Around the World™ Tips
Around the World™ – The Ultimate Global Board Game is no ordinary board game! Around the World™ was developed alongside real people abroad and beyond! In the process, we engaged students, travelers, parents, teachers and librarians to find the best ways to excite young explorers about the world and what it has to offer. Around the World™ is meant to be a starting point in the journey of learning about the global world. It is a fun, interactive way to initiate beginner-level discussions about complex topics, such as diversity, race- relations, global citizenship and international etiquette.
Around the World™ believes strongly in the power of giving. Giving to something of value has immeasurable benefits in our lives and the world – whether we give our time, knowledge, money or volunteer work. We give to receive a bigger goal or vision. Around the World™ aims to challenge young explorers to give in a bigger way either through writing feedback on our website, posting on our blog, sharing travel photographs, sending in new questions or telling a story about their own world experience. This allows for everyone to learn directly from each other – this is how we get our young explorers to empower themselves and create a better world. Players learn that giving is a part of winning and start to realize giving is a way of being a part of the world. To start giving visit www.aroundtheworldgames.com!We’ve collected some useful tips to get the most out of playing Around the World™. Enjoy!
Set aside a pile of cards in which players could not answer correctly. Ask players to search the internet for useful information (and answers!) to the questions. Players will soon be more proficient at researching topics, understanding the vast differences in viewpoints on certain global issues, and better navigators of the internet.
Use the board game as a team-building exercise. Ask players to break into teams using one global scorecard to represent each team (up to 30 players can play together!). Each team needs to discuss and answer the questions together. This is a great way for players to interact within a group setting and share their knowledge about heritage, travel experiences, customs, etc. The goal is to get players talking about these topics and learning important interpersonal communication tools.
Use the card questions as a way to create vocabulary and topic lists. Perhaps a player doesn’t know what a “Muslim” is or where “Oceania” is on the map. Don’t stop there – explore these words and topics on your own after playing the game – perhaps while taking a road trip, going on vacation or meeting new friends. The goal is to get comfortable asking questions and relating to different people and places in a respectful way.
During the play of the game you will notice players will often question some answers or ask a question in a different way. Use this curiosity to create a list of your own questions. Continue to tell stories about your family’s history, heritage, culture and customs. This is a great way to make players feel a part of something and reflective of their own experience. Share these with us at www.aroundtheworldgames.com.
There are several questions regarding currency in this game. Once you have a firm grasp on US currency, challenge players to explore currency from different countries. How much is yen versus lira? Or a dollar versus the euro?
There are several questions regarding capitals of countries, size of continents, bodies of water, etc. Post a giant world map up and pin any state, country, continent, body of water, etc. that is mentioned during the play of the game. Soon you will have “visited” these places in a very real way and players can always look at the map to remember valuable information. The goal is to make more than one “connect” to what players are learning in the game and what they are learning elsewhere.