Exploring Forms of Government through PlayHeather Woodie
If you are teaching your tweens and teens world history and government, there’s a new tool for your homeschool supply stash: Civitas!
Civitas is a game designed and developed by Tyler Hogan, president of Bright Ideas Press. The game complements Chapter 15 of North Star Geography, teaching the forms of government. If you are not a North Star Geography user, the game is equally as relevant to a curriculum which surveys the various kinds of government around the world.
Learn Forms of Government Through a Card Game
Here are the main features of Civitas:
- Cards are played according to how each particular form of government operates.
- The game play is similar to Uno .
- The rules are easy to learn, and there are reference cards if you need help remembering what happens next.
- Players experience forms of government by acting out their methods of engagement. Players establish leadership, pass laws affecting other players, and rule the game at a quick pace.
- Civitas provides a lively family time with great discussions of government and current events.
- The game is a creative way to cement the concepts of government without any prep work on the part of mom or dad.
More Civitas Game Features
Each game box includes 225 playing cards, 12 leadership cards, and rules of play.
Forms of government include: democracy, theocracy, communism, plutocracy, monarchy, military, republic, and anarchy.
The various governments are their own decks (8 all together), and you can mix and match to play a different game each time. Start out simple and work up to playing with all the decks and many governments.
Benefits of Playing Civitas Card Game
Playing games to reinforce concepts is an age old practice. What are some reasons to play Civitas?
1. Family Fun
This game provides hours of family fun time. You can play a game in a few minutes or play multiple, increasingly complex rounds for hours of fun!
2. Easy to Learn
The game format is basically Crazy 8s with all kinds of change ups and specifications based on the type of government in charge during the round. Don’t worry. The reference cards make it easy to keep track of how to play.
3. Play for Experience
With Civitas, players immerse themselves in all the forms of government. Each time you play, you become more and more familiar with the different types of government.
4. Multi Age Appeal
Civitas keeps the interest of old and young players (starting at age 10).
5. Crowd Pleaser
Civitas is great for a crowd. In fact, we found that a larger group of players made the game even more fun.
If you want a fast paced, hands on approach to teaching what otherwise might be a dull topic, give Civitas a try!