The Junior Entomologist Game is a fun way of integrating learning in science, reading and maths while also developing socio-emotional skills.
All components of the game are downloadable and printable. Laminating is recommended for durability.
The package includes:
- The game board
- Instructions for preparation
- Rules of the game
- Three sets of cards required for playing the game
- Twelve information cards about minibeasts
You will just need to add player tokens, a dice and a pencil and paper for scoring.
Plus Two additional documents, not required for playing the game but useful for additional learning activities, are also included:
- Questions starters — a poster displaying words with which to begin questions; for example, Who, What, Where, When, Why, How.
- Statements and Questions —a worksheet to assist children to formulate their own questions and answers.
These are especially useful if children are encouraged to write their own questions for the information cards supplied in the package or for information books available for their research.
How the game is played
Children take turns to roll the dice and move around the game board. They pick up a card according to the space on which they land.
There are three sets of cards:
- Identify the minibeast —A set of eighteen cards, each depicting a different minibeast. Children earn points if they can correctly identify the minibeast.
- Question — A set of 36 questions whose answers can be found on the minibeast information cards. Children earn points for knowing the answers and for finding and reading the answers on the appropriate information card.
- Lucky Dip — A set of 18 chance cards that may require children to miss a turn, move ahead, go back, be awarded extra points.
Play continues until all the question cards have been used or the allocated time his finished. Points are tallied throughout the game and the player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.