Trekking Through History lets you travel back in time and meet inspirational characters from the past from the comfort of your own home. It has very quickly become one of our favorite educational board games.
Playing board games is my number one top tip for homeschoolers of all ages. Carry on reading to see why Trekking Through History is a must-have game for homeschooling.
We are huge lovers of history in our homeschool and are always looking at finding new ways to make it fun. Carry on reading to see how we add Trekking Through History into our homeschool history curriculum in middle school.
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How to Play Trekking Through History
You are going to love traveling back in time with Trekking Through History. In 60 minutes you will travel as far back as 37,000BCE to more current affairs of 1994.
|2-4 (with Solo Mode)||10+||30 – 60|
- 108 history cards
- 12 ancestor cards
- 1 clock
- 1 neoprene playmat
- 4 pocket watches
- 4 player point markers
- 84 experience tokens
- 20 time crystals
- 4 crystal tanks
- 24 itineraries
- 4 reference cards
- 1 rulebook
- 1 date index
- 24 time warp cards
- 4 time warp markers
- 1 time warp rulebook
Game Set Up
Even though we are seasoned gamers, and we play a lot, every time a new game gets added to our collection it fills me with dread! Actually not so much now Freddie is older, as he works it out for me!
Trekking Through History has actually made it really easy. There are plenty of pictures showing you what it should look like and excellent instructions.
The first time it probably took about 10 minutes, but only because we had to take everything out of the wrapping. After the first go we were game ready within less than 5 minutes.
Playing the Game
Travel through history over 3 days and discover history in a way you have never seen before.
This is a strategy game. We didn’t realize this the first time we played (I blame Freddie for not reading the rules properly, but at least I won the first game!) Not only are you trying to get around the board you are also trying to keep the timeline going in chronological order.
If you don’t you could easily get penalized at the end of the 3 days.
We both love the fact that you change the deck of cards after each day (after about 6 turns each).
Freddie also genuinely enjoyed reading the back of the cards too (the history bit, even if you don’t read the back of the cards you are still learning). See below for some examples and how we incorporate this board game into our homeschool.
Solo Mode Rules
Homeschooling an only child has its challenges certainly when it comes to playing board games. There is no go and play with your brother and sister while I clean up, I have to play too. However, Trekking Through History has a solo player mode. This is ingenious and all games should have this in my opinion!
It’s just a jump to the left….. (sorry I couldn’t help myself!)
When you have played the game at least once (we recommend at least 3 times just to make sure you completely get it!) open up the time warp cards. I love that they really have thought of everything with this game.
Adding the time warps make it that little more competitive!
Trekking Through History Review
We both love it! It very quickly became our favorite history board game and is definitely in our top 10 educational board games.
- The quality of the game is great
- The graphics are great
- The dates they have chosen are perfect (carry on reading to see what I mean)
- It’s a strategy game and great for competitive players
- You are learning while playing
- The game flows really nicely and is varied so it doesn’t get boring
- The kids are not playing video games (yes, I am that mom!)
If you are regular board game players like we are, you know how annoying it is to get everything back in the box!
This is one of my little pet peeves, but luckily for me, Trekking Through History has got it right! They have included a lid for the tokens and crystals, and the lid actually fits firmly in place.
I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to a board game and the bits go flying out, all on the floor. But if you know what I am talking about, it won’t happen with this board game!
As you can see below everything fits nicely back in the box when finished playing!
Playing Trekking Through History in Homeschool
There are 108 history cards included, these are our favorite 6 below so you can see how we incorporate Trekking Through History into our homeschool.
- 1503 – Paint with Leonardo da Vinci (this card took us down a rabbit hole for hours, as we went to a pop-up Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in London a couple of years ago.) So we grabbed our books on him and learned even more. We just left the game on the table and came back to it the next day.
- 1601 – Write a play with William Shakespeare. We have been studying the Bard for over a year now. Check out our favorite Shakespeare books for kids if you need inspiration.
- 1752 – Fly a kite with Benjamin Franklin, we have just created these Benjamin Franklin coloring pages, so when this card came up we had a long chat about his kite experiment.
- 1776 – See the Declaration of Independence signed
- 1909 be psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud (check out the best philosophy books for kids)
- 1963 – share a dream with Martin Luther King Jr. We have just returned from a weekend in Atlanta and while we were there we visited the civil rights museum. On turning this card over we had a really long chat, again, about the civil rights movement. (Check out our Martin Luther King activities for kids)
There were other cards on places we had been on vacation such as Mauritius, and Petra which I visited over 20 years ago. Pretty much every card that was in play we could talk about and learn more about.
Get your copy of this amazing board game today.
This is the perfect gift for history lovers.
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Last Updated on 20 November 2022 by homeschoolof1