Educational Insights Royal Roundup Board Game
Looking for a simple yet fun game for the kids that includes a math component as well? We’ve been having a blast with Educational Insights’ Royal Roundup game. We also modified the rules a bit and made up our own add-on games to extend our play time even further. Read on to see what we did and to see all the photos of the fun we had.
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What You’ll Need
- Castle storage box
- Game board
- 4 horses
- 24 tokens
- Game guide
We started by taking everything out of the (adorably shaped!) box and setting up the game board. As soon as the kids saw the inside of the box and all the goodies inside, they were so excited to get started! We were really impressed with the quality of the game pieces and the game board. Even the castle storage box was built really well (which is important, especially with little ones – there’s nothing worse than a squashed game box!).
To prepare the game board for play, begin by placing all 24 tokens on the spaces around the game board. Next, each player chooses a horse. Each player collects and keeps one token from the game board and puts his or her horse in its place. This will be your horse’s starting spot. This game does involve a bit of strategy (although it isn’t a necessity – which makes this a great game for younger ones as well as older ones). In the end, you will add up the value of the tokens you’ve collected, so you just might want to start on a high numbered token. 🙂
How to Play
- Move your horse along one of the three paths that begin from your horse’s starting point. If you find a token at the end of your path, collect it and save it in your pile. If the token has already been picked up, simply place your horse in the spot and wait until your next turn to move again.
- Play continues with each player taking a turn moving his or her horse along the various paths to new spots.
- The game ends once all the tokens have been collected. Each player then adds up the value of the tokens they collected and the player with the most points wins.
We loved how simple this game was and how easily it can be adapted to either one player or various aged players. If you’d like to play by yourself, simply play with only one horse and see if you can move your horse to only spots with tokens. Pick up the token and then continue play. If you land on an empty spot, you lose. If you manage to collect all the tokens without ever landing on an empty spot, you win! Or, if you are playing with younger players, instead of adding up the points on the tokens at the end of the game, simply add up the number of tokens collected. The player with the most tokens wins the game.
We also added our own ideas for play by taking out two tokens, placing them on the table, and then asking our child to place the horse on the token with the greater number (or lesser number). You could also ask your child to identify which of the two numbers is odd or even, or ask them to add the two numbers together and place that number of counters beside them.
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