Uncivilized? well, Civilize This!

PhotobucketFounded in 2007 by a Canadian Mom, Griddly Games states : “Our philosophy is to offer games that encourage social interaction, learning, strategy and challenges that anyone can enjoy.”

Early in August we received their Wise Alec Game, Civilize This! to review.  This game really makes history fun.


Created for children ages 8 and up, and for 2-4 players, we found our family pushed the envelope.  We had our 4 year old play along with us, and we had no trouble playing with 6 players.  The game contains 4 decks of cards and a colored die.  You roll the die to see what cards you will answer questions from.  Each card contains an easy question and a harder one.  You answer questions about Ancient, Modern and Medieval time periods.

Our favorite deck was the Wise Alec deck.  These cards were great for family members of ALL ages to participate with.  You will find yourselves marching, saluting, speaking in accents, doing pushups, and pretty much laughing until you can hardly breathe. 

This is a stand alone travel game or can be used as an expansion set for the Wise Alec Trivia game.


Point values are assigned to answers on the history cards, and for the actions on the Wise Alec cards.  The game suggests playing for a certain point value, yet we found it easier to play until a timer ran out.  It kept the games from going on too long and kept the younger children engaged. 

I will tell you, this game exposed exactly how much or how LITTLE we knew in certain areas of history.  As a teacher/mom I was able to see what areas we should go back and review!  You don’t need to be a homeschooling family to receive benefit from this game.  If your children attend school outside the home and you want to help them brush up on their history facts, this is a great way to sneak learning in!

We were not able to be as competitive with this game as we have been with others.  This was borne from the fact that the majority of family members were stumped as we played the game.  Still, everyone was eager to glean new bits of trivia each time we played.  It is becoming much more of a school time game than a family fun game.  I often use it now as a break from the History books, and a way to get all the kids learning together.

If you are interested in purchasing this game for your family; please visit the Where to Buy page of the Griddly Games Website.  Prices may vary depending on where you purchase, but a common retail price seemed to be around $15.00.

Be sure to check out what other families have to say about this game and how it worked in their homes, by visiting the The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew blog.



As an independent contractor with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I received a Civilize This! game free of charge. It was provided by Griddly Games solely for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation has been received.  I am under no obligation to furnish a positive review.


Flea Circus! by R & R Games

RnR Games Flea Circus

This is such a fun game! The second it arrived and was open, I had to hide the box!  I wanted the kids to wait just one day more before they played it! (We had some friends coming over the next day and I knew it would just be more fun with more kids!)

It has been played nearly everyday since.  When they wake up in the morning, I hear  “Mom, tan we pweeze pway fwee sur-tus?”  from my 4 year old.  The 8 year old begs too, he just doesn’t have quite the endearing lisp the little guy does.  Smile

The rules are easy to follow, and game play is quick.  This is a great thing to consider when you are playing games with the elementary set.  It only takes about 20 minutes to play from start to finish.  It is a very engaging game.

Who can play? ~ It was created for children ages 6 and up, but my 4 year old, and our 5 year old friend, had NO trouble playing and keeping up with the game.  Moms, Dads, Grandpas and Grandmas, don’t be afraid to join right it!

Where can I find it? ~ Click to find a store locator near you or buy directly from the R&R website.

Cost? ~ $15.95 from the R & R Games website.

The object of the game ~  The Flea Circus has come to town and all the cats and dogs have come to watch all the clowns, acrobats and jugglers.  Your job is to play your flea cards right and collect the most cats and dogs… but beware of the Dog Catcher !!

The game helps with number recognition, addition skills and early multiplication (counting by two’s), as well as, building up memory and observation skills. You need those to keep track of the cards and their functions, and who has what cards in play.  It is also apparently very important to my children to have their animals very organized and in straight lines by species. (maybe we are just a bit OCD)

RnR Games

Our family recommends this game to families everywhere and not just those with elementary aged children. ( I won’t embarrass my High School kids and tell you how much they liked the game Winking smile)  It was a great game to play with a few neighborhood friends or when your cousins come to visit.  It would even be great game to take on a trip; the box is small enough to fit in luggage and the game could be played easily on a hotel room bed.


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To see what other reviewers have to say about this product and many more visit the TOS Homeschool Crew page.

Don’t forget to stop by the R & R Games site to see what other great games they offer!  They are so sure you will like one or two of them that they are offering a 20% discount code good for any purchase from their website until 12/31/11.  Use code: CREW20 at checkout.


I received the game Flea Circus! from R & R Games free of charge. R & R furnished this game solely for the purpose of this review to Independent Contractors of the TOS Homeschool Crew Program. No other compensation has been received, and I am under no obligation to furnish a positive review.

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