April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. That is the day that people all over the world celebrate our beautiful Earth and become more aware of the things we do, or can do, that can protect and restore our beautiful planet. Often, the entire month of April is focused on things we can do to become more “Earth friendly.”
My family and I try to be as socially conscious as possible when it comes to doing our part to help protect our planet. We recycle, we use paper straws instead of plastic ones, we buy things that we can re-use or re-purpose, we giveaway items we no longer need/want to others who can put them to good use, instead of sending things to landfills, and so forth.
The brand Adventerra offers children and families unique games that aim to educate children and families about environmental issues and how they can take action through concrete examples such as waste reduction, renewable energy, recycling and so forth.
Adventerra Games is the winner of over 30 awards! That’s impressive.
I know what some people must be thinking… how can a game about recycling be FUN for children? Trust me, I thought the same thing too, but I thought I’d check out the games to see for myself jumping to that conclusion.
I was sent two Adventerra Games to check out for myself. I received Hungry Bins (helps children learn about recycling) and Polar Adventure (teaches children about the disappearing ice at Earth’s poles).
Hungry Bins (for ages 3+)
Hungry Bins is a classification game that introduces children to how to recycle and compost. Children discover different types of materials and learn to recognize their respective collection bins. To make the matching process easier, each token features the color of the corresponding bin.
I work with children (ages 5-11), and I can tell you from my personal experience that almost all children enjoy memory games (even the older ones). Hungry Bins is a memory game where children take turns to find matching pairs of recyclable items such as food waste, bottles and boxes. Once they find a pair, they can “feed” the cards into the mouth of the various recycling bins.
This game not only helps improve a child’s memory, but it also makes children aware of the types of things that can be recycled (or composted) and how to recognize which bin the recycled objects can go into it.
If a child is not sure which bin the cards go into, they can simply look at the color around the card items. It matches the color of the bin the cards need to be fed into.
The bins featured colorful characters with happy faces, eagerly awaiting to be “fed” the cards.
This game is really cute. My “work kids” have been enjoying this game. The little ones love to “feed” the cards into the mouths of the bins. I sometimes jokingly make sounds like “chomping” as if they bin is really chewing on the item.
Clean up is super easy. There are four sections in the box (under the bins mouths) where you can store the cards. It keeps the card securely inside the box (thankfully).
Polar Adventure (ages 4+)
A game that introduces children to the problem of climate change and how it endangers the lives of polar animals. After building the polar environment, each player takes turns to roll the die and move their animal forward, aiming to be the first player to lead it to the safety of the big iceberg.
This game comes with a fun game board, adorable wooden polar creatures (polar bear, penguin, seal and rabbit, as well as a wooden dice. I like that the items are made out of wood, not plastic. That way they can be recycled if need be. Children can also play with the characters when they no longer want to play the game. These pieces were made to last.
This game is super easy to set up. There is just two board pieces that connect, ships and icebergs that need to be fitted into their bases and the end piece.
The object of this game is to be the first critter to make it to the finish line. Each player selects one of animals to be their playing piece. This games is for 2-4 players.
Each player takes turns rolling the dice. If you roll a tree, you can move your piece forward one spot. If you roll a car or a factory, your piece stays where it is. If you happen to roll a ship or an iceberg, you can use them to block an opponent from moving a space forward right away (they will have to roll a tree, ship or iceberg – depending on the object in front of them – in order to move it out of their way).
This game teaches children about things that are harmful to our environment (cars and factories) and how it’s affecting the polar ice caps, causing them to melt and endangering the animals that call the polar regions home. It also teaches children about our need for trees and why they are so important.
Initially the kid I work with saw this as a “cute” game because of the adorable little animals. I think that is why the girls were the ones to play this game first. It took a little bit before the boys realized it’s not a “girl’s game.” I guess it was the initial cuteness factor that caused them to misinterpret the games target demographic.
This is a game for all genders! Just because it has cute little animals doesn’t mean it’s a “girly” game.
This is a fun game that requires some thought because you want to be able to strategically move the iceberg and ship pieces to block your opponents. My younger work kids took a little longer to understand the game compared to the older kids. Once the little ones picked up on it, they were able to play (and win!) against the older kids.
Both games are a lot of fun. I think it’s great that the games offer children insight into what needs to be done to protect our planet and care for it. In a subtle way, children are learning about important environmental issues.
If you are interested in learning more about these and other Adventerra Games, visit AdventerraGamesUSA.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of those links are fond on the bottom of their website.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.