. I hope you give it a try.
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